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Professional Speaking Career - How To Get Started As A Professional Speaker

By Steve Wilson

Can you imagine having a career as a public speaker? Would you like the rush that comes from having an audience applaud or give you a standing ovation for a job well done?

A career as a professional speaker can be both enjoyable and financially rewarding. It is also a career that comes with a lot of flexibility which is ideal if you want to spend more quality time with your family and friends.

What Is Required of a Professional Speaker?

A professional speaker is responsible for delivering a presentation usually for the purpose of entertaining or informing the audience. Public speaking engagements can range from an hour or two through to events that run for several days.

You need to ensure that you are well-prepared for every event and know your material inside out. Also make sure you are prepared for any questions that may be asked. Try to be ready for the unexpected.

How Much Do Professional Speakers Earn?

Professional speakers can earn as little as a few hundred dollars for a single presentation through to tens of thousands of dollars. But don’t forget that they don’t just earn the speaking fee. Professional speakers also earn a lot of money from “back of the room” sales of materials such as books, CDs, videos, and workbooks.

How Can You Get Started?

You can usually get started by doing a few speaking events for free. There are almost always some groups in your local area looking for good speakers.

Use your first speaking engagements to build up a network of contacts, to collect testimonial letters, and to polish your presentation skills.

You will soon find that people are contacting you to invite you to speak at another event. Now it is time to set your fees and start to make a living from your new public speaking career.


About The Author

Steve Wilson is the manager of FreelanceSpeaking.com Visit his site today to discover exactly how to get started as a professional speaker, how to market your speaking services, how to improve your speaking skills and how to find the best speaking gigs. www.FreelanceSpeaking.com

© Copyright 2008 by Steve Wilson                                                                

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