How to Become a Professional Speaker
If you want to become a professional speaker there are several
avenues you can take.
1. You can simply claim you're a pro and start soliciting paid speaking engagements. Although I'm all for taking action, I don't recommend this as the best way to start. You can really shoot yourself in the foot by saying the wrong thing to a meeting planner who will then tell all his/her meeting planner friends that you don't know what you're doing.
2. You could join as a guest member of a chapter of the National Speakers Association. Most chapters allow guests to attend their meetings while preparing to qualify for acceptance into the National organization. This is highly recommended, but a very slow way to get up to speed.
3. Get professional speaking training. There are not that many places to get credible pro speaking training. Many of the people that would be qualified to teach you don't offer the service. You also have to watch out for people teaching this skill who never had a significant speaking career themselves. There are also out and out ripoffs who could teach you if they wanted to but they prefer to get your money and then give you zero or very little help.
We highly recommend training. You just have to be darn careful who you deal with.
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