Becoming a Pro:
If you have been a passionate debater for years, are leading highly I rated workshops at work, or were a hit as the keynoter at the alumni dinner, you may be attracted to the idea of being paid to speak on a larger stage. Whether you want to keep your day job and be hired to address gatherings occasionally or wish to ultimately make a career switch to become a full-time professional speaker, there are a lot of issues to consider if you want to be successful.
According to Success Motivation Institute, there are nearly two million meetings a year with opportunities for outside speakers. Many of those who are hired to address these meetings are full-time professional presenters—motivational speakers, consultants, trainers, or experts who left their jobs because they became interested in teaching others about their cutting-edge ideas. Others want to continue as, say, senior executives, professors, authors, dentists, or chefs, because they are high achievers, but also enjoy having the influence and high profile (not to mention the extra income) that occasional public speaking engagements can provide. Many of the steps you need to take to get from freebies to fees are the same, regardless of the path you want to pursue.