These guys helped me see that speaking was a real career possibility.
It was something I could actually do for a living – all on my own terms.
The NSA sponsors a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) credential for qualified NSA members.
Membership in the organization for a minimum of three years is required before applying for certification.
This realization led me to leave my job as a youth pastor, but it didn’t happen overnight.
Actually, it took me around two years to transition from having no gigs booked to having enough gigs to speak as my full-time career. During my busiest years, for example, I was speaking at around 70 different events.Many colleges and universities offer public speaking courses in their communications programs.These programs may include other relevant courses, such as mass media, journalism, and non-verbal communications.So, I went to Bible College and worked at a local church for a while.During that season of my life, I was doing a lot of speaking. I found I was decent at speaking – and that I really enjoyed it.Motivational speakers are presumed experts in their career fields.They make motivational and training presentations to organizations, including educational institutions and private agencies.As I began speaking more at church, I started to see my craft through the eyes of entrepreneurship.What if I could speak for a living and do it all on my own terms?Eventually, I met a few guys who were speaking full-time and started paying close attention.During college, I also worked for a guy who was a public speaker.