Protecting Your Intellectual Property as a Professional Speaker

Professional speakers reveal their intellectual property every time they get on an in-person or virtual live stage to present.

Speakers will typically reproduce their own intellectual property by writing books, whitepapers, and blog posts. More advanced speakers will go the next level by developing membership websites, web-based tools and in-depth training and consulting services packages.

How Intellectual Property Gets Stolen

I almost got kicked out of my very first National Speakers Association chapter meeting in 2003 because I attempted to record a speaker during his amazing presentation.

I had no idea this was forbidden!

Unfortunately, audience members can have malicious intent by recording, and then reselling, intellectual property provided during presentations. Such an act is against the law and punishable by incarceration!

How can we protect ourselves from thieves? That’s the topic for this ongoing page as it is discussed in Make Money Speaking on Clubhouse with Lois Creamer.

As Discussed on August 2, 2021, in Make Money Speaking on Clubhouse

  • One of the biggest decisions a professional speaker faces is whether to allow the client to record the presentation and share it with others. Do you add it to your contract that you should be paid additional for use of the recording? Do you automatically refuse that the client cannot ever record your content and distribute it?
  • An interesting point was brought up in the MMS discussion, which was, “How often do you really go back and look at recordings you’ve made of other people speaking? Very seldom happens. So, do you really have to worry about a huge number of people watching your content?