A Look At A Career in Public Speaking
If you enjoy speaking and meeting new people and have a knack for entertaining others, then a career in public speaking may be ideal for you. Public speaking is a lucrative career option that involves a lot of traveling and speaking.
caller after caller, interviewer after interviewer, I’ve heard many convincing me that I should pursue a career in public speaking.
I’ve even had some companies try to convince me to “come out and play” at some sort of speaking engagements that I would otherwise have no desire to participate in.
So what sort of things do we public speakers actually do? How do I get paid to talk? Is it difficult to secure a job? Is it a skill? Is there anything I can do to improve it?
Public speaking trades take many forms. You may well be familiar with the sort of presentations you see on TV news programs.
But there’s far more to that than first meets the eye. The techniques, skills and attributes that makeup a successful public speaker are traits that can be wrinkled by life itself.
Let’s look at that first. What is a public speaker?
In the legal sense, a public speaker is a person who opens his or her mouth in a situation where there is no legal limit to the information that can be communicated.
A public speaker may speak to a group of people or one single person as in a debate or in a court of law. He or she may speak to a panel of people or an individual – or an audience.
The public speaker has not only to persuade the audience to listen to his or her message, but also to think and listen to the message.
The persuaded audience may be expected to buy the speaker’s products or services. The speaker has to advertise and promote himself or herselfentials.
The key skill of a public speaker is to transitively communicate. He or she must be able to communicate both orally and through written communications. The skilled public speaker will be able to do this quite effectively.
First, let’s look at exactly what kind of situations call for a public speaker. If you’re looking for a role as a prestige speaker, the best bet is to avoid situations where you have to motivate an audience to hear you speak. Instead, help them to understand your point of view and get to know you.
Any such involvement will almost certainly go down very well with the people in the audience, for you will be able to stay in touch with them after the event. Events that are designed to be educational, such as seminars, should definitely benefit this technique.
But if you’re drawing a blank on exactly what should go into making that all-important telephone call – I’ll give you my two cents for what it’s worth.
In the first instance, you’ve got to get going plenty of early in the day to compose the words for your opening salvo. Then you’ve got to get the details right.
The principal summary of your opening speech reminds me of the opening statement of this book. It is simply “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Capable and unwilling, it depends.”
A clever sentence, which you’ll definitely remember if you’ve got mine wrong!
As I was always learning when it came to my own writing, I was surprised at just how difficult it is to write something entirely in one go. There is certainly a separated time in order to get it right, and then there is a period of writing where you simply become frustrated that it is quite possibly the wrong thing.
But don’t let that frustrate you. If you read life sciences or psychotherapy books, those kinds of ideas are quite common. It is understandable: we all need those little doses of reality sometimes.
That’s probably why I recommend a more relaxed approach to first writing assignments. If you get going too hard, too fast, it could prevent you from developing new insights, or it could simply slow you down. So, instead of trying to produce the impossible, try to become comfortable with the idea that it is possible.
Once you are comfortable with it, you can pick up the pace and don’t lose sight of what you need to do. If it is meant to be a slow and methodical process, stick with it and learn what you need to know.
And don’t forget to try to communicate with as many people as possible. Not only is it good manners to call on family and friends to provide input – it also shows that you are serious about your career. And don’t forget that the power of word of mouth can work wonders when it comes to good publicity. People love good news. And they love hearing about a surging new trend in a particular field. It is called green-lighting. If you want to get ahead of the game, start standing out above the noise.