Youth Speaker University Interview with Shawn Ellis

Have you ever been frustrated by speakers bureaus?

Have you been struggling to keep up with all the changes in the speaking industry?

Are you ready to increase your fee, but you just don’t know how?

Are you looking for some fresh ideas on how to stir up new business?

These are just a few of the topics I discussed during my recent interview with Brooks Gibbs from Youth Speaker University, and you can listen to the full audio here:


And if you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend reading the recent Inc. magazine feature on “The Art and Business of Motivational Speaking” which centers around Brooks and YSU’s founder, Josh Shipp. (Josh is one of the nation’s top youth speakers and was named one of Inc.’s30 Under 30” in 2009.)

These guys are doing some exciting things, and as a matter of fact, if you’re either an established or an up-and-coming youth speaker, go register for Josh’s FREE video series on how to make an impact and an income as a youth speaker. (Available for a limited time.)

Leave a comment below and let me know what you learned from the interview — and I’d especially be interested in your feedback on our talk about what “Speakers Bureau 2.0” and/or a 360-degree speaker support firm might look like. Would you be interested in this kind of partnership?


9 Comments on “Youth Speaker University Interview with Shawn Ellis

December 30, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Great interview. You did a fantastic job. Thanks for what you do. bg

December 30, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Hey Brooks – It was my pleasure. Thanks for asking great questions! 🙂 You guys keep up the great work over there!

Reggie Stevens
December 30, 2010 at 6:14 pm

FANTASTIC interview! Love this concept!

January 4, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Thanks for listening, Reggie, and I appreciate your feedback! Stay tuned… we’ll be working through this idea more in the weeks and months ahead. Any other input or specific ideas is welcome. Thanks again!

Youth Speaker
May 29, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Shawn, I am in the YSU course and it’s insanely beneficial to my speaking business. As a youth speaker I need to surround myself with those who do what I do and know why I do it and that’s exactly what YSU does for me. Thanks for posting this interview. Brooks always does a good job.

May 31, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Thanks for stopping by. Glad to hear the YSU program is working well for you! Brooks and Josh are great guys, great teachers.

November 13, 2011 at 11:46 am

Thanks for the free guide on how to break into the youth speaking market. I’ve been trying to do this for the past 2 years and am just starting to gain some success. Thanks again.

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January 13, 2018 at 4:03 am

Hey guys am Mbongeni Sefatsa from South Africa am interested in your and love speaking but don’t know how to connect with program in South Africa

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