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Mike Michalowicz

“I am walking proof that a nobody can become a somebody... There is a pathway to get there. I recommend Path to the Mainstage.”

Ramon Ray

“Li Hayes knows those ninja things that event planners want, the stuff that goes on behind the curtain."

Cindy Ashton

“Real world experience and inside information... from both speakers’ and event planners’ viewpoints. Fantastic!"

Stages where my speakers appear - (and you can too!)


As an Event Integration Agent, I teach the behind the curtains knowledge needed and the processes employed that propel "unknown” experts and influencers to the mainstage. I lay out what it takes to exceed the expectations of event planners, to get testimonials, referrals and ultimately land more gigs! There is a specific path to the mainstage. That is what I share.

Gate keepers, agents and speaking experts share backstage secrets with me about the business of speaking; how speakers create success and why they fail. I want to share my insider knowledge and teach you the Path to the Mainstage.

Discover how speakers are REALLY selected. Most speakers struggle to get noticed because they only look as far as the event planner. They don't promote themselves to the entire prevailing triad that is ultimately responsible for speakers appearing at events.

Universally, these triads choose one speaker over another for the same three reasons. Yet most speakers don’t address these points!

You think they are looking for a certain topic, or a certain price or type of speaker. But the WHY of the selection process goes much deeper than that.

Discovering WHY will get you on more stages.

Avoid the huge mistakes, that even highly experienced speakers make, that destroy speaking opportunities.

Planners seldom reveal the blunders to the speakers themselves. When a speaker makes one of these common missteps, speakers don’t get rehired and the word spreads quickly to other planners!

As an Event Integration Agent, I debrief with multiple factions of the prevailing triad after the speakers leave the stage. I know the common fatal mistakes that ruin speakers. Avoid doing things that will cost you repeat performances, testimonials, referrals and future gigs.

Master the steps to success. Getting to the Mainstage requires the right skills, tools and processes.

Learn all of the aspects of the business of speaking that you need to succeed.

Speaking mastery is much more than a well crafted keynote - content is only around 17% of what impacts your speaking business. Gain understanding about how much to charge, how to get value that goes well beyond a speaker fee, how to get gigs, how to negotiate contracts, how to avoid alienating clients, how to communicate with bureaus, what matters on your website, the secret value of social media, and so much more.

The steps are easy, the work is HARD. Anyone who tells you that taking your speaking career to the next level is easy, is lying. But having worked for years both for speaking events hiring speakers, and as a speaking agent getting speakers gigs, I will offer you insights and experience that will accelerate your success. This is your year to turn the corner and make your speaking career take off!!

Join Path to the Mainstage for videos that reveal the secrets and insights you need to get more gigs and make more money as a speaker. You will also get templates for contracts, one-sheets, bios and proposals. Bonus resources include checklists, prep-sheets, essential links and more.

You Will Learn

  • How to prepare for and nail negotiations to land gigs.
  • The magic phrase that compels event planners to give you information.
  • Why your current contract is losing you money and how to fix it.
  • What event planners really want (your topic isn’t even in the top 3).
  • How to get your book written and all about ghostwriters.
  • How to discover your optimal target market.
  • How to immediately increase your celebrity status.
  • The methods that successful speakers used to jumpstart their own careers (and how you can do the same.)
  • How to earn value at events 5 to 10 times more than your speaking fee.
  • About the hiring decision components that are common to every event.
  • Agencies, bureaus, public relations and what you need to move ahead.
  • The other reason social media is important and how to make it work for you.
  • And So. Much. More.

Full Path to the Main Stage access is $19/month (billed annually)

Frequently Asked Questions

Use the site for 10 days. If you don't feel you are getting a stage full of information that will put you on the path to growing your speaking career or take it to the next level, email us at and you will cheerfully get a refund. Make sure to put "REFUND Path to the Mainstage" in the subject and be sure to include your name and contact info.

Cancel at anytime and you will not be charged the renewal fee at the end of your membership year. If you want to cancel, send an email to, Put “CANCEL Path to the Mainstage” in the subject and your renewal status will be cancelled, but feel free to continue enjoying training until the end of the year. Be sure to include your name and contact info.

Only $19/month, billed annually. ($228/year) Fee covers full access to the Path program including all videos, templates, downloads.

12-months, unlimited access to PATH site including video sessions, forms and templates, downloadable training/reference materials, resource links and information. Training is about all aspects of the business of speaking and what you need to succeed.

The advanced MAINSTAGE program includes LIVE training and DEEP DIVE webinars with expert speakers in every area of the speaking business. Also included are coaching calls, an interactive community of speakers, and additional resources. The MAINSTAGE is available to select individuals and by approval only. See if you have what it takes to go to the next level. If you are ready to GO BIG, you should apply to join the MAINSTAGE program. For more information on how to apply, send an email to with “MAINSTAGE” in the subject line.