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How does one get gigs on the "lecture circuit"?

Asked by submariner (4145 points ) December 9th, 2011

What is the “lecture circuit” and how does it work? How does one go about getting paid to give presentations to audiences outside of an academic setting? Does one have to be a best selling author or recognized expert in some field? Does one need an agent? Have you ever been paid to deliver a presentation, and if so, how did you get the job?

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SmashTheState's avatar

I’ve been paid honoraria for being on panel discussions or giving workshops on various topics in my field of expertise. I’m usually chosen for being the spokesperson for an organization involved in the field, and therefore being in the media spotlight. When someone is looking for a speaker, they’re probably going to start with a Google search, and if the corporate media comes to you when they need sound bites on a given topic, you’re going to be high up in the search results.

As for the “lecture circuit,” generally it requires that you be a monstrous egomaniac who believes everyone on Earth wants to hear you speak — and is prepared to pay for the privilege of doing so. And you need to find a group of people stupid and closeminded enough that they’ll pay you cash money to stand at a podium and confirm every idiotic, uninformed opinion they’ve ever had.

prioritymail's avatar

Great question. I wonder this myself. It seems like a catch 22 – the more people you know the more opportunity comes your way, but you get to know people by getting your name out through these very same opportunities. But where do you start?! I think you have to figure out a way to brand yourself so that when the media wants to write/do a story on topic X, the first person they think of for an interview is you.

Bellatrix's avatar

Attend conferences. Publish in your field. Get to know people and develop a professional reputation. If you have some specific expertise in a particular field, let academics who teach in that field of study know you are available. I have overseas academics contact me to tell me they will be in the country and inquire whether there were opportunities for a speaking gig. It really is about getting your name out there though in your field.

submariner's avatar

Thanks for your responses. I guess I better focus on writing the book first.

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