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Speaking Tips: Public Speaking - How to Get Plenty of Speaking Engagements

Updated on August 4, 2017

There's plenty of demand on the Not for Money Speakers Circuit

You can go informal, without the suit and tie
You can go informal, without the suit and tie

Would you like to get plenty of speaking engagements?

Welcome to Public Speaking

Would you like to get a great many more speaking engagements? Yes, of course you would! And you can. It’s easy. The catch? You’ve got to be willing to speak for the love of speaking: not just for the money. You’ve got to love what you do and do what you love. As the saying goes: ‘Do what you love and the money will come.’

“Maybe.” You’re thinking.

It hasn’t for you? Not yet, anyway? It will happen. The Law of Attraction will see to that. As for me, I get lot’s of invitations to do ‘Freebies.’ Six hundred and fifty four (Yes, 654 !) in just over fifteen years and the invitations still come in.

“How do you do it?” you might also be thinking.

Or you can go "fully booted and spurred" in the zoot-suite.  Freebie audiences come in many varieties
Or you can go "fully booted and spurred" in the zoot-suite. Freebie audiences come in many varieties

Ask 'em - They can't read your mind

Phone and ask. Write and ask. There are hundreds, maybe thousands of organisations, associations, clubs, groups, out there who meet monthly, fortnightly, weekly- nearly all of whom welcome the competent speaker or storyteller with open arms. And once you’ve landed a few ‘gigs’ you get word-of-mouth referral from then on. The word simply gets around. Before you know it, you’re ‘in demand.’

My speciality is the “Retiree” group. And make no mistake about it there are hundreds of them. They range from people in Nursing Home “Day-Care” Centres and Retirement Villages, to Probus Clubs, National Seniors, and huge rallies such as Carlingford Court Seniors , Carlingford Tuesday Club, Roselands, MacQuarie and Parramatta Golden A Clubs, Roselands, VIP, etc.

The writer before a dinner group
The writer before a dinner group
Typical Probus Club audience with yours truly out front
Typical Probus Club audience with yours truly out front
And here's another Probus meeting with me as the guest speaker
And here's another Probus meeting with me as the guest speaker

The Not for Money Speakers Circuit can get you many a big audience

A typical Probus Club audience ranges from 80 to 100 people, so you really do get to practice your craft before bigger audiences. And some retiree groups draw as many as 300.

When I checked recently my list of audiences, I found with pleasant surprise that I’d spoken to nearly 36,000 people since April 1995. This year, I’m already booked to do another twenty ‘gigs’

Okay. So it’s free public speaking. It's all for free. But it’s fun. And who knows. Maybe the contacts and contracts will be made. And if that happens, could be “Do what you love and the money will come” will be true after all. So get out there. Try the ‘Freebie Circuit.’ I think you’ll find it’ll pay.

I hope you got something out of How to Get Plenty Of Speaking Engagements. Still, whether you did or not, I'd like to hear from you. The Not for Money Speakers Circuit is still keeping me going...and I'm loving it.

Tom

Tom Ware

 

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