So you’re a great speaker and you have an amazing message to share with the world. But no one is knocking on your door and begging you to talk at their conference. So instead of waiting for the opportunity to come knocking, how about you try these simple ideas and go out and get some speaking opportunities.
There are three approaches we can use here. The first is simple:
ASK – The Direct Approach.
Yeah, simple right?
You might already know someone who could do with a speaker at an upcoming event they are hosting. Ask them! If you don’t know anyone, you need to get out there and meet new people. Networking events are great for doing this, and if you meet some people who need a speaker, simply offer yourself to them. Most big speaking gigs are for large companies, so seek out high-end managers and CEO’s of the company as ask them what you can do to help them out.
You can also search Google for upcoming conferences, workshops, or trainings in your subject area. Find who is hosting the event and connect with them. All you need to do is reach out, build a relationship and ask.
Associations – The Indirect Approach.
You might already be a member of certain associations or groups. The members all need someone to listen to at meetings and with you simply being in the association, you will easily be able to offer yourself. Find associations of people that are in your field and join. You’ll build up great networks of like-minded people, too.
Create Your Own Event
Have you been searching www.MeetUp.com to find a group specific to your niche with no luck? Well how about you create one? Create your own group and bring people together who have common interests. You will be able to create your own events, and also bring in other speakers to raise the value of the seminar.
It doesn’t have to be difficult to get speaking gigs. Find the people who need your message, and simply ask them!
Keep doing this and you will have the big guns knocking at your door begging for your presence at their conference. Hopefully you can squeeze them in to your busy schedule…