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Speaking at Local Events: A Gateway to Bigger Stages

Speaking at Local Events: A Gateway to Bigger Stages

Are you looking to make a splash in the world of public speaking? Starting local is a brilliant strategy. Local events offer a unique platform to hone your skills, build your reputation, and prepare for larger stages. It’s like training in a friendly arena before heading to the Olympics of public speaking.

Speaking at Local Events: A Gateway to Bigger Stages

Why Local Events Matter:

Firstly, local events are accessible. They provide a comfortable environment to experiment with your style and content. It’s a place where mistakes are less intimidating, and learning is part of the journey. These events also offer a chance to understand diverse audiences. Each speech gives you insights into what works and what doesn’t, allowing you to fine-tune your approach.

Building Connections and Visibility:

Local stages are fantastic for networking. They connect you with other speakers, event organizers, and audience members who can open doors to bigger opportunities. Every handshake and conversation is a potential lead to a more significant engagement. Plus, local events often lead to word-of-mouth promotion, which is invaluable in building your speaker brand.

Gaining Confidence and Experience:

Each time you speak at a local event, you’re building confidence. It’s about becoming comfortable on stage, managing nerves, and engaging with the audience. This experience is priceless. Think of it as collecting gems of wisdom that you can use on larger stages.

Showcasing Versatility and Adaptability:

Local events can be diverse. You might speak at a community center, a business meet-up, or a school event. This variety tests and showcases your adaptability and versatility. It’s an opportunity to tailor your message for different audiences, a skill crucial for larger, more varied stages.

Immediate Action Step: Reach Out to Local Organizations:

Here’s a straightforward action step you can take right now: Make a list of local organizations, clubs, and event venues. Reach out to them with a brief introduction and an offer to speak at their next event. Whether it’s a Rotary Club, a local business group, or a community workshop, offer your speaking services. This proactive approach will open doors to local speaking opportunities, setting the foundation for your journey to larger stages.

Speaking at local events is more than just practice; it’s a strategic move in your public speaking career. These platforms offer invaluable experiences that sharpen your skills, build your confidence, and expand your network. By taking the initiative to engage with local organizations, you’re laying the groundwork for future success. Remember, every big-name speaker started somewhere, and local stages are the nurturing grounds for tomorrow’s speaking stars. Start local, dream big, and watch your speaking career soar!

If you want more help expanding your reach online, tap into our super supportive Facebook community, Breakthrough Public Speakers, or head over to my speaking resources page for tons of helpful information, templates, and more!

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Recommended Resources & Links 

The Charli Jane Speakers Club – If you are seeking to expand your presence on various stages, you have arrived at the ideal destination! We proudly offer our members an impressive range of 5,200 – 10,400 speaking opportunities annually. Yes, you read that correctly! 

We cater to diverse interests and expertise, ensuring that there is something for everyone. Moreover, we have developed a comprehensive program known as The Booked Solid Success Path, meticulously designed to complement and enhance your speaking engagements. 

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Speaking for Pay: A Crash Course For Beginners – Designed with beginners in mind, this course walks you through seven actionable steps to help you transition from a passionate speaker to a sought-after, paid professional. 

The Ultimate Speaker Business Building Bundle – Includes all my course kits like: Find speaking gigs, recurring 60k from one gig, meeting planner page, price your speaking, create your own one-sheet course, marketing templates, find your niche course, speaking lead organizer, and so much more.

Get a professional onesheet designed – I have been designing one sheets, also known as a speaker sheet or one-pager, for over 20 years for  speakers to use in their marketing mix. 

The Breakthrough Public Speakers CommunityMy team and I are inside this community helping you, encouraging you, and supporting you through your speaking journey… along with 12,000 + speakers.

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As the Founder and Owner of Charli Jane Speaker Services®, Wendi has been “Opening Doors of Opportunity” for speakers since 2002.

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