Pay the Price

If you want to get more value from something, pay for it. If you need to push yourself in implementing what you learn, pay the price.

When you pay for something, you give yourself the permission to appreciate its value. And this encourages you to make the most of what you paid for.

Yes, learn as much as you can from free resources and free events. But you also need to find avenues where you have to pay to gain more value in the area that you want to grow.

In 2010, I joined Toastmasters, the world leader in public speaking skills development. I paid for a one-time registration fee of $20 (approx. P1,200) and a membership fee of $45 (approx. P2,500) for 6 months, renewal thereafter. To some, this is a small amount. To me, this was huge! But I paid for it because I saw the value in it.

In 2014, I signed up for the Success Speakers Club of Bo Sanchez, under the directorship of Arun Gogna. I wasn’t able to attend the live sessions because I couldn’t afford it. But I paid for the videos and devoured the value in it.

In 2016, I started to enroll in online courses of respected  trainers like Brendon Burchard, Darren Tay, and Darren LaCroix.

What’s interesting is when you pay for something, the value becomes more visible. It becomes more concrete. And because you paid for it, you will tell yourself, “I have to make the most of this investment. I have to put into practice what I’m learning. I have to get the results I needed.”

I am thankful for the many resources and events available around – both for free or for a fee. They made me a better presenter at work when I was still in my accounting job, and now in my talks and trainings.

The message is this: The amount you pay can be a wonderful ally in the pursuit of your goal to become a better presenter and leader.

If you want to enhance your presentation and public speaking skills, pay the price. Go ahead and watch all free videos on Youtube and Facebook (check my channel and page). Look for avenues to practice what you are learning. But don’t stop there.

Level up your learning. Look for paid events and resources (like books or courses). Pay for them and get all the learning they provide.

You will see how you appreciate more what they give. You will see a good change in your behavior. You will notice yourself with more drive and dedication. You will become more consistent in what you need to do. In due time, you will build the habits, develop the practices, and make the strategies as part of who you are.

Go, get the value you deserve!

(Chris Dao-anis, CPA, DTM helps technical professionals become better presenters and leaders. He is an author of 4 books, including SPEAK: How to Craft and Deliver a Speech or Presentation.

To order the book ‘SPEAK’, go to

To get the book for FREE, join the SPEAK 2.0 Public Speaking Workshop – sign up now at

For speaking invitations, email him at or text 0945-761-6577.)

Published by Chris Dao-anis

I help Filipino coaches, trainers & speakers deliver impactful presentations and write books to further reach and credibility.

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