It is estimated that around 75 percent of the population suffer from glossophobia, or the fear of public speaking. For some, however, public speaking is something that they love to do. No matter what type of field someone is in, they can become an expert speaker on the topic. They can even take that skill on the road and become an international recognized speaker.
“One of the best ways to establish yourself as an expert in your field is to become a speaker,” explained Dr. Edward Kondrot, founder of the Healing the Eye & Wellness Center in Dade City, Fl. “Not only do I enjoy it, but I have even gone on to speak international at various conferences and events. It’s a great way to contribute to my field.”
No stranger to giving speeches, Dr. Kondrot has two overseas speaking engagements booked for September. He will be presenting a case at the International Light Association meeting, which will take place in Antwerp, Belgium on September 22, 2013, as well as speaking at the IV World Congress in Rome from September 26-28, 2013, on the “Use of Ozone in Eye Disease.”
For those who would like to become an internationally recognized speaker, Dr. Kondrot offered some tips, including:
Publish a book. Having a book shows you have done a lot of research on the topic and likely have a lot of information to share. Dr. Kondrot is the author of three best-selling books, including “10 Essentials to Save Your Sight” (Advantage Media Group, July 2012).
Become an expert. No matter what field someone is in, they could likely establish themselves as an expert in something. Determine what it is that you are an expert at by evaluating your education, skills, position, etc. This is going to help narrow down what it is that you will speak about.
Get experience. If you are new to public speaking, start out by getting some experience. You can do this by speaking locally or on a state level. If you are not sure where to begin when it comes to how to speak in public, join a group like Toastmasters, or find out whether your local community college offers a course on the topic.
Network. It is important to get on the radar screen of those who will help determine the speakers and presenters that they need for their events. You can do this by attending industry events and joining international organizations related to your field.
Get the word out. In order for people to schedule you as a speaker for their even, they have to know you even offer such services. It is important to let the world know you are available for international speaking engagements. You can do this by adding information on your website, as well as by working with a public relations expert (PR), who can help get the word out for you.
Cultivate relationships. Even if you meet someone and they have no speaking engagements in mind at the moment, you will still have a better chance later on of being booked for one if you build a relationship with the person. Keep in touch with those people so that, when the time comes that they need a speaker, they will think of you.
“Another thing that people have to have, in order to become an international recognized speaker, is patience,” added Dr. Kondrot. “An opportunity like this doesn’t usually happen overnight for most people. You have to work your way up to that point, establishing expertise and credibility every step along the way.”