If you have a desire to be a public speaker, and you have a talk that you can give about a popular topic about which you have useful knowledge, then all you really need to do now is find the public speaking gigs that you want. There are many ways to do it, including paying to be listed on speaker’s lists, reaching out to trade associations, and much more. The best thing to do is just get out there and do it But where do you start?
Here are a few creative ways to get public speaking gigs fast:
Clubs and Associations – Not only should you approach clubs, organizations, and associations that you have joined to offer your speaking skills, but you should also reach out to different organizations by sending them a packet about your offerings, including your fees and how to contact you. Remember to include any testimonials or video clips from successful public speaking engagements you have already done.
Universities and Colleges – You don’t have to be part of the alumni association to speak at colleges and universities. Contact the right department heads with your information about the talks you can give and the audience you’d like to speak t, and it may still be a great fit. Again, always include your fees and how to reach you.
Business Networking Groups – This is especially useful if your topic happens to be related to a particular type of business – marketing, motivation, or any other topics of interest across different business audiences. Send your speaker’s information to each group that you think may want to hear your talk. Send a sample of your work, and all the contact information as well.
Your Current Clients – You never know if your current clients need speakers for their businesses or organizations if you don’t ask. There may be opportunities right under your nose if you haven’t offered. Send out an information packet to each of your clients so that they know what you offer.
Other Speakers You Know – If you know other speakers, ask them how they find speaking gigs and if they think you’d fit in anywhere they’ve given speeches. There often can be opportunities for co-speaking gigs, and you could team up. If they know who to contact or will make introductions, that would also help you to get your foot in the door.
Online Opportunities – Believe it or not, today you can actually get speaking gigs right from the comfort of your own home (or wherever you use your computer) thanks to the advent of online technology like Google Hangouts Live, YouTube Live, Facebook Live and Blab.me – not to mention all the webinar technologies that exist like GoToWebinar and Adobe Connect.
Industry Magazines – Subscribe to as many industry magazines as you can, because they will often list events that are happening with calls for speakers to apply. They’ll provide full directions for what to send when you apply to speak. Many events pay well, while some just give you free accommodations and other perks. Either way, the exposure to speaking gigs can lead to more exposure and, therefore, more jobs!
Google It – Do a Google Search for “speakers needed” or “call for speakers” within your industry. This is a great way to find public speaking events for which you can apply. Be sure to set up a Google Alert if you get a good search result so that you’ll stay ahead of the events.
Big Businesses – Large businesses, corporations, and organizations often need speakers for various types of events including motivational, training, and other types of events. Make sure you send your information to the right departments to get the best results.
Your Website – Create a speaker’s portion of your website, including a media kit and a one-page flyer that says what you speak about, your background, and how to reach you. It won’t hurt to also include a video of the talks you’ve given so far as well as testimonials from people who have attended your speaking events. If you don’t have that, include an introductory video so that people can see your style. If you have a unique accent or idiosyncrasy or catch phrase, capitalize on it. People will get to know you for it and choose to listen to you because it’s more fun than someone without something unique about the way they speak.
If public speaking is your passion and your gift, using these tips can help you land more gigs doing what you love to do. The great part about that is that the more exposure you have through the gigs you accumulate, the more referrals and future gigs you can generate!