I joined Toastmasters International in February 2013. Today, after below two years, I’m a Qualified and Professional Speaker because I get paid to speak. Considering that there are millions of amazing speakers in the world today, I’m grateful for the opportunities that I have discovered. However, in spite of the gratitude, I realize that I had, and still have to bust my comfort zone, get myself out there and fearlessly offer myself to the world. Below are three of the steps I took to advance from amateur, to paid speaker.
I. I contacted public libraries and offered a month (once a week) of free public self-empowerment lectures.
This awarded me great exposure. After giving the first lecture, I received an invitation from a nearby safe-house to offer the same lectures. And although I still wasn’t paid, I was grateful that some other organization had recognized my passion.
2. I record my speeches whenever I can, and then post them on my social platforms. The likes and following I have received over the past months inspired me to set up my face book speakers’ page. This has got me to consistently search for fresh public speaking tips to entertain and educate my followers.
3. I signed up, and posted my profile on freespeakersbureau.org. I got 3 paid speaking gigs in the first month after signing up.
One of the most important lessons that I have learned is that the more I speak publicly, the better I get. My advice to you is that regardless of whether you want to become a public speaker or not, public speaking is paramount in introducing, and selling yourself and brand to the world. Learning how to express yourself confidently, and also present your products or services professionally is key to gaining a competitive edge in today’s market.
As a life/business Coach, I’m offering a free 30 mins consultation to help you identify your self-limiting beliefs and personal threats, and how you can get out of your comfort zone and then become the authority of your craft. Remember, nothing moves, if nothing is done. Taking action is key to progress.
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Love and light
Dr. Jacinta Mariah