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Working As A Speaker

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $76,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Speaker Do

Public relations specialists create and maintain a favorable public image for the organization they represent. They design media releases to shape public perception of their organization and to increase awareness of its work and goals. 

Duties

Public relations specialists typically do the following:

  • Write press releases and prepare information for the media
  • Respond to information requests from the media
  • Help clients communicate effectively with the public
  • Help maintain their organization's corporate image and identity
  • Draft speeches and arrange interviews for an organization’s top executives
  • Evaluate advertising and promotion programs to determine whether they are compatible with their organization’s public relations efforts
  • Evaluate public opinion of clients through social media

Public relations specialists, also called communications specialists and media specialists, handle an organization’s communication with the public, including consumers, investors, reporters, and other media specialists. In government, public relations specialists may be called press secretaries. In this setting, workers keep the public informed about the activities of government officials and agencies.

Public relations specialists draft press releases and contact people in the media who might print or broadcast their material. Many radio or television special reports, newspaper stories, and magazine articles start at the desks of public relations specialists. For example, a press release might describe a public issue, such as health, energy, or the environment, and what an organization does concerning that issue.

Press releases are increasingly being sent through the Internet and social media, in addition to publication through traditional media outlets. Public relations specialists are often in charge of monitoring and responding to social media questions and concerns.

Public relations specialists are different from advertisers in that they get their stories covered by media instead of purchasing ad space in publications and on television.

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How To Become A Speaker

Public relations specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree. Employers prefer candidates who have studied public relations, journalism, communications, English, or business.

Education

Public relations specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree in public relations, journalism, communications, English, or business. Through such programs, students produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates their ability to prospective employers.

Training

Entry-level workers typically begin by maintaining files of material about an organization’s activities, skimming and retaining relevant media articles, and assembling information for speeches and pamphlets. After gaining experience, public relations specialists begin to write news releases, speeches, articles for publication, or carry out public relations programs.

Other Experience

Internships at public relations firms or in the public relations departments of other businesses can be helpful in getting a job as a public relations specialist.

Some employers prefer candidates that have experience communicating with others through a school newspaper or a leadership position in school or in their community.

Important Qualities

Interpersonal skills. Public relations specialists deal with the public and the media regularly; therefore, they must be open and friendly to maintain a favorable image for their organization.

Organizational skills. Public relations specialists are often in charge of managing several events at the same time, requiring superior organizational skills.

Problem-solving skills. Public relations specialists sometimes must explain how a company or client is handling sensitive issues. They must use good judgment in what they report and how they report it.

Speaking skills. Public relations specialists regularly speak on behalf of their organization. When doing so, they must be able to clearly explain the organization’s position.

Writing skills. Public relations specialists must be able to write well-organized and clear press releases and speeches. They must be able to grasp the key messages they want to get across and write them in a short, succinct way to get the attention of busy readers or listeners.

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Speaker Career Paths

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Teacher Consultant Owner
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Teacher Consultant Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Teacher Consultant General Manager
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
Instructor Team Leader Vice President
Executive Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Instructor Team Leader Director
Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Instructor Team Leader President
Board Of Directors Member
8 Yearsyrs
Presenter Adjunct Professor Project Manager
Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Presenter Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Presenter Adjunct Professor Owner
Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Tutor Editor Project Manager
Engagement Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Tutor Executive Assistant Marketing Manager
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Tutor Editor Marketing Manager
Director Of Marketing & Development
9 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Account Executive Owner
Owner And Founder
6 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Account Executive Program Manager
Associate Director
8 Yearsyrs
Substitute Teacher Account Executive Vice President, Business Development
President And Founder
5 Yearsyrs
Mentor Lead Teacher Director
Chief Of Staff
7 Yearsyrs
Mentor Lead Teacher Principal
Chief Marketing Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Executive Administrative Assistant Business Owner
Entrepreneur
5 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Senior Consultant Engagement Manager
Engagement Director
10 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Human Resources Generalist Recruitment Manager
Assistant Director Of Admissions
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Workshop Presenter 2.9 years
Youth Coordinator 2.2 years
Presenter 2.1 years
Speaker 2.0 years
Student Liaison 1.6 years
Peer Mentor 1.2 years
Top Careers Before Speaker
Internship 15.3%
Volunteer 12.5%
Teacher 6.4%
President 5.7%
Instructor 5.7%
Presenter 5.1%
Consultant 4.8%
Director 4.0%
Manager 3.2%
Cashier 3.2%
Assistant 3.0%
Mentor 2.9%
Top Careers After Speaker
Internship 12.5%
Volunteer 12.5%
President 6.7%
Consultant 6.6%
Instructor 6.4%
Presenter 5.3%
Teacher 5.2%
Tutor 3.2%
Director 3.0%
Server 2.8%
Cashier 2.8%

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Top Skills for A Speaker

  1. Topics
  2. Seminar
  3. Annual Conference
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Develop quantitative and qualitative assessments that measure competency and feedback of issues and topics presented.
  • Present seminars on Classroom Management, Student Motivation, Avoiding Teacher/Ministry Burn Out and Effective Teaching Practices
  • Travel annual conferences to assist with audio visual equipment for our speakers.
  • Demonstrated and developed public speaking abilities at multiple venues.
  • Authored and presented 60 minute presentation on wireless technologies and practical applications for use in healthcare delivery to conference attendees.

Speaker Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 3,286 Speaker resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Speaker Demographics

Gender

Female

48.0%

Male

38.2%

Unknown

13.8%
Ethnicity

White

60.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

9.3%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.2%

French

14.4%

Chinese

6.0%

German

4.8%

Mandarin

4.4%

Korean

2.8%

Japanese

2.8%

Italian

2.4%

Russian

2.0%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Portuguese

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%

Malay

1.2%

Hebrew

1.2%

Greek

1.2%

Tagalog

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Hindi

0.8%

Dutch

0.8%

Thai

0.8%
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Speaker Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.7%

New York University

7.7%

Pennsylvania State University

7.7%

University of Southern California

6.9%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

5.3%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.9%

Liberty University

4.9%

Texas A&M University

4.5%

Northern Illinois University

4.5%

University of South Florida

4.0%

Boston College

4.0%

Michigan State University

4.0%

Georgetown University

4.0%

Old Dominion University

4.0%

Walden University

4.0%

Florida State University

4.0%

Cornell University

4.0%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.0%

Ball State University

4.0%

Wayne State University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

15.4%

Communication

8.6%

Nursing

7.7%

Psychology

7.0%

Education

5.7%

English

5.3%

Political Science

5.3%

Marketing

5.1%

Social Work

4.8%

Theology

4.5%

Public Relations

3.4%

Law

3.4%

Finance

3.3%

Sociology

3.2%

Management

3.1%

Counseling Psychology

3.1%

Fine Arts

3.0%

School Counseling

2.8%

Computer Science

2.8%

Graphic Design

2.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.6%

Masters

28.0%

Other

15.2%

Doctorate

7.1%

Associate

4.0%

Certificate

3.3%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.2%
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