Extra: Resources for Aspiring Professional Speakers

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There are a lot of resources for aspiring professional speakers!  Here are a few of my favorites:

Favorite Professional Development
(mostly Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN area):
1. Toastmasters, a world wide organization dedicated to leadership and communication developmentPowerTalk Toastmasters, a monthly Toastmaster club specifically for Professional and Aspiring Professional Speakers.  I’m a member of this club and Humor Mill Toastmasters.

2. SpeakerBiz
Highly recommended.  I recently graduated from the SpeakerBiz Program
Testimonials Video (yep, I’m in it):

There is still room in the SpeakerBiz 3-day Boot Campin Plymouth, MN in a couple of weeks
3. ProSpeaker Alliance–I’m a member.  (meetings every 3 weeks in Plymouth, MN)
4. National Speakers Association, Minnesota Chapter IPSD program.  I attended both the apprentice and graduate programs (monthly meetings, Oct-May)

Favorite Web Resources:

1.  Craig Valentine’s Blog (he also has weekly 52SpeakingTips –audio with a pdf transcript.).  These focus on speaking skills.

2.  Darrin LaCroix’s 52GetPaidtoSpeakTips.  These tips focus on building a speaking business.

3. Six Minutes: Public Speaking and Presenting.  I can’t say enough about how helpful this resource is.  From tips to analysis to examples, it has it all!

Favorite Book

I’ve looked at several books and there is one that I keep coming back to:

Craig Valentine’sWorld Class Speaking: The Ultimate Guide to Presenting, Marketing and Profiting Like a Champion

What are some of your favorite resources?

2 thoughts on “Extra: Resources for Aspiring Professional Speakers

  1. I read an ad in my church buietlln in March of 2000. It was ad for an eight-week public speaking class sponsored by Toastmasters. I had never heard of Toastmasters but the ad promised that the course would help me improve my communication and listening skills. I knew that I needed the class because I was starting a business and my speaking skills were so poor that I could hardly even explain my business idea. I took the class which was a Toastmasters workshop called Speechcraft. I made great progress and met some wonderful people so I decided to join the Toastmaster organization. Before long I noticed that I was more comfortable leaving voice mail messages, something that I had previously avoided, and I found that the vision for my business was becoming clearer. I actually changed my business name after being in Toastmasters for a few months because I could finally see and explain my business idea to others. This year I am celebrating ten years in business and ten years in Toastmasters. Karen Sprinkle Fountain City Toastmasters Club

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