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Josh Shipp Used to Get Kicked out of Class for Talking: Now he Gets Paid to Talk

| November 5, 2009 | 7 Comments

U30: You’ve appeared on TRL, FoxNews, Comedy Central and Cosmo Girl.  How’d you score the press?

I started all this as a professional speaker- going around to high schools and colleges and speaking to large audiences. But that doesn’t translate to media. A speech is one person to five hundred.  Media is one person to one person times give hundred.
Once I understood this, I knew I needed to pitch myself to the media a teen communication expert or teen advice guy.  Not a “motivational speaker” shoot me.  That, and you need to be unique.  Not in content or message, but in delivery.  It’s not what you say- it’s how you say it.

U30: What is some advice for young entrepreneurs who want to start diving into online video themselves?

Just do it.  Seriously. Stop thinking. And strategizing. And formulating your dream board and just turn on a camera and go.  My first videos were awful. I mean horrible. But my fifth one was a bit better, and video #50 was pretty solid. Practice makes improvement.

U30: How did you book your first paid speaking engagement? How do you make the leap from non-paid speaking to paid speaking?

How did I make the leap from non-paid to paid? Watch: I asked to be paid. At first $500. Then $1,000. Then $2,500. Now $5,000.
If you’re good at what you do, you’ll find the more you charge the more demand you’re in and the better clients you’ll get.  You get what you charge for.

U30: How well does social media work to engage with teens? They are on it to talk to their friends, but they don’t seem to be into Twitter or blogging.  How do you reach your demographic online?

I’m anywhere they might be. Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc.
Most of my audience is on Facebook.  But some are still holding onto myspace and some are early adapters to Twitter.  Why this works for me: Number one, I authentically like Facebook. I know how to use it. I like it. It’s me. So I don’t appear to be some suit on there trying to sell crap.  Number two, It’s where my audience is at.
Don’t always ask your audience to go to YOUR blog or YOUR website or YOUR site.  Go to theirs.

U30: You are insanely passionate about what you do.  What advice do you have for young people trying to find their passion?

You know what it is.  If you say you don’t – I don’t believe you. You just don’t have the guts to pursue it. Neither do I. Neither did anybody.  Take a deep breath and jump.  You’ll be scared out of your mind but the confidence will build once you pursue your passion- instead of sit around and dream about it.

U30: Who are your mentors and how can young entrepreneurs go about finding their own?

Many.  The best way to learn is from someone who’s been there.  My virtual mentors include Jamie Oliver, Kevin Carroll, Mark Sanborn, Frank Kern, and Tony Hawk.  I also have mentors you’ve never heard of, but that are incredibly successful and teach me something.
The best way to approach a mentor is: try to find an introduction point from someone you know, don’t waste their time, prepare questions in advance, and actually be pursuing and making progress in your field.

U30: You just scored your own TV show called Jumpp Ship.  What did you do to land a deal?

It takes ten years to become an overnight success.  Lot of hard work, airline miles, and networking to become the go to guy for advice for young adults.  It’s all about have a unique delivery in a niche.  That’s attractive, especially for non-fiction reality TV.
If you wanna have a TV show, think about what you can do today that will help you get that show in 5 years.  I wanted a show five years ago, but honestly wasn’t ready.  Are you good on camera? Do you have a unique way of delivering your message? Have you written a book? Been quoted in articles?  Get on it.

If you want to be a speaker like Josh, check out his upcoming seminar here.  Find out more about Josh Shipp (HeyJosh) at his website joshshipp.com.

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  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    Josh, awesome stuff here, I like your “get on it” attitude. It really is all about just going out and taking the leap. I also really like how you mentioned your “virtual mentors” people you may not have ever had the chance to meet, but still inspire you. It's important to have both.

    Keep up the good work, I hope to become an overnight success in the next 10 years.

  • http://www.samdiener.com Sam Diener

    Josh – you remind me of me. I don't get paid to talk…. yet. But I did get kicked out of class. A LOT! ;)

  • judahswagertyebizsuccesscoach

    Good Stuff bro!

    It's nice to see you giving back to the youth of our great nation. You are right, teens have nobody but now they have Josh Shipp! You Rock !!!

    Judah Swagerty
    Internet Marketing / Entrepreneur Success & Life Startegies Coach

  • http://www.rockstarlifestyledesign.com/ Greg Rollett

    Josh is an awesome dude and his stuff is addicting. What I found interesting is that he said Frank Kern was a virtual mentor. If he's talking about IM Guru Frank Kern, we're in the same boat. Josh works hard and his show is well deserved.

  • http://www.rockstarlifestyledesign.com/ Greg Rollett

    Josh is an awesome dude and his stuff is addicting. What I found interesting is that he said Frank Kern was a virtual mentor. If he's talking about IM Guru Frank Kern, we're in the same boat. Josh works hard and his show is well deserved.

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  • http://www.climbonsuccess.com Youth Speaker John Beede

    I love josh’s advice to just get in there and start doing it! You’ll learn as you go. I remember seeing him speak in 2001 and he’s come a long way since then…. he’s living proof in the power of taking action.