Now that you have honed your public speaking skills, you want to find places to shine. Places to use your public speaking skills are numerous. Some speaking gigs are tried and true and others require you to think out of the box. Sometimes you have to be a bit creative, but many opportunities are available.
Where to Find Speaking Opportunities
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Other professionals who speak
Look around at your colleagues, competitors, and other professionals who target the same audience you do. Check their websites, LinkedIn profiles and Facebook pages to see where they’ve spoken.
Consider contacting those same organizations or similar ones and pitch yourself to them.
Another great idea is to collaborate with a like-minded speaker or two and share opportunities. You can also refer each other.
Ask your clients what groups they belong to and whether they accept outside speakers. Many community groups are always searching for speakers.
Business networking groups
Networking groups are designed to bring individuals from diverse businesses together. They meet for the purpose of bringing business opportunities to the other members.
It can be a national or regional group or a local meet-up type group. Join your preferred group and let the members know that you’re interested in speaking opportunities.
Just Google it! Search for events in your industry.
“Call for Speakers or Presenters” AND “[Your topic]” You will be amazed at the opportunities you will find.
Toastmasters is a non-profit club, devoted to helping its members improve their public speaking skills in a supportive environment. It also has its own speaker’s bureau.
Use all of these to help you find opportunities to speak. With a little time, persistence and creativity, your calendar will soon be full of speaking gigs.