Is the stage calling your name? If you’ve been considering becoming an event speaker and pitching yourself for opportunities, today’s guest is going to set you on the path to success. Laylee Emadi is a business coach, who helps business owners become educators to better serve the creative industry. In today’s episode, she’s sharing what you should consider before you become a speaker, how to prepare yourself for pitching, and steps to take to pitch appropriately!
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Laylee is an educator with a heart for serving clients and fellow creatives, through her coaching work, as the host of the So, Here’s the Thing Podcast, and as founder of The Creative Educator Academy. She believes in serving the creative industry with heartfelt encouragement, honest advice, and a shared pursuit of the ever-elusive “balance.” Laylee is passionate about her goal to help you feel confident in your ability to make a difference, create impact, and to build a life doing what you love.
If you’ve entered the educational space of your creative industry, becoming a speaker can help grow your influence, build a larger audience, and even contribute to your finances. As you explore speaking opportunities, ask yourself why you’re exploring speaking and the opportunities.
Why is it that you’re wanting to become a speaker? Are you interested in speaking, growing your network, or getting paid? Depending on the industry you’re in and the type of speaking opportunities you’re pursuing, your expectations may shift.
In some industries, the payment is much smaller, while other industries pay really well. You can still pursue both paths, but know the reason you’re committing to each. For the speaking opportunities that don’t pay well, do they offer networking with an audience that matches your ideal customer? That benefit can sometimes do more for you than the payment from a gig that doesn’t have your ideal customer in front of you.
Now that you know why you want to start speaking, let’s walk through preparing to pitch yourself to event hosts.
When it comes time to actually pitch yourself, there are a few key tips to consider to maximize your chances of getting selected as a speaker.
Now to my favorite question here on the show, I asked Laylee, what are three actionable steps that someone could take today to move their business forward?
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