What you can learn from the Big Bang Cast to get a pay rise

News outlets are reporting that the three lead characters of the hit show “The Big Bang Theory” have each received a pay rise to $1 million each per episode! That’s good (no GREAT) money if you can get it! They had threatened to go on strike if they didn’t get a suitable pay rise.


How? And what does a pay rise at the Big Bang Theory have to do with improving your public speaking skills?


The lesson we can draw from this is WHO is receiving the pay rise in this instance. In any TV production there are a vast array of roles filled by skilled and able people. There are the lead actors, the supporting actors, the director, the producer, the lead script writer, the script writing team, the cameramen, make up artists, and the list goes on….


The point here is WHO got the pay rise. To create a hit production, such as the Big Bang theory each role must be performed to a VERY high level. Any one of the team would be justified in claiming a massive PAY RISE. But why did the lead actors get the pay rise?


As well as the other roles are performed, and as well as any script is written it is the public face of the team that gets the recognition. In this situation the public face are the lead actors.


It is he or she that steps into the spot light to deliver the message that gets the recognition as delivering the most value. You can do the same by putting yourself forward to become the recognised face. Every time you step and deliver a presentation you increase your personal brand and the value you bring to your organisation. And, while your boss may not lift your salary to multi million (or even single million) dollar levels you will likely benefit from increased remuneration over time because the value you provide has increased too.


Next time an opportunity to deliver a presentation arises at work grab it and remember that your value will increase as you become the public face of your team.

Mark Kyte
Mark Kyte is a public speaking mentor and founder of the Public Speaking Skills Academy. Mark loves helping clients achieve dynamic results that help them increase their influence and get more clients. Read more of his blog and if you like what you see check out the mentoring programs.