Do These 5 Things if You Want to Become a Public Speaker

Public speaking can do wonders for one's career in terms of positioning as a thought leader within your industry and having exposure to countless executives in the audience which is advantageous for anyone that's looking to grow a business or advance in their career.

However, the journey to becoming a public speaker isn't one that comes overnight. Like anything else, it requires years of hard work, mastery of a topic, and a lot of patience.

Sure, it's easy to watch well-known speakers like Gary Vaynerchuk or Tony Robbins take a stage and think to yourself "Oh, I can do that!" But the reality is that these individuals have invested years in speaking on those stages.

Having spoken at over 30 industry events and conferences such as SXSW and Social Media Marketing World in the past two years, I am often asked by aspiring speakers in my social network how to get speaking engagements.

Below is a breakdown of what it takes to become a public speaker in 2017:

1. Able to...

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