Becoming a Conference Speaker: How to go From Attendee to Breakout to Keynote, I'm approached often by those asking me for advice on how they can increase their speaking gigs or how they can make more money at it. Some even tell me they've been speaking for FREE for too long and want to get paid.
So when these inquisitive people approach me and ask me for some free tips, I usually ask them if they are a member of a local Toastmasters club, do they have a coach, or have they invested in some professional development courses. Unfortunately, the typical response is, "Oh, I've tried that already."
One woman when on and one about how awful the Toastmasters club was and the evaluators seemed to enjoy ripping her speeches apart. Barely able to contain my annoyance, I told here that there are other clubs in the area and has she tried out others. Here response was a vague YES, even though I could tell that it was most likely that she hadn't.
I"d like to wear a sandwich board sign that reads, "Don't ask me how until you have actually worked hard at trying options out first." It seems like people in general want a quick fix solution that they don't have to work hard to find, or they just want sympathy for how hard it is to develop and grow a speaking business.