Within certain circles I have a nickname: “Ruth the Reluctant.”
I seemed to have earned this while trying to decide whether to accept an invitation to give a talk at a very large upcoming conference of psychotherapists.
Besides wealth and fame, there are many advantages to being on the speaker circuit – building your practice, positioning yourself as an expert, boosting sales for your book, among so many more.
And while many practitioners would jump at the chance to speak in a large venue, there are those of us (I know I can’t be the only one) who need to be persuaded.
For me, there are only two reasons why I would agree to speak and money and fame have nothing to do with it.
First, I’d speak if I thought that by doing so I could make a difference in the world. In fact, I’d do anything to stand up for a cause I believed in strongly.
And second, when asked to serve my profession, it turns out, I’d reluctantly say yes.
So I dithered, going back and forth on this decision, dragging my feet all the way.
I couldn’t help but think of the oft-quoted figure that more people are afraid of public speaking than of dying.
How about you?
I have a feeling that many of you could also overcome reservations about public speaking if given the right instructions and circumstances.
Well, you’d need to decide what those right circumstances are for you, but I do have some instructions that might help you on your way.
Bill O’Hanlon and I have created a course with “the reluctant public speaker” in mind, How to Become a Paid Public Speaker.
We lay out the secrets to becoming a successful speaker. And using a clear, step-by-step formula, you’ll learn how to tap into the benefits of the paid speaker circuit.
Interested? You can find more information here.
So, maybe you’re wondering what I decided . . . In the end, I overcame my reluctance and agreed to speak. It’s coming up in a few months, so I’ll let you know how it turns out!
Meanwhile though, take a look at how becoming a paid public speaker can make a difference in your career and practice.
And by the way, have you had moments of stage fright? How did you overcome them to get your professional message out there?
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