One essential tool you'll need for booking speaking engagements is a video demo. Clients, event planners, and speakers bureaus all want to see you in action. They want to see you on stage sharing your message. They want to get a sense of your personality, and they want to see how the audience reacts to your presentation, but how do you book a gig so you can record your presentation, when nobody will book you without a video demo? It's a Catch 22, so I'll share with you a couple of ideas that will enable to you to go out and record your first video demo.
The first thing you can do is contact all your local Rotary clubs. These are unpaid engagements, but you will be allowed to speak for 20 to 30 minutes in front of a very appreciative audience. You can either hire a videographer or bring a friend along to video record your presentation. Just make sure you're using a high quality camera. You can use that video as your source to create your video demo.
The second thing you can do is rent a banquet room in a hotel. Invite al your friends, family, colleagues, and business associates to attend the presentation. You will be in front of a very supportive audience who will want to see you succeed. In this type of situation, you can do a multi-camera shoot, and then use this video footage as the source for your demo video.
If you can afford to have your demo professionally shot and edited,by all means do it, but your demo doesn't have to be slickly produced. It just needs to show you in front of your ideal audience sharing your message. If your target market is the corporate market, then you should have people in your audience dressed in corporate attire. If you're targeting the college market, then your audience should consist of young adult.
If you think creatively, you'll find a way to record and edit your video demo, which you can then use to book paid speaking engagements. It's easy to make excuses as to why you can't do it, but there will always be people who may be less talented than you who will find a way to get it done.
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Until next time, go out, share your message, and make a difference in the world.