It's become more then obvious, that if I want to conduct seminars on living with chronic pain/invisible illnesses, that I'm going to have to take the initiative to get things rolling for me. Paid public speaking is a hard thing to break into until you have really made a name for yourself. Opportunities are not going to just fall into my lap. If I want this, then I need to make it happen.
As much as I didn't want to, I've opened a Go Fund Me account. I'll be seeking donations, with the overall goal of collecting $5,000. I need this money, to have the funds to rent a couple hotel conference rooms and pay for advertising, to get my first few seminars under way. I'm also going to have to purchase a video camera so that my first few seminars can be recorded, then I can upload clips of it to YouTube, so that potential clients will see what I have to offer. I've been approached by two different people so far, asking if I have any clips uploaded to YouTube. No clips, meant no work for me.
I'm confident that if I can book a few seminars on my own, that word will spread about me and I'll be able to make a career out of paid public speaking. I want to educate, advocate, and motivate. Not only individuals who suffer from chronic pain and/or invisible illnesses, but also doctors, nurses, politicians, pharmaceutical companies, the general population. Nothing will ever change in the world concerning chronic pain conditions, unless people know about them, and understand them. My hope is that someday soon, enough people will be aware of the facts of these conditions, that more research will be conducted and a cure, or at the very least, a concrete treatment plan will be found. Right now there's too many myths about these conditions circulating that need to be dispelled.
If you know of any company, corporation, or organization that would believe in me and what I'm trying to do, please point them to me and/or my donation page. I absolutely hate asking for help, but I'm left with no choice but to swallow my pride and ask for donations. This is too important to me to not make it happen just because I don't have the money to do so on my own. You can find my donation page HERE. Please help me spread the word. Help me to get my voice heard. Thank you all in advance!