Since public speaking is so popular these days, it is not uncommon to also see it as an elective in many college degrees. However, college degree or not, until you actually partake in the art of public speaking it is difficult to know what it entails.
Public speaking comes with various ups and downs. Knowing some of these benefits and pitfalls as you go along is a great addition to your public speaking experiences.
While many public forums are free events, there are just as many that are paid events. Both have benefits to them.
The Benefits of Paid Public Speaking Events
While it may seem obvious to most that public speaking offers the attendee the benefit of receiving what they came to hear, many individuals do not realize this important fact. One of the biggest benefits of a paid public speaking event is the high expectancy that attendees have before they even enter.
Individuals fully expect to get their money’s worth and are willing enough to put their hard-earned money down on the table to come and hear what a public speaker has to say. With that type of confidence coming into the arena, it is a tremendous benefit to the public speaker. The speaker knows full-well that everyone there had enough confidence to put their money down and attend, knowing that they would get what they paid for and more.
This gives the speaker a heightened sense of worth. It has often been said that you earn your keep. When a public speaker gives something away entirely for free, the value of that speech seems to diminish. Individuals may think that if it is free, it is not worthy.
Another benefit of paid public speaking events is the ability to use the term “sold out.” When a forum that requires individuals to pay is at full capacity, the speaker gets the added bonus of saying that their presentation was “sold-out.” This will reap monumental rewards in future advertising.
The Benefits of Free Public Speaking Events
There are many benefits to offering free public speaking events. One of those benefits is that a speaker will have the opportunity to set up in a public forum such as a high school or library and begin to get his or her name out there.
Another benefit is the ability to obtain permits to host public events in town parks during the nicer weather. If you combine a free public speaking event with lovely settings and prime outdoor weather, you are more than likely to draw a crowd.
By offering your public speaking forums for free when you first set out, you gain the invaluable opportunity of speaking to people that you may not have otherwise reached. Free sessions bring people to your message and will more than likely turn into future customers.