Does anyone here do public speaking as part of their role? Not in terms of teaching so much as being an informed speaker or panellist on their professional area. I’m trying to think of ways to get into it more myself – I’ve been the editor of a professional journal for five years now and I think I know the subject area fairly well. I’m no expert, but could certainly talk in an informed way about a number of big-picture topics for a presentation or panel and I think coming from my organisation I would have enough profile to be suitable for it. I also want to do it because I think I’d be good at it – I genuinely don’t have any fear of public speaking like a lot of people do – and I have accrued a decent volume of knowledge to share and a lot of people who could help me prepare material. Also I’m in an area that lacks female speakers, though I would feel a bit cheaty as I’m a journalist rather than a professional working in it. I have found an organisation that basically acts as a hub for female speakers in my field, so I think I might apply to them to see if they would consider me. I also need to find out if my organisation has a contact person for speakers from the organisation, and would they consider putting me out there. I expect if I do get approached and it’s not via my organisation I should probably be clearing it with someone in our PR/external affairs dept, as they may well have policies about representing the org that I don’t know about. Is there anything else I should be considering about this?