Getting into the speaking game means you have to have something to say or to teach that is innovative, insightful or inspiring. What life or professional lessons have you learned that would be of value to other people? How can you turn your story into one that is memorable and encourages the audience to make positive changes?
It goes without saying that it's not just your message that is important, but it's how you deliver it that is critical. To be a successful speaker, you need to feel comfortable presenting to an audience and know how to give a presentation that is compelling.
Besides finding your value and turning it into an engaging story, you will also need to figure out what kind of speaker you are:
- Motivational Speaker
- Inspirational Speaker
- Leadership Speaker, or
- Sales Speaker
Organizations typically look for speakers in one of the categories. A company that aims to hone the leadership skills of their upper management, for example, would be in the market for a leadership speaker. On the other hand, an organization that is devoted to some kind of personal improvement would be in need of an inspirational speaker.