While some people have spoken at thousands of public speaking events, other people are struggling to get chosen to speak at a single event. Sure enough, there is a way to hack the system, but few people know about it. Those few people are the ones who are getting speaking opportunities left and right. What’s the difference? These are the five things working for them that may not be working for you.
- You need to have more credibility than most of the people in your niche. The person organizing the event would rather have the social media expert with 500,000 Twitter followers speak than the person with 100,000 Twitter followers. The more real followers you have on your social networks, the more credibility you have. In addition, the people who get the most speaking opportunities happen to be bestselling authors. That means in order to get more public speaking opportunities, you need to have a big audience and successful products.
- Connect with people who have organized public speaking events in the past. Chances are those people will organize public speaking events in the future. If you contact that person and fit the bill, that person will have you speak at their next event.
- Have recorded videos of your public speaking events. Many people who are organizing public speaking events are looking for the people who have experience in speaking to the public. When you get a public speaking opportunity, you need to take that opportunity and then record the video of your public speaking event. After that, put the video on your blog and post it on YouTube. One of the people who sees that speech is bound to be an event organizer.
- Have a “Public Speaker” page on your blog. This page builds authenticity and allows people to know that you are available to speak at their event. Some people may want you to speak at their event but don’t know where they can contact you about that. The “Public Speaker” page on your blog solves that problem.
- Post valuable content on your blog. In order to get many public speaking opportunities, you need to get the first opportunity first. The first opportunity usually comes from an event organizer looking for an inexpensive but effective option. If you post valuable content on your blog, event organizers who are looking at your blog posts and like what they see will decide to hire you. After you get a few public speaking opportunities like that, you will get more public speaking opportunities from bigger organizations.
Speaking opportunities will be difficult to get in the beginning. However, as you get some speaking opportunities here and there, and you continue posting valuable content while growing your audience, you will eventually get speaking opportunities left and right. What are your thoughts on the list? Do you have any additional tips on getting more public speaking opportunities? Please share your thoughts and advice below.