In part two of this three part episode, we focus on what it takes to “make it” as a professional speaker. Even more important that how to “succeed” is a pragmatic assessment of whether you want to actually be in the professional speaking industry. Focusing on perceived financial rewards, public admiration, etc., is not sufficient for determining if something is the right field for us to enter into. I would love to be an Olympic Gold Medalist! Was I talented enough and did I possess the drive, intense sacrifice and dedication sustained for years to achieve that end result? No, I didn’t so I am not one. It is the same with professional speaking.
Is it more important that you are an engaging stage performer? Or, that you have immense amounts of knowledge and content? If you are scared of public speaking, hate traveling, or despise people looking at you; is this the right field for you? Just because a person can speak (they open up their mouths and words come out) do they have what it takes to be a professional speaker (being paid for their performances)? Do you need to join Toastmasters? Should you give free speeches? What are public seminars and [...]