How to Become a Public Speaker
For those of you who would like to break into professional public speaking, start by following these 4 rules.
1) Start Where You Are
Start when you are. We say fish, where the fish are. If there are people in your area that are interested in hearing what you have to say, then start with them. I started in America and Canada and eventually branched out into Europe and the rest of the world.
2) Pick a Subject That You Want People to Know About
Pick something that you think is important to you. You must really care about the subject and speak from the heart. Think through the subjects that have had an inordinate impact on you. These are subjects that you would like to share with others because you really, intensely feel that others could benefit from your knowledge.
3) Offer Free Speeches or Small Workshops
Start offering speeches on your expertise to people within your circle. Offer them at no charge. There was a basic rule, many years ago that said,
“Before you can be paid to speak you have to have given 300 free talks.”
Some people say 100 talks and some people say they have given 500 talks, but keep offering free talks on a subject that you really care about and that you’re an expert at.
4) Get Paid to Speak
Eventually, someone will enjoy your speech so much, they will ask you, “How much would you charge to give that talk to the people in my company.”
That is the starting point of your career.
What are you passionate about? Have you ever thought about public speaking? Leave a comment below.