Are you Aspiring to be a Professional Speaker?
You are most Welcome; you have taken an important step. But let us first share with you these important words on marble:
It was Kahlil Gibran in his, The Madman who once said that “To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.” And it was Mike Norton in his, White Mountain who said that “The true measure of a man is not what he dreams, but what he aspires to be; a dream is nothing without action. Whether one fails or succeeds is irrelevant; all that matters is that there was motion in his life. That alone affects the world.”
Public Speaking is a noble and proud profession. Public speakers have profound desire to help support other people through the medium of impactful speech. But how can you become a professional speaker? Quite easy! There are as many ways of becoming a professional speaker as there are professional speakers. There is no single path or pathway to success.
But, professional speakers all have one thing in common – their professionalism. In other words, they treat their work very seriously – even if they are comics. Also, professional speakers understand the stage and know how to bond with their audience. The PSSN does not teach these skills. But we provide the platform.
We expect you to be a skilled speaker before you can join us. So, if you are currently thinking about being a speaker we’d suggest you learn some more about speaking. Once you have gained some speaking skills, it could be time to start asking for payment for speeches you give and then you could take up our “Associate Member” status. If you are a celebrated speaker, you can take up the Fellowship category.
As an Associate Member you will be able to interact with other professional speakers and learn from them so that you can ultimately prepare yourself for becoming a Professional Member of PSSN. You can start by joining any Toastmasters Club. You can also read these articles: Advice for Aspiring Speakers at: http://www.inc.com/magazine/20101201/advice-for-aspiring-speakers.html; and/or How to Become a Successful Professional Speaker by Dorie Clark at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/dorieclark/2013/06/10/how-to-become-a-successful-professional-speaker/#60fd9f21326f.