day because I had stopped playing original music in my shows long ago.
Years later, I had a corporate show in
Lincoln, Neb., and invited my friend,
Juli Burney, a successful speaker, to
see me work. I did my normal set of
musical impressions and comedy (only
to find out later it’s actually called
humor!). It went great, the client was
happy, and Juli and I went out to a nice
upbeat dinner to celebrate.
After a lot of chit-chat, she looked at
me intently and said, “You know, you
should be a speaker.”
HuH? speaker? Me?
“Yes, you. You already know how to
connect with people. You’ve got the
funny, entertaining thing down. Mix
some content in with your original
music and you’d make a great speaker!”
This idea was immediately frighten-
ing and intriguing, and I told her she
was insane, but we started writing notes
on what a speaking gig might look like
if I were ever willing to give it a shot.
Months later, I ran into Mike
Rayburn, CSP, while rushing through
the Atlanta airport. We had about five
minutes to catch up, and he told me that
he had joined NSA and was doing a lot
of speaking. Then, he added, “You know,
you ought to think about speaking.”
uH-oH. Gotta Go!
It took a few years, but I finally did
start speaking and I haven’t looked
back. Nothing about my career turned
out the way I planned. I never imagined
I’d be a comedian (sorry, humorist!).
I never pictured myself speaking. And
I never thought I’d be doing original
Would I change anything? Nope.
Is making a room full of people laugh
at the same time a rush? Oh, yeah. Is
moving your audience to tears while
speaking your truth even better?
Kier is a professional speaker,
humorist, and songwriter who has
performed for audiences all over the
world and has nearly 30 years of
experience in the entertainment and
music business. He is also a member
of The Musical Comedians, a national
touring group. Visit www.heykier.com
A combination of music
and comedy connects
Kier with his audience.