Episode 156: What do you NEED to be a Professional Speaker?

Sep 4, 2023

Are you wondering what it takes to be a professional speaker? Do you feel overwhelmed by all the “must-haves” and “shoulds” that others are telling you? We tend to complicate things by setting rigid expectations and absolutes. There are more than a few misconceptions about what it takes to be a successful speaker, and they are often suggested by other speakers and coaches, which makes it advice that can be hard to ignore.
 
In this episode, we’ll explore together the common beliefs of what it takes to be an accomplished speaker and I’ll explain that there’s truly only one thing that matters to your success. You’ll also discover how important it is to uncover your unique message and find the platforms that resonate with you. Listen and be encouraged to embrace your unique message and find your path in the speaking industry.
 
Topics Covered:

  • Reviewing the common speaker requirements suggested by others
  • Challenging the idea of absolutes in the speaking industry
  • Focusing on the unique message God has given you
  • Making your message plain
  • Clearing misconceptions about only certain stories being necessary to get booked
  • Highlighting the diversity of messages that can be shared
  • Finding the best platform for you to build a community around your specific message
  • Encouraging listeners to seek God’s guidance on their message

Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to being a speaker, and you don’t have to conform to society’s expectations. Focusing on your calling, the message you feel led to share, and building a community on a platform that suits your personality and preferences is a great starting point. My Facebook community, Take the Stage Speakers, is a wonderful place to engage in conversation with other speakers, share your vision and gain insight into the work others are doing. I’d love to see you there and offer my encouragement.

 
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