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Politicians who Become Speakers

Being a keynote speaker is one of the notable professions that a politician may fall back on following a political career. Being a speaker is not an easy undertaking however, as one should possess the skills to motivate, inspire, enlighten, educate, and/or entertain his audience. Former politicians who have keen insights into journalism and who, given the nature of their jobs, are already assertive to begin with, can become good speakers since they are more capable of creating a message of affirmation. The knowledge they have gained from their career give them an adeptness that enable them to readily and easily tackle speaking engagements on topics related to leadership, politics, government and other issues.

Several politicians who left their political career have actually made their mark in the field of public speaking. Some of them conduct speaking engagements full time while others fit them in among their other activities. 

Mayor Jeremy Harris, a former Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii, has become a prominent and very effective speaker after his retirement from public office in 2005. Since then, he has become a significant international voice for the development of cities, training of mayors and local government leaders across America and in countries around the globe including Malaysia, Korea, Philippines, Australia, Panama, Sweden, South Africa, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, China, India, Belize, and Puerto Rico. He has also become an international speaker and advisor on various topics including urban architecture and infrastructure, sustainable tourism, global warming, capacity building, geographic information systems (GIS), urban design, urban sustainability, and energy policy and technology. 

Jimmy Carter, the thirty-ninth President of the United States, is one of the most distinguished speakers internationally. Carter, who hails from Georgia, talks about politics, family, ethics, and government, being a strong advocate of social justice and human rights around the world. 

Ronald Dellums, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is acclaimed as one of the most persuasive and eloquent speakers to have served in the chamber. Dellums speaks on topics related to cross-cultural issues, leadership, government & politics, and diversity. 

Bob Dole is a former U.S. Senator who is renowned for his wit and expertise. His speeches are focused on topics regarding global affairs, inspiration, leadership, government politics and conservative politics. 

Being a successful keynote speaker brings these former politicians heaps of fortune. Speaking fees may range from $1,000 up to $75,000 and more, depending on the speaker’s experience, exposure, clout, and expertise. Bill Clinton for example charges a speaking fee between $150,000 and $300,000. According to Washington Post, Clinton generated $30.98 million in 192 paid speeches from February 5, 2001 to December 13, 2005 as disclosed in his wife’s Senate ethics report. Jimmy Carter charges $50,000 to $75,000 for a speaking engagement, while Bob Dole and George Mitchell make $30,000 to $50,000. Walter Mondale charges $25,000 to $30,000 while former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder makes $10,000 to $15,000.