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1. Stack the odds in your favor.
Before you submit a proposal to an organization, do your homework. Read about the organization’s membership and mission. This will give you insight into the information its members would value and what the hot topics might be.
(Stumped at where to start? Here’s a list of 17 ways to find speaking engagements.)
2. Make the conference planner or education committee chairperson’s job as painless as possible.
Provide all the information the program chair or selection committee needs to choose you. Here’s what goes into your package:
Because this is meant to be concise, all the content should fit on a single page.
3. Use The Secret
There is a secret to getting more presentation opportunities. (It’s one that few entrepreneurs and professionals practice. Not because they’re dumb – they just don’t know about it.)
Don’t wait for a Call for Speakers for that small handful of conferences in your industry. Take action to expand your reach and influence!
Research groups and organizations where your ideal clients hang out. (Most groups host regular meetings, lunch & learns, webinars and conferences. They are starving for valuable content for their members.)
Reach out and propose a presentation with a timely topic. Include three to five bullets of reasons that it is of interest to the audience and include your speaker sheet.
Speaking is powerful tool for positioning you as an authority and leveraging your valuable time. You can put it to work for you!
This week, create your own speaker sheet. Then, do a little research to find five organizations and use the secret – ASK!