If you’re new to speaking, one of the first things you need to take care of is sourcing new opportunities to speak. You can be the best public speaker in the world, but that won’t be much good for you if you never take to a stage!
While everyone immediately thinks of conferences (and right so), there are so many more organizations that you can approach to land a speaking gig.
Remember, when first starting out, I always advocate speaking for free. By approaching some of the organizations below with your free speaking services, you can quickly build a solid client list and a string of testimonials that afford you some leverage when speaking to corporate event planners.
So, without further ado, let’s get into this list of organizations available to jumpstart your speaking business.
Your local Rotary Club is one of the best organizations to approach, especially if you are still in the infancy of your speaking career. They host many events during the course of the year, and several of them are suitable to slot in one or several public speakers to educate their members on specific topics.
Speaking at a Rotary Club has a number of other benefits, including networking opportunities if you live in a more populated area. Many of the members will have a wealth of contacts that they may be happy to put you in touch with should they be impressed by your speaking skills.
Plus, you can develop a relationship with the Rotary Association for your future speaking gigs. You never know when they could need your support for another event in the future.
Chambers of Commerce
If your speaking niche is more business-oriented, then it’s worth approaching your local Chamber of Commerce. Like Rotary Clubs, they are constantly putting on events that help their local small businesses grow, scale, and positively impact the local economy.
While Chambers of Commerce present similar networking opportunities, speaking at a Chamber event will also help you build credibility and authority in your chosen industry. If you do manage to land a speaking gig, make sure you record yourself on that Chamber stage for your speaker video and photos!
Nonprofits and Charities
While Rotary Associations technically fall under this umbrella, there are plenty of other charitable organizations that may appreciate what you have to offer. Again, while some of the larger non-profits may offer speaking fees for annual events, it’s perhaps best to target the smaller events and offer free speaking services to grab those all-important testimonials.
You can always offer to donate some of your time or services to the charity for free too. It may seem like a small gesture, but if you can maintain a presence with the organization in question, it could prove very beneficial later down the line.
Community Groups and Neighborhood Associations
Similar to charity organizations, community groups such as Neighborhood Associations are also always looking for volunteers to help them deliver workshops, training, and other related activities. By getting involved in your local community groups, you can start to build your speaking reputation within your local area before expanding.
It will help you gain recognition and referrals as you slowly become known as the “go-to” person on your chosen subject within your locality.
Trade Industry Groups
Another excellent organization to pitch your services to is one of your local industry trade groups that often host regular events to help their members. There are literally hundreds of trade industry groups, bodies, and organizations for you to pitch your services. Once again, a great way to get your foot in the door is to offer your services for free.
If you can only think of a couple of relevant industry trade bodies within your chosen niche, you can take a look at a more detailed list of American trade industry groups (divided by sector) here.
No matter where you are based in the country, there are always local networking associations and groups that hold regular events. Joining a local chapter of a specific networking organization alone might land you the opportunity to speak to the rest of the members for free.
This opportunity could be a potential gold mine if you are a product-focused speaker or if your speaking merely acts as a segway into your coaching or consulting business.
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The above list of organizations gives you a great starting point when looking to source speaking opportunities.
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