Saturday, July 30, 2005
Bloggers: Speakers as well as writers
The obvious first step is for bloggers to add voiced audio posts to their blogs. Podcasting provides an important second step for bloggers' voices to be heard around the world.
Once the voice medium has been established, interviews on radio, television, and other blogging media will follow. It's becoming almost difficult for a blogger to actually remain silent!
Speakers are always in demand for many events. Bloggers are natural choices to give live presentations on their topics of experise. Who better to talk about your specialty than you, the blogger. After all, you write about all aspects of your subject matter on an almost daily basis. You know your topics as well as anyone.
As for speaking to business and non-profit organizations about blogging, you are already among the few real authorities in your own community. Think about it. In your own metropolitan area, you are likely one of only a literal handful of full time practicing bloggers. Who better to speak on the subject than you?
As a speaker, you will enhance your professional and business reputation in the community. You will interact with new and interesting people, who you otherwise would not be able to meet. The blogging, or any other topic you choose, would be your ticket into the door.
Contact local business and non-profit groups in your own community. You might become a noted speaker in your area of expertise. Offer to give a free presentation to the membership on your blogging topic; or even on blogging itself. Whatever you do, don't use the platform to give a blatant sales presentation. Provide information freely and generously to everyone in attendance.
This is no place for hucksterism, if you want to develop a solid reputation as a knowledgeable professional.
Let the business arrive later, as a result of your newfound reputation, as an expert in your field and industry.
I am always available to speak to groups on various business and blogging topics. So are many other noted bloggers. You should be available to speak on your favourite subjects as well.
Make yourself available as a speaker.
Start talking today.
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