How do you get speaking engagements?

by Kathy

Kathy speaking to students

Q: I do presentations about the Cherokee Indians, as well as story-telling. I have different talks appropriate for first graders through adults. I have spoken at libraries, historical societies, and schools, but I would like to speak more often. (Currently I do one talk about every two months.) I usually receive compensation for my talks.

Any suggestions? I already pass out flyers to schools, libraries, etc. Thank you.

A: Great question Kathy! The difficulty of getting engagements is, unfortunately, a common one. Since your topic is specialized, you are taking the correct line of approaching schools and libraries. Try phone calls or personal visits as well as the fliers. Does your community have a public site to post notices? The most important thing is getting your name out there. Most elementary schools do units on Native Americans, so contact the district at the beginning of the year to let them know your qualifications. If possible, set up a web site describing your information, and take part in any local festivals or fairs. Be public and be seen. Good luck with your endeavors!

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