Speak up community

Some colleagues and I are exploring the possibility of setting up a mutual support community for up and coming speakers. This would include new speakers as well as experienced folks who are seeking to “move up” in the world of professional speaking where we can share what we’re discovering. I’m grateful for the mentoring that comes from more experienced speakers, many of whom are very willing to provide guidance. But there are some things that we all have to work out on our own, and we think mutual support might help that.

In a sense, speakers are competitors, but much more true is the fact that each speaker is so unique that no one really competes with anyone else. When we share what we’re learning, it’s like the rise of the tide: everyone’s boat floats higher.

You may want to become a full-time speaker, or you may already be speaking full time and want to improve your skills or build your business. You may want to speak part time, or to support some other activity. There are all kinds of situations that could describe that of the “up and coming speaker.”

So we have put together a survey that will help us see how much interest there might be, and if there is sufficient interest, how we should go about setting it up. If you have any interest in this community, would you please take the survey? While it asks for an email address so we can get back in touch, we promise to respect your privacy and not abuse the address you share.

Please take the survey at http://kwiksurveys.com?s=LOENHK_1c9bf1fc

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Author: Donn King

Donn King works with people who want to forge top-notch speaking skills to increase their influence and impact so they can advance their career or business. He is associate professor of communication studies at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee, as well as a speaker and writer. His background includes ministry, newspaper, radio, small magazines and other publications, as well as co-authoring a textbook and blogging.