To become a speaker, trainer, consultant who speaks internationally
there are a variety of ways to accomplish that.
here is an article from Fredrik Harens from Singapore, international keynote speaker that may help you to develop global speaking opportunities.
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Here are some of my tips from the past 33 years of speaking internationally from teaching in a Summer Abroad program in 1982 in Italy to speaking at conferences on 6 continents and in over 50 countries of the 93 I have traveled to, through and within.
1st – develop your material and reputation in your town, state, country.
2nd – develop friendships with people in countries around the world
3rd – get published in newsletters, journals, magazines and books in other countries
4th – travel to other countries and spend time with your friends in those countries
5th – if asked to speak in other countries agree to, whether for full-fee, partial fee, expenses or free
6th – as many to all of my NSA mentors: Robert Henry, Nido Qubein, Terry Paulson, Naomi Rhode, Karp all taught me over the years SPEAK, SPEAK, SPEAK, SPEAK and you will be asked to SPEAK.
7th – speak at International Conferences held in your city, state, country and meet the speakers, trainers, consultants from other countries and develop friendships with them that you maintain thru mail, email, SKYPE, face to face.
8th – speak at organizations and ask your contacts if they have offices or chapters in other countries and ask for referrals and follow up on them.
9th – when you are traveling offer to speak at civic, social, Toastmasters and professional speaker groups (national, regional or local) (NSAA, NSNZ, APSS, PSA-France, GSF)
10th – send in proposals to speak at GSF meetings around the globe
11th – join and become active in the International Speakers PEG in NSA
12th – join and become active in GSF
13th – be active in professional associations in your field and markets
(Creative Problem Solving Institute, Creative Education Foundation, American Creativity Association, African Creativity Association, Creative Research Foundation, etc.)
14th – submit and present at annual or regional meetings of the professional organizations you belong to (NSA – National and Chapter, Toastmasters – Local, District, State, National, International)
15th – keep in touch regular thru email, SKYPE, newsletters, etc. with your growing list of international contacts, friends, clients
16th – ask for referrals from your growing list of international contacts, friends, clients
17th – do radio, tv, www interviews internationally
18th – do webinars and podcasts inviting your growing list of international contacts, friends, clients
19th – create a website that attracts international assns, organizations and corporations
20th – help international speaker, trainer, consultant friends find contacts and work in the US.
I will add to this list as additional techniques come back to memory.
21st – BREAK BREAD with other speakers, trainers, consultants, clients (before, during and after working with them). This has been the most valuable and meaningful way I have learned to work with people as I develop friendships with them.
22nd – when possible accept invitations to be a guest of speakers, trainers, consultants, clients (before, during and after working with them). This I have done in several US states and countries around the globe.
23rd – continually learn from mentors and fellow professionals
24th – continuous learning to reach higher and higher goals
25th – some speakers gain by associating with very famous professionals
26th – write globally – thanks to the internet, www, Facebook, Twitter and many others I have been doing this since 1990 and do nearly every day.
27th – research bureaus in the countries you want to work in
28th – seek out training marketing companies in the countries (AMA – USA, SIM – Singapore, Thomvell – Malaysia) and others.
29th – contact the USA Chambers of Commerce in the countries you want to work in.
30th – approach the newspapers, journals, newsletters in the countries to offer to submit articles related to your topic and how the content will benefit people in those countries.
TIPS FROM INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS, TRAINERS, CONSULTANTS who are friends of mine
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Visit his excellent blog where he shares much about his career and tips for
being an international keynote speaker.
As I tried to stress in my presentation for NSA-GA on July 11th…..
I can trace nearly every one of my 3800+ presentations from ( 1976 to 2015 ) back to specific people
I have met and gotten to know since 1976 when I gave my first presentation
in West Palm Beach for the Palm Beach Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
when I returned from my first extended international trip that lasted 110 days in 1977
PEOPLE PEOPLE PEOPLE PEOPLE……Meet, Get to Know, Help and then Ask for Help…
To learn more or to read specific examples go to
Where I have provided LINKS to several articles about these specific tips or techniques.
and two articles I wrote for THE SPEAKER magazine years ago. These will either download directly to your laptop or open immediately as Adobe Reader files.
Robert Alan Black, Ph.D., CSP, DLA
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