In today's episode, I'm talking all about how to identify your niche in the speaking industry. And I really want to do this episode because I am seeing so many clients at the moment—people who've gone through my Paid to Speak course, people who are in my PR club, people who are looking for one-on-one sessions with me. One of the biggest challenges most people are having at the moment is they have many hats and they've got many talents, many skill sets—me included. And the problem is, you try and market to so many people. And when you try and market to so many people, you market to none, I say this all the time. And so, the more niche you can be, the better. You're going to be able to target your ideal customer, you're going to be able to really tailor your pitch to your ideal audience member, your ideal client. And I think it's really important for you to not only understand the importance of a niche but to do some self-assessing to work out what you want to be known for, what you are really good at, and then really just go laser-focused on that. You see, the speaking industry is a crowded marketplace. It's filled with voices from various backgrounds, expertise, and subject matters. And so, the plethora of topics and speakers makes it crucial for you to identify and really carve out your own niche. A well-defined niche not only sets you apart but also makes it easier for you to target your audience and establish yourself as an authority. So, in this episode, it's a short episode today as it has been lately. I just want to delve into how you can find your unique niche in the speaking world. Before we go there, let's talk about the importance of a niche first. In a sea of voices, your niche is your unique identifier. It's the specific subject matter, audience that you target, which really sets you apart from other speakers. While generalists can speak on a range of topics, they often fail to make a significant impact because they just spread themselves too thin. A niche, on the other hand, allows you to focus your energy, tailor your message, and build a strong brand identity. So let's do some self-assessing now. So, it's about knowing your strengths and interests. And I think this is the first step and probably the most important step in being able to find your niche. So, ask yourself questions like: What am I passionate about? What subjects, what topics, what areas am I passionate about? And what topics do I have a key, deep knowledge of, and where do my strengths lie? So when you ask yourself these questions, it'll really help guide you towards topics that you can speak on authentically and passionately. Remember, authenticity is key in establishing a strong connection with your audience. Then, you're going to research the market. So, once you've identified potential areas based on your interests and strengths, the next step is to research the market. So, look for gaps and untapped opportunities in the speaking industry related to your area of interest. Market research will also help you understand your competitors and potentially identify an angle that sets you apart. So, validate through smaller engagements. Before diving headfirst into your chosen niche, I think it's a good idea to test the waters first. So, what I mean by that is, start with some smaller speaking engagements, such as webinars, podcasts, or guest lectures. These smaller platforms provide an opportunity to fine-tune your message, gather audience feedback, and make any necessary adjustments before hitting larger stages. Then you want to align with industry needs. So, the best niches align with a specific need or a problem in the industry. So, does your topic help solve a common problem? Does it fill a gap in the market? The more closely your niche aligns with the needs of your target audience, the easier it's going to be to gain traction and establish yourself as an authority. Create high-quality content. So, once you've identified and validated your niche, focus on creating high-quality content around it. So, whether it's keynote speeches, workshops, or online courses, the quality of your content will play a significant role in building your reputation. High-quality, well-researched content not only establishes you as an expert but also helps in gaining the trust of your audience. Consistency is key. In the ever-evolving speaking industry, it's essential to stay consistent. This doesn't mean that you can't evolve or pivot. It just means that your core message and the quality of your delivery should remain steady. Consistency helps build a loyal audience and solidifies your place in your chosen niche. Now finally, let's talk about networking and partnerships, as we did talk about these in last week's episode, but don't underestimate the power of networking. So, attend industry events, connect with other speakers, and just consider forming strategic partnerships. Because these connections can provide valuable insights, they can expand your reach, and sometimes even lead to collaborative opportunities that strengthen your position in your niche. Finding your niche in the speaking industry is a dynamic, multi-step process. It requires self-assessment and market research, validation, and a commitment to creating high-quality and consistent content. However, the rewards are well worth the effort because a well-defined niche makes it easier to target your marketing, creates more opportunities for engagements, and more importantly, allows you to make a more meaningful impact on your audience. So, invest the time to find your unique niche, and then watch as the doors that you never even knew existed begin to open.