Do you enjoy speaking but feel like a fraud if you call yourself a speaker because you only do it part time? Whether you’re speaking three times a year or three times a week, there’s no
reason to feel that way. Part time or full time, a speaker is a speaker.
When I first joined NSA, I was just dipping my toe into professional speaking. In my corporate job, I did speaking events and training frequently, but I was just beginning to consider that someone
would actually pay me outside of 9-to- 5 to do it. The more I attended
chapter workshops and became part of the NSA family, the more I
felt torn. I loved my day job, but I also loved being a speaker.
Before I knew it, I felt like a professional speaker imposter. I just
didn’t feel like the others in the room who were full-time professional speakers.
I had a hard time answering the question, “What do you do?” It
took me a while to get comfortable saying it around other speakers,
but now I easily answer, “I am a part-time professional speaker and
a facilities executive at a local hospital.”
WHY ‘WORKING’ WORKS
Consider these top five reasons to keep your day job and be a part-time professional speaker:
1. Your day job provides steady income and benefits, including
insurance and retirement. If you’re risk averse, this is a great option
for you. As your speaking business grows, you can always make the
leap to full time in the future.
Full time or part time,
you are in the speaking club