As professionals, we need to stay sharp and abreast of changes in our industries. And sometimes, we just need inspiration to think creatively, boost our attitudes and network with the best in our fields. That's what the National Speakers Assocation annual convention does for me.
I'll be at the event the next few days, soaking it all in. If you have ever thought about being a professional speaker, plan to attend next year. And go ahead and get involved in your local chapter--it will really cut your learning curve. People speak to publicize their other business interests, to train, to motivate, to sell. But if you want to make a living at speaking, you've got to know that there's a lot more than just getting up and talking.