How did I speak in public to get my first Public Speaking assignment!

Speaking up in public brought me my first ‘Guest Speaker’ opportunity!

I was talking to a few of my friends over tea, discussing about how startup teams must evolve with time

When I was asked to answer, I talked about the 3 steps of hiring:-

1. Structuring:

— You hire people thinking they will play a particular role

2. Restructuring:

— The company’s culture is being defined

— Unsurety, lack of clarity, revenue pressure: resulting in tension between employees

— Maximum employees & Founders leave/ make wrong decisions

3. Milking:

— The company has now settled; its values & culture are defined

— Each team member knows their role & works towards it.

This system is cyclical.

Once we enter ‘Milking’, there may be new resources required to take the company to the next level & old employees may resist new hirings. Hence the company goes back to ‘Structuring’ phase.

Old employees may resist change since they feel entitled for just being there.Then, ‘Restructuring’ resumes!

Later that evening, one person came to me & told me that he really liked my detailed explanation. He asked me if I’d like to be a guest speaker at a seminar for business owners.

That’s how I landed my first public speaking opportunity: by sharing the things I knew, and doing it right!


Published by: Zeeshan Sajid Amin

Zeeshan Sajid Amin is a Senior Media Professional with proven record of driving better revenues, productivity & profitability for the various companies he worked with. His key expertise Include (& go beyond) : Revenue generation, Ideation, Content, Partnerships & OTT. He has participated in launching major sales campaigns for several leading regional media houses/television channels, including ARY Digital, B4U Aflam, B4U Plus, NEO Cricket, Zee Aflam and Zee Film Hindi, contributing in recent years to multi-million $ revenue generation. Follow him on Linkedin:

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