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  1. 1. A well-known shortcut to goal achievement is to enlist the hsomeone whos already been down a path similar to yours w you.
  2. 2. One of the problems I faced when endeavoring to become speaker was that I knew very little about the business side been receiving abundant help on the art of speaking from International, but that organization doesnt directly help peo career in speaking - it isnt designed for that purpose. AnSpeakers Association isnt an option for me yet, since Im notto join; the NSA is intended for people who are already speak Plus theres no NSA chapter in Las Vegas, so it would be of l anyway.
  3. 3. Ive already read some books on the subject and found usef but there are still gaping holes in my knowledge. This is thewhere finding a mentor can save tremendous time and effor someone who was already making a living speaking professbe willing to show me the ropes, especially someone who co coach me as I transitioned from free to fee. So earlier this yfind such a mentor, and I wanted it to be someone local so w to face.
  4. 4. In order for the mentoring relationship to work, I needed so knowledgeable, experienced, willing, and available. I also wcould help in some way, so I wasnt sucking like a vampire an in return. I wrote all of this down as part of my
  5. 5. It took a few months, but I eventually found such a perso professional speaker that I have tremendous respect for - Iv on multiple occasions. He speaks on topics that arent comp want to speak about, so theres no risk for him to help me. Aneeds a better web site, and he wants to get into blogging, so him and provide direct assistance in these are
  6. 6. After an email and a short phone call to discuss the idea, t together for about 2.5 hours last weekend. I came prepar questions about professional speaking, and I also brought a improvements for his web site, so these served as the agenfocused. We spent about half the time discussing each. That probably shaved months off my learning curve. I took copionext day I was able to piece the information together to wriplan to transition into the world of paid professional speakin amount of work to implement the plan, but at least I can s out, and I can envision that its likely to succe
  7. 7. We even discussed what kind of suit to wear when speaking it. Somehow working in the computer gaming industry for provide me with a wardrobe that easily adapts to profess
  8. 8. I was able to provide him with many ideas to improve his whelping to implement them in the weeks ahead, including get blogging. I cant even fathom how hed have been able to fi own, but for me this is little trouble because its eas
  9. 9. We get a lot of leverage by trading strength for strength, so I to seeing how much we can help each other in the we
  10. 10. As with any new venture, the devil is in the details. Jus development can appear deceptively simple from the ouin, professional speaking is also far more complicated as you contracts, pre-event questionnaires, travel arrangementssales, speakers bureaus, content customization, rehearsal, visvideo demos, pricing, and so on. Once youre all setup in busfade into the background, but to get to that point takes serio as you lay one brick at a time. Sometimes when I look bac business, Im amazed at all the little details Ive had to attend another.
  11. 11. To anyone else who finds themselves wanting to reach a goalto see the path clearly enough, I highly recommend finding a think its a good idea to simply ask someone out of the blu already know. First, try to build an informal relationship apotential mentors to see if they have a need you can help fill. respect the person and could get along well together. If e good, then propose a co-mentoring relationship. Ease into it to get together to discuss the idea, and see what co
  12. 12. Even if you cant offer much in return, many people are happfor the sheer joy of helping someone. But in such instances, I consideration for the mentor is whether youll actually applput it to good use. If its clear youre committed to your goal ato learn what to do so you can take action, youll probably su a mentor - the mentor will be able to see that youre serio expect that their contributions to your growth will produceapproach mentoring from a less mature standpoint, seeking fear because you dont trust your own judgment, youll pro resistance from potential mentors. They can tell that their i make a difference and that their advice will only fall o
  13. 13. While I think remote mentoring can work, I personally dontface to face interaction when it really matters. Phone covers you miss out on body language and facial expression. And e expressive enough. When I ask a question that isnt likely t yes/no answer, I want to see the other persons full physicalanguage conveys volumes, especially coming from someoneliving. Its been estimated that communication is 55% kinest and 7% content. Not everyone agrees with these figures, buwould agree that having all three channels available is bette two. Body language is especially good at revealing a per confidence in what theyre saying.
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