There are many simple ways to make yourself into more of an asset to potential clients. Ever tried out Public Speaking? Not only does speaking in public provide you with a sense of confidence and charisma you may never have tapped into, you can really assert your expertise. People look for someone who can motivate them, we all do. Any potential partner would love to work with someone who has a strong voice and has great communication skills.
Here are a couple ways make people aware that you are available as a Public Speaker:
Create a website or e-zine. Let your audience know of upcoming public appearances and post topics that may interest them. They’ll want to learn more and attend events where you are speaking.
Make the most of your local library. Libraries contain numerous resources that can lead you to places where you’ll get paid to speak. They have access to several business directories, different forms of media and the Yellow Pages. Researching these can lead you to contact information and addresses of businesses that are look for and utilize professional lecturers.
Inform others of your public speaking experience in every presentation. Let others know of your knowledge in your field. It reassures them of your competence in your chosen field/business. However, anyone can give a speech and simply state that they are an expert. You need to back up your statements by including past public appearances and professional work that demonstrate your expertise.
Sign up with a speaking organization. The National Speaker’s Association is one of the most prominent organizations for professional speakers. The benefit of joining such an organization is that you’ll have the chance to learn from other skilled presenters, improve your public speaking skills and receive news of important events in your field.
Write an article that promotes and informs. Don’t write an article just to market your business. Provide useful tips beneficial to your readers as well. Give your audience a preview of what you will be presenting in your speech without going into too much detail. The key is to write an article that will provide a brief summary of your topic — just enough to catch the interest of your readers so they will want to attend the event where you will be speaking. Include your contact information in case they want to learn more about you and your business.