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How to Find Paying Speaking Jobs

Jul 24, 2008
I want to help you start your motivational speaking business and train you to make more and more money in your motivational speaking career. One question I get all the time is, "James, how do I get paid public speaking jobs?" These jobs are out there but you need to know where to look in order to find them. Here are just a few ideas.

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 jobs in associations within your specific niche. Never be afraid to network yourself and get contact information from the conference coordinator even if you weren't hired to be their keynote speaker.

3) Increase your professional speaking success by creating a database of potential clients who may be hiring conference speakers in the future. Contact universities, colleges and professors. You can also try contacting your local speaker bureaus, non-profit organizations, corporations and even libraries.

4) Before starting a public speaking business, you should check the speaker forums for jobs. To help build your credibility as an expert in your niche you may have to take some unpaid jobs. Always remember that the goal is to go higher and higher and not settle on working for free.

5) As you start getting the hang of getting books for public speaking, you'll begin to develop a system to keep track of all the places you'll market yourself to. A helpful tool in providing contact information for organizations and conferences that are hiring motivational speakers is the internet. Search for "speakers wanted" or "calls for speakers" 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 professional speaker in ANY market. FREE Download=> Motivational Speaking Jobs
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