How Much Money Am I Making By Speaking To Teachers?
A couple of months ago, my wife and I began a cycling tour around Europe.
Most of the time, we click along at about 20 kilometers an hour.
We battle our GPS. Sometimes, it sends us up goat paths.
We get lost in every city.
Sometimes we get wet. But most of the time, we’re laughing.
Last month, friends at an international school asked me to speak to their staff about saving and investing.
I’ve written two books on the subject: Millionaire Teacher and The Global Expatriates Guide To Investing.
(2nd Edition due early 2017)
That started a chain reaction that may have begun in July. I spoke at the Teachers Pay Teachers conference in Florida.
I didn’t charge for the talk.
I didn’t sell books.
I left with an empty wallet. But I was glad that I could help.
In August, I spoke at the International School of Zug and Lucerne, in Switzerland.
After that, we cycled from Lucerne to Lausanne where I spoke at the GEMS World Academy.
A couple of days later, I spoke at the International School Of Lausanne.
I’m the worst dressed speaker to grace these schools.
I have two t-shirts. One is blue. One is grey. I wear whichever is less dirty.
My footwear isn’t flash. I brought a pair of cycling shoes and a pair of butt ugly running shoes.
The running shoes are light, easy to stuff into a pack, and obnoxiously fluorescent.
I wear them when I speak.
We followed up with a trip to Germany, where I spoke at Munich International School.
We then rode towards the Czech Republic. Teachers at the International School of Prague asked me to speak.
But we were way behind schedule, so we stuffed our tandem onto a train.
Fortunately, it’s a coupling tandem. The frame breaks into parts.
So What’s My Speaker’s Fee?
Do you really want to know?
Zip. Zilch. I haven’t made a penny.
Nor am I selling books. “Borrow my books,” I say. “Don’t bother to buy them.”
I didn’t take a speaker’s fee from any of these schools.
Before you get the wrong idea, let’s make something clear.
I’m not a saint. If we shared a plate of sushi, I wouldn’t share well. My mom says I’m a pig wrapped in human skin.
But when I’m teaching people about money, I’ll do almost anything so others can learn.
John Oliver recently (hilariously) ripped apart the financial services industry.
He explained (in a way that only he could do) that we pay far too much money in investment fees. Such fees, he says, can kill our retirement.
Mr. Oliver doesn’t know, however, that expats pay fees that are 3-4 times more than the typical American does.
That’s why I don’t mind speaking for free at schools. It’s the right thing to do.
I’ll show you how to save tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars.
But if we ever eat together, watch my fingers. I might quickly pinch from your lunch plate.
If you would like me to speak at your school, please email me at millionaireteacherspeaksATgmail.com