With social media taking a front seat in every entrepreneur’s marketing strategy, it’s more important to gain influence in your industry to stand out. One way to do this is by speaking at events, conferences and anywhere else for that matter on your area of expertise.
Speaking engagements especially in person, give you the opportunity to see your audience in person, position yourself as an expert in your topic while also building your influence.
If this is something you want, you might want to consider getting some speaking gigs!
Make Connections in your Niche
The best way you find speaking opportunities is through your own network. You never know if someone is looking for a speaker unless you ask!
Send out an email or message on social media to your professional connections letting them know you are looking for speaking opportunities. Include what topics you’d like to speak on and what kind of events you’re looking to speak at.
Share Your Expertise in Many Avenues
When someone is looking for a speaker, they are looking for someone who is knowledgeable in a topic to share that knowledge with their audience. So, if there is a topic that you’d like to speak on, start speaking on it now!
With social media, blogging, and email marketing, it’s easier than ever to get your message out there. Building a presence online can make it easier for people to find you if they need a speaker.
Pitching to Relevant Platforms
There is nothing wrong with the direct approach! Know a conference you’ve been dying to speak at or a local event that always has the best guests? Reach out to them and see if they are looking! Chances are, they are!
Similar to asking your connections, ask the organizer! Shoot an email or private message inquiring about speaking. Include some information about yourself, you expertise, and your speaking experience.
Showcase Your Speaking Skills Online
As previously mentioned, it’s easier than ever to speak to get your message out there. It’s also easier to display and practice your speaking skills for a smaller audience.
If you want to show or improve your speaking skills, hop on a Facebook or Instagram live. You can do it on your profile or even ask the admin of a Facebook group. Speak exactly as you would in front of a large crowd!
An Actual Speaking Gig
If you’re looking to speak on, are in the northeast Ohio area and love WordPress, I’ve got something for you! WordCamp Kent is looking for speakers for this year’s conference on June 9th-10 at Kent Hotel and Conference.
This is a great opportunity to meet other WordPress enthusiasts, learn about WordPress and build that influence I’ve been talking about. Want to learn more? Head to our Call for Speakers post.
Now, that you have some ideas, it’s time to get going! Where have you always wanted to speak? Tell me in the comments.