A day after ending her presidential bid, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced she's hitting the speaking circuit. She's not the only one who's profiting from time on the national stage.
Carly Fiorina will not be running the country, but the former Hewlett-Packard CEO appears to have come up with a smart business plan for herself.
Scarcely a day after ending her bid to secure the Republican nomination for president, she reportedly has jumped on the lucrative speaking circuit bandwagon. The news was reported by the The Los Angeles Times Thursday, citing an email from Worldwide Speakers Group, a celebrity speakers outfit.
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#1: "I still work hard to know my business. I'm continuously looking for ways to improve all my companies, and I'm always selling. Always."
#2: "When you've got 10,000 people trying to do the same thing, why would you want to be number 10,001?"
#3: "Because if you're prepared and you know what it takes, it's not a risk. You just have to figure out how to get there. There is always a way to get there."
#4: "Go out there and get rich. Get so obnoxiously rich that when that tax bill comes, your first thought will be to choke on how big a check you have to write."
#5: "In the past, people used to tell me to shut up a bit. But what I believe is to put out your opinion and let everyone else react. If I'm wrong, I'm wrong."
#6: "I've learned that it doesn't matter how many times you failed. You only have to be right once. I tried to sell powdered milk. I was an idiot lots of times, and I learned from them all."
#7: "Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it all away from you."
#8: "Forget about finding your passion. Instead, focus on finding big problems."
#9: "It's not about money or connections -- it's the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone when it comes to your business. And if it fails, you learn from what happened and do a better job next time."
#10: "What I've learned is that if you really want to be successful at something, you'll find that you put the time in. You won't just ask somebody if it's a good idea, you'll go figure out if it's a good idea."
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Though she's hardly the first failed candidate to market her personal brand in this way following a turn on the national stage, it's nonetheless a savvy entrepreneurial move. Many former candidates have parlayed their exposure into big-money speaking tours, as well as book deals and spots as pundits on TV news shows.
Of course, you don't have to run for president to command huge speaking fees. Just ask famous entrepreneurs such as Mark Cuban and Richard Branson. Clearly, the higher you can raise your public profile -- in politics or in business -- the more money will follow.
It's not yet determined how much Fiorina will charge going forward, but she pulled in $786,000 in fees in 2014, according to Fortune. (Fiorina's campaign did not immediately return an email request for comments.) Here's a look at how she stacks up against other politicians and entrepreneurs:
7. Republican candidate and former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who also has been a real estate developer and a private equity fund manager, reportedly commands $50,000 per speaking engagements.
8. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee reportedly earned about $1 million between 2014 and 2015 in speaking fees. He can make up to $32,000 per speech.
9. Former Godfather's Pizza chief executive and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain reportedly earns $25,000 per speech.
10. Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, a 2008 presidential candidate and security firm entrepreneur, reportedly has earned at least $9 million in speaking fees. His highest paid gig was reportedly for Sage Capital, where he earned $270,000 in 2005.
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