I have being looking at and researching the most effective paths to creating to effectively manufacturing a career . Around effective speaking and consulting careers , i have noticed a pattern :
Write a book or create a body of work in your area of strength (a blog, opinion pieces, research material etc.) .No seriously have a body of work!
Build a central theme around your body of work and create a couple of talks around it.
Apply to speak at a relevant TED, or Tedx talk (remember not all Tedx events are created equal), I suggest you do a few of these. (The 20 most-watched TEDx talks so far) , 1 in the list I also recommend is Tedx Euston – it brings together an amazing set of speakers. I recommend TED or a Tedx talk , because of the share number of people that watch these talks online
Also be deliberate about sharing and creating virality around the talk, folks we are looking shooting 1m views (The 3 part formula to a viral TED Talk)
Capitalize on the virality to reach out to organizations that might need you to speak on and consult. I recommend make a list of 100 companies you would like to work and with, create portfolio and reach out.
First Note : it looks easy but it is not!
Note : I do have global speaking career , I have spoken at 2 Tedx events , I do innovation consulting for a number of companies , however the formulae here is from watching and researching others . My speaking career was more of an accident than I would like to admit. Do Try it out let me know!!