Of the hundreds that have asked to pick my brain over lunch, and the few I can actually give that time to, the same question comes up time and time again for the budding, and even seasoned, Speaker/Performer:
How do I get events and opportunities to speak/perform?
I throw out random ideas that are almost too simple for the listener to conceive of.
What? Of course I belong to an association, but I can’t offer to speak there, that’s by invitation only!
Wait a minute, you’re suggesting I offer to speak at church!?
No, that’s not possible, there’s just not enough time in the football team’s schedule for a guest speaker at my nephew’s school.
I hear the excuses and just continue to recommend the same, because what I preach is what I have done to build my career.
So here’s my advice to you on how to get opportunities to speak:
Go CREATE them.
Out of nothing if you must.
For example, this past week was “KINDNESS WEEK” at our kid’s school.
The teachers send out a weekly agenda for parents.
I have been wanting to try out some new material that fits perfectly with kindness.
I emailed each teacher, asking if there would be any time to come to 4 different classes for my 4 kids, as I would like to help teach, in an entertaining way, about kindness.
I ended up speaking to nearly half the school over a 2 day period.
It was very moving to realize the secret still works – ALL I HAD TO DO WAS ASK.
We so often think we need an invitation.
Create the invitation!
Make your opportunities!
Go get some gigs!
Jason Hewlett, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, is a Keynote Speaker for the largest corporate events in the world. His primary message, The Promise, is essential for Leadership, Management, Sales, Marketing, Direct-Sales Companies, and is a combination of engagement and entertainment meets inspiration. Jason has even received standing ovations from IT guys. He has been acknowledged as life-changing by Conference Attendees, C-Level Executives and Hollywood Elite. jasonhewlett.com
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