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Monday, 03 April 2017 02:47

How can I create more opportunities for myself to make speeches in different capacities?

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The Way to get startedYou ask about creating opportunities to ‘make’ speeches. I’m unsure if you are asking how to create opportunities to create i.e. write speeches for others or if you are referring to opportunities for delivering speeches?

I’m going to run with the delivering speeches choice.

I believe that there are at least two types of speakers. The first one, using motivational speakers as an example, have one or a few presentations that they become really good at delivering. Many make their living doing so and become known in their field as the ‘go to’ person.

A second group is what I call ‘generalist’ speakers. A speaker in this category speaks, generally, in multiple topics of interest to them. I fall into this category.

Your question doesn’t address what your level of speaking experience is. If you haven’t already and you are over the age of 18, I would whole-heartedly recommend that you join a Toastmasters club if there is one close to you.

You ask about speaking in different capacities. At a Toastmasters club you will learn to speak in the following capacities and probably even more:

· Introducing yourself to a group

· Delivering prepared speeches on a topic of your interest.

· Introducing other speakers

· Chairing a meeting

· Answering impromptu questions i.e. Table Topics (topics with no advance warning)

· Speaking according to Parliamentary Procedure

· Debating

· Evaluating another speaker

· Delivering a toast

· Telling a humourous story or telling a joke

· Delivering a report

You will have opportunity to speak within your club, at other Toastmasters clubs and in the public.

You create opportunities to speak by letting the world know that you speak. Here are some ideas that I use to promote myself as a speaker:

· Create a website to post your videos. Here is a link to mine

· Create a Facebook Page to promote your videos of your speeches

· Write articles about your speech topics and post them to your website or create a blog

· Get followers to your blog

· Link your Facebook Page to your Twitter account to expand your reach

· Create a one-sheet promo of different topics that you speak about

· Create a Linkedin profile and add promotional copy about your speech topics

· Deliver stand-alone speeches in the community on topics that would be of interest to a paying audience. I have four topics related to business communication that I run throughout the year.

Participating in a Toastmasters club will expose you to many speaking opportunities and it can be a good way to find out what subject you are passionate about.

Thanks for your question!

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