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Finding Paid Public Speaking Jobs

Jul 22, 2008
Helping you start your motivational speaking business and training you to make more money in your motivational speaking career is what I want to do. A question I get all the time is, "James, how do I get paid public speaking jobs?" To find these jobs you just need to know where to look, because these jobs are out there. A few ideas are:

1) Look for organizations that serve the niche you?re in. For example in the niche I?m in, I?d take a look at DECA marketing organizations, FCCLA. If you?re in the real estate industry, take a look at investor associations, the national board of realtors or even local community associations.

2) Research public speaking opportunities in related associations within your area of expertise. Get the contact information of the conference coordinator even if you weren't hired as their keynote speaker, don't be afraid.

3) Creating a database of potential clients who may be searching for conference speakers in the future can help increase your professional speaking success. You can do this by contacting universities, colleges and professors. Be sure to also try and contact your local speakers bureaus, non-profit organizations, corporations and even libraries.

4) You may want to check out the speaker forums for jobs when starting a professional speaking business. Many jobs aren't paid ones, you'll find, but they may be useful in helping you create credibility in your niche. It is key that you remember eventually go after higher and higher paying jobs instead of working for free.

5) As you figure out how to get bookings for motivational speaking, you?ll develop a system to keep track of all the places you?ll market yourself to. The internet is also going to be very helpful in providing contact information for organizations and conferences that are hiring motivational speakers. Just do a search for ?calls for speakers? or ?speakers wanted? and you?ll have a hefty listing to work through.

6) You can even find directories that are published with lists of all the paying markets within a niche. It will provide you with enough content to keep your business going, however keep in mind that no directory is ever complete. The National Trade and Professional Associations Directory, The Directory of Association Meeting Planners and the Directory of Corporate Meeting Planners are the three main directories that can be helpful with research. While these directories cost quite a bit they will make researching your niche that much easier!

7) The last key source of potential paid professional speaking jobs comes in the form of the referrals. Referrals will help bring your name to the forefront when event planners are looking to hire. You'll gain referrals as you build up a network of peers and clients in your niche market. One thing is for sure: the person who markets to event planner first is the one they will hire when they are getting ready for a job. You need to be the first one there!

One last thing I've got to share with you. Be sure to remember that you can always find the people who have the money you need to pay to hear you speak. With these resources you can get started on researching your particular area of expertise. And once you done a number of gigs, get out there and go after the big money!
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Who Else Wants to Make $100,000 to $1,000,000 Dollars Per Year as a Professional Speaker? James Malinchak has created the ultimate, step-by-step guide on how to become a paid speaker in ANY market. FREE Download=> Motivational Speaking Jobs
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