Friday, March 13, 2015
The Best Kept Secret for Becoming a Sought-After Speaker
What does SOUGHT-AFTER mean? It refers to speakers who get invited to speak at events numerous times, and are usually paid the fee they ask for. Conference and meeting planners love when they have the name of a speaker who performed really well and one who wowed the audience. These are the kinds of speakers who get invited back, over and over again.
I meet people everyday who desire to be one of these speakers, but they’re not. They get hired to speak to groups but then wonder months and years later, why they never got hired to do it again. And unfortunately, many of these folks never take measures to find out why.
So what does it take to become one of these speakers? You must have awesome stage presence and a high level of professional skills. And what can you do to develop these things? Are you ready… here’s the best kept secret… find and join your local Toastmasters chapter.
Toastmasters is an international nonprofit organization that fosters the development of
I joined over 20 years ago and have been a member since. Participating in the meetings is what really helped me to develop the skills I needed to get noticed, get hired and get invited back again and again.
So why do I refer to this as a best kept secret? Because Toastmasters chapters don’t usually have a marketing and advertising budget so very few people know they exist. And the professionals who do know about the chapters, don’t take measures to join the organization and participate.
So if you want to be one of those busy, highly paid, and much sought after speakers, go find your local Toastmasters chapter, join and participate. The kind of speaking skills that get people hired quickly and invited back again require regular learning and regular practice.
Just because you speak for a living doesn’t make you a good speaker. Stop whining about not getting opportunities and stop blaming your lack of success on someone else. After you join a chapter, LEARN, PRACTICE, PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR EVALUATIONS, MAKE CORRECTIONS, and REPEAT. Eventually the invitations to speak will increase.
Have questions about Toastmasters International? I don't benefit financially in any way, so I invite you to ask me.
Bill Corbett is the founder and director of the Hartford Springfield Speakers Network and the author of the book, From the Soapbox to the Stage: How to Use Your Passion to Start a Speaking Business. He has started or mentored numerous Toastmasters chapters in Nashville, TN and New England. Bill has been speaking professional for nearly 20 years and will deliver the keynote at a national conference in Holland in September 2015. You can learn more about Bill at http://www.BillCorbett.com.