What a guest speaker should say?
First, start with working on that inner conversation that creates the fear and the doubt that people would want to hear you speak to their audience. People would want to give you that opportunity. So for me, when I started, there was a lot of fear, doubt, and insecurities about it. But soon as you realize what you're doing is valuable and brings value.
The next step is starting to find people you've had relationships with, people you've connected with. Katie you're a great example of that. We've connected at a conference a couple of years ago, and we have a relationship. So that's an easy way to reach out to people, and just say hey this is what I would like to do what I've done recently. I've made it public on my Facebook profile that my goal is to have 100 speeches in 2022.
How can I be a successful guest speaker?
Share anywhere that you can share your message. I've made the bar pretty low. If the person has an audience of 2 or more, I want to speak to those two people. I believe that what I'm sharing is meant for them. If they decide to show up, that message is meant for them. I'm not making it about me, a lot of times we feel it’s only two people. But if you think about it, two people I don't know that showed up to hear me share something. That's an amazing way of looking at it.
Another thing I will share about it is it allows you to build your confidence. We all would love to speak in front of 5,000 people, right on a big massive stage. But are we equipped to show up on a stage like that in an impactful way to make a difference? So, speaking to an audience of 2 and 10 and 15 people prepares you for that every big stage, you get a chance to get in front of. So you’ve got to practice.
How do you get speaking engagements?
One more tip is actually to create your stages too. If you have an email list, do a webinar once a week or every other week. Invite that email list to do webinars. It may be five people. Just email them personally, “Hey, I'm doing this on this day come and hear me.”
If only two people show up, great. But you have an opportunity to create your stage by teaching, and there are a lot of platforms out there. Eventbrite allows you to just post an event. Meetup.com allows you to create your event.
So you've got to have a chance to create your stage to prepare you for those even bigger stages.
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