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Meet the Speaker Services Team

We share a goal: to jumpstart or boost your speaking career. We can’t help it. Our backgrounds in mainstream and Internet media, performing arts, seminar leading, sales, journalism (and of course, public speaking), make us passionate about communication!

Free consultations? Of course! Call us at 310-512-7779.

Jean-Noel Bassior

Jean-Noel Bassior, Owner Speaker Services Directory

Jean-Noel Bassior, author, journalist; owner, Speaker Services

Be proactive in building your speaking career

As a journalist doing celebrity interviews for national magazines, including Redbook, McCall’s, and Woman’s World, Jean-Noel Bassior had to get past the Hollywood gatekeepers. It takes the same skills to reach out to event planners, reporters and talk show producers, and Jean-Noel shows how to focus your message to hook both event planners and the media.

The owner of Speaker Services, she offers coaching on how to build your speaking career. In just one session, you’ll learn how to have notices of speaking gigs coming right into your inbox plus easy steps you can take now to raise your media profile. If you can spend just one hour a week being pro-active, you’ll be on the right track to building your speaking career. Jean-Noel is the author of Space Patrol: Missions of Daring in the Name of Early Television and hosted “The Book Beat” at LA Talk Live (episodes on YouTube). Click here to see her celebrity profiles.

Maurice DiMino

Maurice DiMino, award winning speaker, author and mentor focused on professional training in public speaking, presentation skills, leadership skills, and success principles.

Maurice DiMino, award-winning speaker, author, mentor, presentation coach

Build and polish your presentation skills

Whether you’re speaking to 5, 50 or 500 people in a living room, board room or convention center, Maurice DiMino can help you polish your presentation skills and discover your “Million Dollar Message.” He’s a master coach whose powerful techniques have been battle-tested in over 1,500 hundred presentations nationwide, and he’s known for his intensive bootcamps on public speaking.

“My goal is to see you on the platform or stage fulfilling your dreams,” says Maurice, whose clients include Microsoft, the U.S. Navy, Chinook Group, IBM and many others. He’s studied with the greats – T. Harv Eker, Les Brown, Tony Robbins – and he’s the author of The Art of Public Speaking. Maurice was voted “Best Speaker” by Toastmasters in Los Angeles, and in April 2013 he became a TEDx speaker at San Diego State University.


Julie Austin

Monetize Your Free Speaking Jobs With Sponsorship

Like all industries throughout history, the speaking business has changed. Now about 50% of all speaking jobs are non-paid ones. But what smart speakers have figured out is that those jobs are the easiest to get and can actually pay quite well if you have sponsors to subsidize them. Julie Austin has been in the sponsorship business for over 20 years, starting out by getting sponsors for a TV show. She put that knowledge to work in the speaking industry to monetize her own jobs, and because of that has never spoken for free.

Julie now teaches speakers the trial and error insider tricks she’s learned about how to get sponsorship for speaking engagements and how to create your own paid speaking opportunities using sponsorship. Here are some fast facts:

  • Sponsorship works for the advanced speaker or the beginner (I made $2,500 the very first time I spoke in public by using sponsorship and I still use it today!)
  • There are two ways to use sponsorship as a speaker: Book a free job and get a sponsor or create your own jobs using sponsorship
  • Combine sponsorship with a cause topic to generate money through crowd-funding by getting the public to pay you to speak

Julie is the CEO of Speaker Sponsor, the only online directory for speakers seeking small business sponsorship.

Give Julie a call at 310-444-7788 and find out how to get started in this lucrative business. Start making a living as a speaker today!

Lorraine Castle

Lorraine Castle, Virtual Assistant

Lorraine Castle, Virtual Assistant

Maximize your marketing to boost your speaking career

You know what you need to do to boost your speaking career, but there are not enough hours in the day to get it done. Lorraine Castle has helped dozens of professional speakers get more speaking gigs by maximizing their marketing and freeing up their time. Here are just a few of the ways Lorraine can help boost your speaking career:

  • Research your best-fit audiences to find the person for you to contact to secure speaking engagements.
  • Pre-qualify potential speaking gigs for you and set up appointments for you to close the deal.
  • Turn your Speaker Services listing into a powerful one-sheet.
  • Integrate your branding into all your social media sites to become an instantly recognizable speaker.
  • Produce blog posts and newsletters to get the word out about your speaking career.
  • Remove repetitive, time-consuming tasks from your plate to free up your time for more income-producing tasks.

Lorraine is part of a Virtual Assistance Team so no job is too large or small. Contact Lorraine to schedule your free one-hour session, which includes a sample of what she can do for you.

Castle Virtual Solutions

Jackie Lapin

Let speaking opportunities come to you!

Jackie Lapin began her career as one of the first women sportswriters and went on to create one of the largest sports and entertainment PR agencies in America. She rebranded her company as Conscious Media Relations, serving the world’s change-makers, and her clients have included Don Miguel Ruiz, Dr. Joe Vitale, James Twyman, Denise Linn, Arielle Ford, Hay House and more.

Today she runs SpeakerTunity™, a monthly lead tip sheet for speakers with a transformational message of change, empowerment, growth, spirituality or business expansion. The sheet provides contact name, phone number, email, website and submission links for paid and free gigs, both local and national. You select and submit to the ones that work for you.

Jackie is an expert in ways for speakers to get their message out there, and she’s the author of two personal growth books on conscious reality creation. Her tip sheet is $35/month, but she offers a free half-hour consultation to members of Speaker Services. Give her a call at 818-707-1473 or email Jackie@consciousmediarelations.com.


Gay Norton Edelman

Gay Edelman

Polish your words, speak your truth!

Gay Norton Edelman brings a wealth of writing, editing, coaching and speaking know-how to Speaker Services. She’s held editorial staff positions at Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal, McCall’s, Rosie, Women’s Faith & Spirit and Family Circle, and has written for many others. As the author of The Hungry Ghost: How I Ditched 100 Pounds and Came Fully Alive, Gay is a sought-after inspirational speaker and writing teacher.

As a writing coach, Gay can help you organize your writing time, brainstorm book ideas, jumpstart your blog, pitch magazine ideas—even finish that publish-or-perish paper. She is also available to edit, rewrite or ghost-write articles or books. Gay provides writing resources at coachgay.com, and blogs at gayedelman.com. She is currently at work on her next book, The Well-Fed Ghost: 366 Ways to Nourish Your Hungry, Hungry Heart.



Karen Dennison

Karen Dennison

Karen Dennison, SEO, reputation management, online marketing

Take control of your online presence

Want a great online presence, so it’s easy for clients, customers and event planners to find you? Need to boost, polish or repair your online reputation? Are you posting regularly on all your social media sites – and even enjoying it? Do search engines love you so much that they rocket you to the top?

Working in Internet marketing for the last 10 years, and in traditional marketing for the previous 25, Karen Dennison has seen it all – and she can show you how to take control of your online presence. Whether you’re promoting your book, business or speaking career, or monitoring your reputation, Karen knows how to feed the search engine beast and dance the Google algorithm ballet. Need a video clip for your Speaker Services listing, website, or social media? Set up a Google Hangout session with Karen and use it to promote your speaking career.

Keyword Your Way to Traffic


Roberta Edgar

Robert Edgar, Senior Writer at Speaker Services.com

Roberta Edgar, Writer-Editor-Ghostwriter

Senior Writer

Roberta Edgar brings her rich background in mainstream publishing, TV and film to Speaker Services. After graduating from UCLA, Roberta wrote editorial promotion for Mademoiselle Magazine and worked in TV production with legendary filmmaker David L. Wolper, as well as the producers of Star Trek.

Roberta has ghostwritten and edited a wide range of fiction and nonfiction books for such giants as Prentice Hall Publishing and has worked with self-published authors too. A talented screenwriter, she’s a longtime member of the Writers Guild of America West and vice president of Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC). Co-author of Think Yourself Smokeless and The Perfect Play: The Day We Broke the Bank in Atlantic City, Roberta recently ghostwrote an international suspense thriller and is currently co-authoring a business manifesto/memoir.

Words à la Mode

Heidi Parr Kerner

Heidi Parr Kerner, keynote speaker, trainer, consultant, workshop leader.

Heidi Parr Kerner, international traveler, consultant, trainer and workshop leader

Speak in spite of your shyness

As a child, Heidi Parr Kerner was so painfully shy that she couldn’t speak to other children at the bus stop, and as a young woman at business meetings, she’d hide in a corner, observing others network, yet not participating. But through her keen observations, she created techniques to overcome her shyness and transform from an introvert into a charismatic and compelling speaker – and for the last 20 years, she’s been helping others do the same.

Heidi has delivered keynotes and motivational speeches on networking, sales, and presentation skills to corporations, chambers, and business organizations from coast to coast, and she especially likes working with women professionals to overcome shyness so they can build a fun and profitable speaking career.