Veteran Speakers

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Veteran speakers of the public circuit have a few distinct advantages over rookies. Chief among these is the experience of years or even decades of public speaking, an invaluable resource when sizing up audiences, tweaking material, and honing performance. An experienced speaker may know that overly humorous material or straight-laced content doesn't tend to go over well with a particular type of audience. Or he or she may know that certain times of the day are more ideal than others for delivering the kind of speech he or she wants to make.

Another advantage that veteran speakers enjoy is adaptability. Over the course of hundreds or even thousands of speeches, chances are a veteran speaker has seen and heard it all--booing, jeers, unimaginable questions, sweltering hot or freezing cold banquet halls, you name it. Consequently, they're less likely to be thrown off by unexpected changes than are their younger, more inexperienced counterparts.

More Perks Enjoyed by Veteran Speakers

To some veteran speakers, the number one bonus of experience is higher pay. Those who have earned their stripes toiling in obscurity on the public speaking circuit feel justified in asking for big paydays from their event organizers. Delivering a thousand or more speeches over the course of a career certainly entitles these performers to great compensation, just as years of business consulting, interior design, or clinical medical practice would.

Best of all, perhaps, veteran speakers have learned how to touch their audiences, for if they haven't, they've almost certainly been weeded out from among the competition. There can be tremendous satisfaction in "getting" through to an audience and leaving its members with some nugget of wisdom or some skill they never previously had. Taken together, these benefits of public speaking are enough to lure in fresh waves of hopefuls each year.

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