Today I bring you a great interview with Dr. Carmen Landrau, as she explains how to nurture your speaking career.

But before we get to that I have an announcement to make.

Our First Sponsor!

Yes, that's right. The PNC Podcast now has a SPONSOR!

That might not be as big a deal to you as it is to me. But having a sponsor means that I can cover some of the costs associated with producing this podcast. And that will allow me to continue to bring on great guests, and do more to meet your needs.

I’ve told you that I want to avoid placing annoying ads on the blog and podcast. But a sponsor is another thing. If I can find the right sponsor, one that aligns with your needs, then that would be ideal.

And I think I’ve done it. I’ve found a sponsor that some of you have already checked out. I’ve done two interviews with persons associated with this sponsor (Episode #3 and Episode #25). And it’s an organization that believes in physicians, and physician leadership.

Enter the University of Tennessee

I’m very pleased to welcome my FIRST and only sponsor to this podcast and blog: the University of Tennessee Physician Executive MBA Program offered by the Haslam College of Business. You’ll remember that I interviewed Dr. Kate Atchley, the Executive Director of the program, in Episode #25 of this podcast.

The UT PEMBA is the longest running, and most highly respected physician-only MBA in the country, with over 650 graduates. Unlike most other ranked programs, which typically have a duration of 18 to 24 months, this program only takes a year to complete. And, it’s offered by the business school that was recently ranked #1 in the world for the Most Relevant Executive MBA program, by Economist magazine.

University of Tennessee PEMBA students bring exceptional value to their organizations by contributing at the highest level while earning their degree. The curriculum includes a number of major assignments and a company project, both of which are structured to immediately apply to each student’s organization.

Graduates have taken leadership positions at major healthcare organizations and have become entrepreneurs and business owners. If you want to acquire the business and management skills needed to advance your nonclinical career, contact Dr. Atchley’s office by calling (865) 974-6526 or going to

The leaders at UT PEMBA are great to work with. I’m really happy that they’ve agreed to support my mission to assist physicians to become recognized leaders. After all, that’s their mission too.

Today's Guest

Dr. Carmen Landrau is a board-certified cardiologist and professional keynote speaker, who uses her experience to empower women to recognize their talents, regain confidence, and take the next steps in their careers and in life. She’s been a keynote speaker at conferences and events for over fifteen years.

She lectures medical students and residents, and speaks at events with hundreds of attendees.  She’s also provided individualized teaching and coaching to professional women and women’s groups.

Dr. Carmen Landrau

Carmen completed her medical training at Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. She then completed a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiology at the McGovern Medical School, formerly known as The University of Texas Medical School, in Houston. She then opened her own private practice. But during the last 3 to 4 years, she has gradually reduced her clinical activities while growing a thriving part-time business as a professional speaker.

How to Nurture Your Speaking Career

During our conversation Carmen explains how she became a paid speaker. It started slowly, by volunteering to speak for the American Heart Association and other groups. But she enjoyed it so much that she decided to focus on nurturing her career and to seek paid engagements.

Some of the strategies she used include:

  • Engaging a speaking coach;
  • Taking a speaking course;
  • Developing her first “signature talk”;
  • Networking, and using to find (or start) a group with similar interests;
  • Seeking repeat speaking engagements.


This is the first guest I’ve interviewed whose nonclinical career is focused on public speaking. I found it very interesting. Carmen provided great insights and inspiration to help you pursue a similar career.

As you heard, however, you definitely must study and prepare for such a career. Carmen took advantage of speaking courses and coaching to help master the skill of public speaking, and the business aspects.

She helped me understand what a signature talk is. She spoke of the importance of networking. And she provided resources to enhance your networking.

She also described the need to be persistent and to nurture each speaking engagement to find future engagements.

In some ways, developing this career sounds a lot like developing a writing career, as described by Emma Nichols in Episode #56. But other aspects are quite different, such as travel and direct “face time” with your audience!

I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Carmen as much as I did.

You can find out more about her at She was kind enough to give you her email address, if you’d like to ask her a question, or engage her to speak. The email address is

Welcome to the University of Tennessee Physician Executive MBA Program

I want to sincerely thank the UT Physician Executive MBA program, again, for sponsoring the show. It’s an outstanding, highly rated, MBA program designed for working physicians. It might be just what you need to prepare for that joyful, well-paying career. You can find out more at

Thanks again for listening. I hope to see you next time on Physician NonClinical Careers.

As always, I welcome your comments and feedback.

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The opinions expressed here are mine and my guest’s. While the information provided on the podcast is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge, there is no express or implied guarantee that using the methods discussed here will lead to success in your career, life or business. 

The information presented on this blog and related podcast is for entertainment and/or informational purposes only. It should not be construed as medical, legal, tax, or emotional advice. If you take action on the information provided on the blog or podcast, it is at your own risk. Always consult an attorney, accountant, career counsellor, or other professional before making any major decisions about your career. 

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