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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.
Hi Lisa. I find that by volunteering to speak before civic groups, school groups, business networking groups, PTA’s, volunteer organizations, and perhaps some local companies, I have no shortage of places to speak and get my name out there in the industry. You may also consider presenting a didactic class at a local community college. Just a few ideas that have worked for me.
Shannon Fable suggests seeking fitness products or existing services that peak your interest and offer to become a master trainer for them. These companies often need people to teach others their methods and speak on their behalf.
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.
Having recently graduated and enrolled in college… again… I can say that universities are always looking for volunteer guest speakers. In my experience, most universities have taken BIG steps in promoting wellness on campus.
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.