5 Must Haves for a Professional Speaker by Tandee Salter

So you have made the decision to become a professional speaker. You are ready to tell your story, motivate others, and speak on stages across the world. And you are making the investments to help you build your platform and become the speaker you desire.

 

As you make the transition from amateur to professional speaker, you will want to position yourself as an expert.  To successfully do this there are certain things you must have in place.

 

  1. A Website. Your website is your digital home and will be the place you direct traffic to. It is also the place where event organizers and audiences will go to learn more about you.

 

  1. A Professional Bio. This will explain who you are, what you do, and who you serve. It will also gives a glimpse into your story and tells why an audience should listen to you.

 

  1. One Sheet. This is a quick summary of who you are, speaking topics, and contact information. Your one sheet can be the difference between booked or getting denied an opportunity.

 

  1. Elevator Pitch. This is nothing more than a quick 30-60 second introduction. This will be the answer you give when attending networking events and are asked, “Who are you and what do you do?”

 

  1. A Signature Speech or two. Having a signature speech helps you to stay ready for any speaking opportunities. It also helps you to have a story to pull from and build your speech around when adjusting for new audiences.

 

Now you cannot throw these three things together and expect to go from zero speaking gigs to being fully booked.

 

Each of these components must be written with care. The language used needs to be clear, speak to your authority, and resonate with your audience.

 

You need to sit down, take your time, and write all three with your goals in mind. Now it is understandable if your plate is full and you don’t have time to write them yourself. This is when you raise your hand and ask for hep.

 

It is better to admit you need help instead of sitting down and doing nothing. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to position yourself as an expert and gain more speaking gigs.

 

Book a complimentary consultation today at bit.ly/talktotandee

 

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. caitlindjoshua says:

    Hello 🙂 I’m a rising teen advocate for my island, people expect me to speak up in order to be heard, but i can’t seem to do that. I always get stage frights and i’m really shy too. But i can’t just throw away my dream. Can you please help? reach out to my site anytime. i don’t have a lot of post though, i’m new to these and i’m taking the first step.

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    1. Wow, it sounds like you are on an amazing journey. I looked at your post about the process and I am excited for you. So my question to you would be to find your niche. That is one topic that you are passionate about. What is one thing you wish to change for the teens on your island?

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      1. caitlindjoshua says:

        YAY! Thanks so much for reaching to me. So I have to find something that i’m really interested about? and if it’s leadership and saving our ocean then maybe I can do further research right? Okay, I got the idea 🙂 now I have something in mind for my next post, will be posting tomorrow. Anyways, one thing I wish to change for the teens in my Island would be the way they view things. I want them to be open minded and always see the positive and the worth of whats in this world. Will post more about it tomorrow:)

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