I've been a clinical therapist for over 30yrs in private practice. I want to branch out, reach a wider audience and help more people. I believe my colleague and I are a great duo because of my background and her medical expertise. We'd like to do keynote addresses, conferences, motivational talks and empowering workshops for women of all ages.
The route I'd take is to start researching conferences that you'd like to speak at.
Find out where and when they occur. Look for a "call for proposals" — lots of conferences ask speakers to submit talk ideas.
Find out who runs them. See if you have any mutual friends. If not, see if you can find a way to be helpful to them (without asking for anything in return). Building good will has paid me back many, MANY times over as a speaker.
Look for local meetups. Maybe organize your own. Start to get experience as a speaker and build a reputation.
It starts slow, but things ramp up quickly once momentum picks up. I used this approach to build my own speaking career.
I'd be happy to share my strategy and story with you if you're interested.
Answered 8 years ago