Are you a journalist?
- Please put PRESS in the subject line of your email.
- If you’re on deadline, also let me know in the subject line because I only spend about an hour a day in the morning answering email. The rest of the day I just skim the subject lines and only write back if it’s important.
- P.S. “Social Media Is BS” is fine. You don’t have to use “Social Media Is Bullshit” if there’s an issue with the title. I know the drill at this point. It’s totally cool if you can’t use the book’s name due to the swearword.
Want Me To Speak At Your Event?
I’m going to sound like an asshole here. Please let me apologize in advance. It’s not my intention, but after a few years of doing conferences and other speaking engagements, I’ve come to a form a few certain rules to ensure that everyone is happy. So here they are:
1. Yes. I would love to speak at your event. I’m very good on stage, and that’s why I kept doing the presentations even though my original plan was to just release “Social Media Is Bullshit” and then do something else with my life. However, I can’t do the event for free. I’m really sorry. I hate saying no to things, but it’s not something I can do anymore.*
*There are certain exceptions. For example if I’m in town anyway for something else, or need to come into town for other things, then that’s a different story because I’m there anyway. This is especially true for Chicago. So if your event is based there, let me know that.
I also don’t charge to come into a classroom for a professor or to do book signings.
If you don’t have the budget for speakers but want me to do an event, contact me anyway and I can see when / if I’ll be heading your way.
Oh, one other thing: I absolutely refuse to do events or conferences where it’s pay to play. I’ve never paid anyone to let me present and I never will, so if your event has its speakers paying you to present, that’s not something I’m interested in doing.
2. I sometimes swear during my presentations. Usually for comedic effect. I never had an audience that had an issue with this, and usually my presentations are the ones that people talk about the most at an event. However, I have run into organizations putting on the events who have an issue with this. So, if your event or organization has issues with swear words during presentations, DO NOT CONTACT ME. I do make a conscious effort not to swear, and I swear way less than I used to, but I can’t promise it’s not going to happen.
3. Ditto when it comes to a dress code. I wear nerdy t-shirts, jeans, and sneakers. If you want me to dress up, I’m not doing your event. There’s a very specific reason for this: When you talk about what I talk about, and you’re on stage wearing a suit and tie, or collared shirt and slacks, you lose all credibility because the people who know what I know don’t dress like that.
(Random but true: This is also how you spot bullshit artists when it comes to online marketing. I’m not saying you should trust the guy or girl wearing flip flops instead, but I’d be a little wary of someone dressed like that and telling you how to grow a brand on Twitter. Actually, I’d be skeptical of anyone telling you how to grow a brand on Twitter, but you can read my last book for why that is.)
How To Book Me
If you’re cool with all that, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and put BOOKING in the subject line. I charge a flat fee between $7,000 and $10,000 determined by a bunch of factors like event size and location. I don’t ask anyone to pay for my travel and accommodations, the flat fee covers that, which is why the price is what it is and why it fluctuates. I know speakers are weird about putting their prices out there, but I honestly don’t care anymore. I’m probably way undercharging.
Anyway, sorry again, but over the past few years I found every event I booked was booked by people not contacting Macmillan Speakers (who represents me) but by contacting me directly. I don’t know why, and I guess it doesn’t really matter. But because I’m doing all the booking and logistics, there’s stuff I need the event organizers to know, which I’ve now laid out here for everyone.
Are You A Fan ?
You can email me at email@example.com
I do have a few social media profiles that I maintain, although they all have very specific purposes, so one thing might be something you’re interested in, but another might not be something you want to follow.
For example, Brandon Mendelson on Facebook just posts funny stuff. @BJMendelson on Twitter is where I post the business / marketing stuff.
I have a LinkedIn profile, but honestly LinkedIn is still pretty useless, so I barely pay any attention to it. On Tumblr, I am blogging and sharing pictures from or about my comic, Liberty: The Second City Saint.
If you want to talk to me though, email is the best way to do it.