Chapter 11

The Journey to Speaking: From There to Here


  • Trade associations beneficial to speakers and trainers
  • In-the-trenches advice from speakers who didn’t start out as speakers


Everyone follows a path in life that is just a little different from the one the guy next to them is traveling; speakers are no different. We come from all walks of life, all different points of origin, too. On your own personal yellow brick road to becoming a professional speaker or trainer, you must have come from somewhere, be it chasing tornados in Kansas or teaching tourists how to surf in Waikiki. I’ve asked several speaker friends to share ...

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