Speaking is a great way to make money (if they pay you, or you can sell your “stuff”), or to get new prospects and clients. It’s a great way to establish your brand and knowledge, and get more interest in you and your company.
Michael Port is a guy I’ve been following for years… he does a lot of training and one of his trainees shared his (her?) notes on being a better speaker: 26 Public Speaking Tips from an Actor & Professional Speaker. Having done hundreds of presentations and having been to National Speakers Association meetings (as an attendee and a speaker), I get what all of these notes mean. Even if you think you understand them, let me say, there is a lot of meaning in each one. These take time, preparation and forethought.
UPDATE: right after I posted this, I got an email from Michael with a link to 30 more tips.
I want to only comment on the first point:
The most important thing I’ve learned about the bio, and what Michael says in that point, is that YOU have to write your own bio. Don’t let the person who is going to introduce you write it. If you want it to be over the top powerful and impressive, and open the right way, trust no one but yourself to create that experience.