Public Speaking

4 Tips to Help You Book Your First Speaking Engagement

A public speaking career can be a profitable and honoring access to make a living. But if you’re still trying to book your first gig, you might feel as if you’re never going to be able to launch your career.

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Finding your first speaking booking can certainly is still difficult, but it’s not impossible. Today I’m going to share four tips-off to help you find that first gig.

These are things I learned through trial and error when I was starting out as a loudspeaker, and they can help you land your first speaking commitment and pave the way to the rest of your career.

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1) Determine Your Area of Expertise

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Before you start looking for that first speaking engagement, sitting there, and define what you bring to the table. All of us have a different skillset; we have different interests and life experiences.

You’re going to bring a perspective that’s unique from everybody else, and you need to draw on your fortitudes as you approach public speaking. When I first started my speaking vocation, I had a lot of sales ordeal.

So I started off by speaking about auction proficiencies, which allowed me to capitalize on my experience in the industry.

Thinking about where you have experience and where your fortes lie can help you find the privileged type of gig. Once you’ve defined your arena of expertise, ask yourself: What kind of audience would benefit from this information, and where are they?

The answers to those questions will divulge the types of people and organizations you should target as you look for gigs.

Knowing your areas of expertise can also help you pitch yourself. At the current stage, you don’t have much speaking suffer — and that’s okay! So instead of presenting yourself as a speaker, try pitching yourself as a specialist on your battlefield.

Framing yourself as an expert can help people go you more seriously. You are also welcome to boost your confidence because it’s completely true.

2) Create an Online Personal Brand

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As soon as beings receive your tone, they’re going to open their computer and check you out online. They’re looking to see what kind of online presence you have, so it’s important that you have a good one.

Make sure you have a nice website that’s professionally designed and clearly explains what you do. You’ll too want to be active on multiple social media stages, such as LinkedIn and Twitter.

If you really want to prove the quality you have to bring, start causing material. Educational blog uprights or videos are a great way to show that you know what you’re talking about.

Producing high-quality content for the web can sway beings into deciding to work with you — those blog posts and videos serve as tangible proof that you’re the real deal.

3) Utilize Your Network and Local Venues

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As you’re looking for your first speaking engagement, don’t be afraid to be open about your search. Ask your system of coworkers and friends if they’re aware of any opportunities. You never know who has associated, and in most cases, parties are less than happy to share with you.

It can also be helpful to start tiny and gradually addition credibility. If you’re selling notebooks, you might try a neighborhood bookstore, library, or a happening at a coffee shop. If you’re building your coaching business, try to find neighborhood meetups or conferences in your area.

You won’t be able to jump into nationwide episodes right off, but if you start building now with small-time neighborhood venues, you’ll be able to speak at larger and larger events over time.

4) Have Realistic Expectations

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You might have to reach out to multiple situates considering a speaking booking before you get a yes. And that’s okay! Don’t lose your motivation. Have perseverance and maintain pursuing speaking gigs, contacting anyone who seems like a good fit. Make sure to be consistent and follow up with your produces if your initial theme doesn’t get an answer.

It’s also important to keep in mind that your first speaking action might not be a paying engagement. And that’s okay, very. You may have to speak for free several times before you land a paid gig. Remember, doing tiny, unpaid involvements is okay for now because these small-scale involvements will lead to more opportunities down the road.

You’re building the blocks of your speaking job, and once you nail down your first speaking gig, things will get easier and easier from then on.


About the Author Amel

I'm a Digital Marketing Strategist passionate about SEO and Digital Analytics. I also teach Digital Marketing and offer customized private coaching to entrepreneurs and in-house marketers to help them take their revenue or skills to the next level. Follow me on Twitter where I offer advice and share high quality content on marketing, tech and productivity.

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