Was it only in July that the Prime Minister, Theresa May, made way for a Tory party successor? Because it really seems longer. That's just the mad state of British politics today. But Theresa May is back in the headlines this week, not for her Grenfell speech in the Commons, but for her potential speech income. And that's all as a result of the Washington Speakers Bureau. Because they've signed her up for corporate events and keynote conference speeches.
Of course making money with a speech income isn't a new thing. Tony Blair conference speeches make a significant sum for the former Prime Minister. Even Gordon Brown's public speaking is proving significant. And the Tories? Well, a David Cameron speech payday is another proof positive that a former Prime Minister can command good public speaking fees.
But all this speech income is dwarfed by the public speaking fees of successful public speaker Bill Clinton. Truly enormous speaker fees. And of course the Hillary Clinton speech fees have also proved very extensive.
So it's no wonder that various public speaker bureaus are so keen to sign up former Presidents, Prime Ministers, Secretaries of State or Chancellors of the Exchequer. Since there's a worldwide market out there for their thoughts and opinions…even for Boris Johnson speeches.
But despite the enthusiasm of the Washington Speakers Bureau, public reaction was very reserved. Could the former Prime Minister really cut it as a paid public speaker? And generate a decent speech income?
And of course much of this priceless reaction is the result of the 2017 Theresa May conference speech nightmare. Since it really didn't put the public speaking Theresa May in a favourable light.
However, I'd urge you not to put too much score on that one speech, let alone the somewhat wooden appearances at others. Because you can't doubt that she has the necessary skills and experience to be on the keynote speech circuit. She really should be able to bank all those years as a Minister to build her speech income on the circuit. And should she choose themes that reflect fortitude and resilience then I'm sure that she will be a bonus as an inspirational speaker.
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