A few weeks ago I visited NYC for a 2 day leadership speaking conference. It was the first time I had been to a speaking conference, which normally is not my thing, but much like anything else the only real way to learn if you like something is to try it.
There were some good things about the event, and also some bad things.
Let’s start with the good.
Hands down the best thing about attending the leadership speaker event was meeting the students. To have a group of students spend all day in hotel conference rooms was pretty impressive. They were all excited to be there even though they could have snuck out to enjoy one of the best cities in the world!
On top of that, they were all tuned in during the presentation I gave. A lot of them did not know what to expect during the presentation, but I always appreciate when a college audience really pays attention. There were even a few who signed up to be Student Ambassadors on the spot (slight plug).
The only bad thing about the event was the “sales” aspect of it. At this point in my speaking career, I enjoy meeting both students and administrators, but I don’t want to influence an administrator to book me at their school. Bottom line, if someone wants to book me at their school, all they need to do is see me speak. I don’t say that from a cocky standpoint, but more-so from a standpoint of what you see is what you get.
Personally, I’d rather work off of a referral/word of mouth basis for this business, then going the whole “sales/conference” route. There is nothing wrong with going that route, I think it is widely successful for some speakers, but it’s just not for me.
For me, the aspect I enjoy most of speaking is this:
Walking away from a speaking event knowing that at least one person like Nain was helped, or I might have altered their path/career/education decisions is one of the biggest reasons why I enjoy speaking.
If you’d like to book me for your speaking event, you can find out more here!