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How to Make a Living at Public Speaking and Change Lives for the Good

08 Apr

Dear Belleruth,

I want to make a living at public speaking.  I am interested in the wholistic field and have a natural presence in front of an audience.   I feel that I could influence people in a positive manor.  I want to help change lives like you do.  What do you suggest?

Thanks,
Sherry

Dear Sherry,

I suggest that first off, you get involved in developing some in-depth expertise in something you care about – something that grabs and holds your attention, and inspires your learning curve.  

In other words, develop your content base, your know-how and your grounded experience with it. Test it, gain some confidence with it, and then, once you’ve mastered your body of information and you know how to apply it, then you can put your own unique spin on it, or voice to it, and go out and teach it.

That is, if you still want to. By then, you may be having so much satisfaction and fun doing what you do, that your wish to be a speaker may have fallen away altogether.

Don’t worry about the show biz aspects before you’ve mastered the substance.  And don’t do it just to be famous or influential.  Your work won’t get off the ground, or if it does, it will get diluted and perverted.  You need to be coming from a core of knowledge and some genuine interest in sharing the material and the mission. 

And of course, you need to be patient. This isn’t likely to happen overnight.  It’s more of an incremental build.

If I’m one of your examples, you should know that was a therapist for 33 years.  It’s my base, what I know best and what informs everything I do and the way I think about things. 

It’s what motivated me to learn about imagery, and that wound up taking on a life of its own. But it grew organically from the work I was engaged in.

And by the way, I loved being a therapist, and could have stayed one very happily. But at some point I felt I could reach and help more people by developing digital materials.

So get yourself a base that you love – that’s my advice!

Good luck.
All best,
Belleruth

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award