Most people would love to get paid to speak. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be paid thousands of dollars for a 30-40 minutes speech!
But how to get paid to speak at conferences, colleges and events in general? How do you become a paid public speaker?…
Becoming a top dollar making public speaker is not something that can be achieved over night. And to be honest, I don’t think most people have it in their DNA so to speak, to become a paid public speaker.
Having said that, if you do become one, you are in for a treat. You can expect to get paid up to $100,000 per speech. Of course, in your early days you may have to book non paying gigs, and even after you made a name for yourself out there, you probably won’t be able to get gigs that pay that much, but even new speakers can expect to make at least $5000 to $2000 per event.
So, becoming a paid speaker is well worth the effort. If you are thinking about making money as a public or privet speaker, here is what you need to do:
1- Create demand
This industry doesn’t exactly work on demand and supply. You see, there are already hundreds of professional speakers out there, so there is no reason for people and event organizers to pay you to speak for them, when they already have other speakers. That’s why you have to create a new demand that revolves around you and your unique message.
Come up with a unique and attractive message that will become the main voice of you as a professional speaker. Bloggers who get paid for blogging, use the exact same method to set themselves apart from hundreds of thousands of other bloggers who blog about the same topic. Once you have that, people will hire you to speak as people like to hear original ideas and not the same old rehashed stuff.
2- Create a unique and interesting persona
We all know that people don’t just like to hear professional speakers because they can speak well. Most professional paid speakers are hired because they have a story, a personal story that sets them a part from other speakers. It gives them a unique ability to appeal to the audience, where the audience truly enjoy listening to them. So, you have to dig deep to bring out your unique and interesting personal story that can separate you from the pack.
3- Work your way up
How do you create demand when you are basically nobody in the world of professional speakers?… Well, the best way is to start with your immediate surroundings – Grow interest amongst your family and friends, neighbors, co workers, your community at large and so on. Start speaking and creating demand about a niche you are an expert about. Gain some credibility with them. That is how demand is born.
4- Find a few events to speak at
You have to start somewhere. Find small events in your local area where you can speak. Of course, you need to make sure you are qualified to speak at any given event. You don’t want to speak at an event centered around faith and religion when your message is about atheism.
If you really can not spot any event that you can speak at, you can simply start your own event. That’s actually even better as it gives the chance to create a community around your message and your theme. Perhaps you could create an event where talented and good speakers like you who are just starting out and can not find gigs elsewhere, can speak.
5- Stay an active speaker
The fact is the more you talk at events, the more speakers and event organizers you meet, and that will give you a chance to be spotted by big event organizers who have the power to hire you to speak at their next event.
If you really want to get paid to speak one day, you have to be constantly out there. Even if you can not find events to speak at, you still have a choice to stay active – simply record a 10 minutes or so lecture and upload it to YouTube. That will also help you create a community around your YouTube Channel, and how knows, maybe one day you could get paid by YouTube.
6- Take advantage of the internet
Today, thanks to blogs and social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, it is easier than ever to build and grow an audience. These platforms allow you to instantly get yourself known by the masses. All you have to do is upload a few videos on YouTube, tweet your message and create a Facebook page for it. Then, promote yourself through blogging and networking with other people. you will be amazed how quickly your audience will grow, that is assuming you truly have something interesting and different to say.
7- Watch and learn
While you do all of that to get yourself out there and known, so hopefully one day you can make money as a speaker, be sure to watch as many professional speakers speeches as you can. Learn from the pros, see how they do it, their movements on the stage, their tone and so on. A few good places to watch truly amazing paid speakers are IgniteShow and Ted.
Follow the above tips and you will soon get to a place where you will be making money speaking at events. Once you are there, the opportunities are endless, you could get paid to go to college, conferences, special events and many other places to give speeches.
I know that many of you probably have heard of get paid to speak by next week or next month type of thing, but please don’t waste your money and time buying those useless eBooks and courses.
No one, absolutely no one can go from a normal person to a professional speakers who gets paid thousands of dollars per event, in just a week or even a month. It takes hard work, dedication and time to master the art of public speaking to the point where you can get paid to speak.