Do you want to inspire people in seminars and get paid doing it?
Being a seminar speaker is a great way to earn a living. It can be lucrative and you get to inspire people with your stories and experiences. Usually, seminar speakers talk about general topics that deal mostly about leadership, motivation, overcoming trials, learning to communicate, management, and a positive attitude in the face of adversity.
Seminar speakers should have enough life experience to be seen as credible as a speaker. After all, if you're trying to tell someone how to be more successful in life, it should go without saying that you should be successful and moving forward in your own life.
First, you must choose a topic. Even though seminar speaking can have general topics, be sure to choose a topic where you can closely relate to. If you can relate with your material, speaking will be easy and natural. Natural delivery of seminar speeches will build a positive rapport between you and your audience.
Always be prepared and constantly practice your material. Be professional and continuously seek ways to improve your speeches. If appropriate, employ visual aids to your routines. Visual aids and other speech enhancing tools like slide shows and AV presentations will give you an aura of professionalism.
Create a portfolio of experiences as a professional speaker. You must be willing to work for free at first. Look for small business seminars and business meetings. Let the organizers know of your availability to speak. Share the outline of your presentation and the areas you focus on. Also, share your specialty and why are you qualified to speak in front of the addressees. There are even groups, like Toastmasters, who encourage their members to get up and address the group and then rate your speech in order to help you develop your skill.
Starting small to assess your abilities as a speaker is wise move. Always ask for feedbacks from your audience after every engagement. You can measure your success through the feedbacks. It is in the criticisms that you are able to gauge the worth of your material. In effect, you'll know if you have to put a hefty price tag on your speaking skills.
Always remember to network with the right people. Asking for referrals will widen your connections and will give you plenty of potential clients in the long run.
Gradually increase your prices. The more experience you gain from your speaking career the better you are getting with the profession. It is a good way to let your niche know that you are valuable. Remember to always market yourself. Keep track of related seminars in your area and send an outline and a pricing sheet to the organizers.
As part of your self-promotion, don't be too finicky with your bookings.
Be willing to give presentations outside of your comfort zone. In doing so, you will only improve your skills and expand your network.