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How To Become A Speaker At Conferences

Think about what you’re interested in. We all want to hear someone talk who is genuinely passionate about what th...

How To Become A Speaker At Conferences

Think about what you’re interested in. We all want to hear someone talk who is genuinely passionate about what they have to say, so take the time to figure out what this is for you.

 

Start attending conferences in your field. Check out online directories and blogs about your area of interest to find conference listings.

 

Get involved. Mingle, network, chat with the speakers and organizers. Ask questions from the floor (this is great practice for actually speaking!) . Remember, you’re there to get involved, not just to observe.

 

Expand your online network. If you already have a blog, start writing about your experiences at conferences and reach out to people. If you don’t, start one! Check out relevant forums, wikis, and mailing lists.

 

Decide which conferences you want to target, and start pitching. Depending on the size of the conference, speaker lists may be drawn up many months in advance, so plan your approach accordingly.

 

 

Research as much about the conference as you can and tailor your approach to this. Do they have a preliminary agenda? A call for papers? Either way, get in contact with the organizers explaining exactly what it is you can bring them.

 

Don’t try to sell yourself, your company, or your services. People don’t attend conferences to be advertised to, so focus on being informative about your topic. Be an expert. When it comes down to it, this is the best promotion for yourself that you can offer.

 

Be practical, not theoretical. Audience members are looking for actionable information and resources they can use, so don’t waste your time explaining all the reasons why your topic is important. Your audience came to listen—they’re already convinced that it is.

 

When it comes to actually speaking, be prepared. Read your speech aloud to your partner, your kids or your dog. Know what you’re doing inside out. Being overly reliant on your notes and slides on stage will stop you from engaging with your audience, so make sure you avoid this.

 

Have fun! Speaking at conferences involves talking about something you’re passionate about to people who are excited to learn. Don’t forget to enjoy that.

 

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