I am interested in more public speaking opportunities. Any suggestions?
I consider myself an expert in the areas of Health, Fitness, Nutrition/Weight Loss, Spiritual Teaching with regard to Body, Mind and Spirit. I am a group cyclist and traffic cycling safety instructor and an all around motivator, encourager and teacher. I am also skilled in social media marketing.
Utilize the suggestions IDEA Fitness Connect encourages so that you receive more hits to your sites.
If you should decide to go that route you can always use your skills in social media marketing to reach out to different associations and organizations who might have interest in you.
I wish you the best.
Further, you can offer your services as a health professional to local companies and video your work. Even volunteer your time for hospitals, or non-profit organizations with employees who would benefit from fitness know-how (all of them).
Once you have a short documented history, it's easier to sell your previous accomplishments to future projects.
May I suggest that you seek out Community Health Fairs and Expo for the current year. Either attend and then make contact with the coordinator and let him or her know that you are very interested in helping them make history and an impact on the community by contributing your professional knowledge to their panel of speakers. Secondly, seek out Ignite events in your area they will give you 5 minutes to present on your passion.
I think with a little research into the target audience and relevant issues, and if you were able to effectively sell yourself (which shouldn't be an issue), college and university campuses would be a great place to get the kind of experience you're looking for. Most times, different classes will actually require students to attend those events for class credit, so more often than not you're speaking to a full house.
Mac Dodds M.A., CSCS
Live Your Best Years Now
You have already got some great ideas here. Networking meetings/groups are another way for you to get some more public speaking opportunities. You can address a group of people coming from every level of life and business background. If you are into social media Facebook, IDEA and LinkedIn are also great avenues for you to talk about your business. It might not be in front of a live audience, but still you can be heard by a large number of people.