One of the challenges for any writer is today’s demand that we also speak publicly. But whether you are in the aspiration stage, under foundational construction, or higher in the platform building process, there are ways you can get more speaking gigs to promote your work and support your financial needs.
Here are five I’m working on:
1. Network online and in person with those who have more experience and connections. Don’t be afraid to ask for guidance, ideas, or referrals. Always be willing to give more than you receive.
2. Hire a Booking Agent to alleviate time management issues, hesitation to promote yourself, lack of connections, and other things that hinder follow through on speaking pursuits. Christian Speakers Services has a great list of requirements to help you set goals for signing with a great agency.
3. Get certified with a credible speaking enhancement program. Even though I had experience from my jobs in the business world, I benefited greatly from the CLASSeminars program on public speaking. Toastmasters, if available near you, is worth their nominal fees and the investment of your time. Christian Speakers Association is another resource opportunity.
4. Partner with existing ministries that match your message, value system, and abilities. For me, Stonecroft International Ministries has been a good fit.
5. Say yes to invitations to speak for free or little money as you get started. Small churches, little known conferences, local, regional and state associations, along with other organizations are good places to start. Trust that over time, with experience, growing credibility, and successful venues, word-of-mouth will increase opportunities for you to spread your message.
Writers in the twenty-first century are required to work two jobs. One to constantly author fresh material, and second, to grow a listening audience when they speak.
The task may seem daunting, but with a bit of dedicated effort, you’ll soon be on your way to getting more speaking gigs, so you can sell more of your writing. We all have to start somewhere.
Where do you find your best speaking gigs?
Anita Agers-Brooks is an Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author.
She’s a member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, client of WordServe Literary Group, graduate of CLASS for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries.
Anita’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith. Anita lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.