9) Take on Speaking Engagements
From writing and distributing content to target audiences, you can set yourself up for speaking engagements. Here’s a quick snippet about my good friend, who I just spoke to just a few weeks ago: Nikhil Goyal.
Lauded by the Washington Post as a future U.S. Secretary of Education, Nikhil Goyal is an activist and author of One Size Does Not Fit All of the forthcoming book Reclaiming Our Freedom to Learn. He is currently working on the City as the School experiment and a Student Bill of Rights. He has appeared as a commentator on MSNBC and FOX and has written for the New York Times, MSNBC, NPR, and Forbes. An international speaker, Goyal has spoken at Google, The Atlantic, Fast Company, NBC, MIT, Stanford University, Barnard College, SXSW,TEDxYouth and others. He lives in New York.
And guess what guys. He’s only 18 years old. That’s right, he just graduated from high school and skipping out on college altogether. For all of you out there, who think it’s too hard, or you can’t do it, or you can’t find the time. Goyal is a shining example that it is truly possible. Fed up with the education system, Goyal went off to begin his career in journalism, writing posts and articles about fellow students’ opinions on the draining environment that we call school. His posts continued to gain following, and as such he carved his words into a book – confirming his sphere of influence. Now he travels across the nation leading rallies with audiences of over 5,000 to 10,000 joining him to help spark change in the education sector.
His example can be learning lesson for many of us. If you’re working on a new technology, start writing posts or creating content that questions whether or not the status quo can support the needs of users. If you’re working on a green energy startup that utilizes new technologies, spark a discussion through content on whether or not it is viable.
If you are a thought leader, this is your opportunity and outlet to spark thought and gauge what the public thinks.
And through this, you can develop a platform for speaking engagements, which only help you improve your presentation skills.
Image credit: CC by Nan Palmero