As President of Snap Synapse, I was recently asked for my Speaking Resume.
“Sure!” I replied, “I’ll send it your way tomorrow.” Only then did I get busy making one.
I did a couple quick searches for what other speakers are using, but little was revealed. I considered asking friends who are professional keynote speakers, but figured I didn’t have time to wait for them to get back to me.
I knew I wanted to scope something only for Learning & Development, and that I would not include any other speaking experiences. No one in this world will care about my experiences speaking about music or journalism or the internet or that 3rd place public speaking award I won in back in 8th grade.
So I went to my calendar and started listing out all my L&D speaking engagements since I started doing them two years ago.
Whoa! Turns out I had way more than I thought. Okay…
How to organize my experiences?
How to format it all?
Here is the result. What do you think?
After my very first L&D presentation at DevLearn 2015, I decided I would like to do more speaking. Mainly because I wasn’t happy with my performance, and I wanted to get better at it. People seemed to like what I did fine, but I felt like I was still in 3rd place back in 8th grade. So after a lot of practice and hard work in 2016, I got way better! Then in 2017, I started getting paid to speak.
Now in 2018, I feel that I’ve arrived as a speaker. That means I’ve messed up enough different ways that I don’t need to mess up any more. Not to say that I’m perfect, of course I can always improve (and I plan to!). But I know that I can carry the room where the organizers want them to go.
I also know that no matter what goes wrong, it’ll be fine.
Yes, all of the above and more have really happened to me. When everything breaks, I’m now exactly the guy you want to have on stage. I’ll make sure it works for the people regardless of how smooth everything else is running. I’ll even pitch in with my A/V, admin, entertainment, and people skills to ensure your entire event is running smoothly.
So now I’m at the point where I only say yes to speaking opportunities when there’s some kind of compensation or desired new experience for me. I don’t need the practice, I don’t need to promote my business, and I certainly don’t need “the visibility” for anything.
What I do need is to cover my expenses and offset the time I’ll spend away from my other billable work. That’s about it, really.
Please keep me in mind if you have a need for someone to speak to your audience about:
Or generally anything that is complex and needs to be made simple. Or is currently boring, and needs to be made fun! That’s what I do.