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Unaccustomed as I am: How to make it in public speaking

Celebrities speaking gigs are nothing new – many Victorian-era writers embarked on these events. But you don’t necessarily need to be famous to become part of the speaking circuit. The Business Post asked some experts for tips on the techniques and skills needed to be an effective public speaker

Bono’s tour will take in theatres including London’s Palladium and the 3Olympia in Dublin. But speakers can be hired for all kinds of venues and all kinds of organisations. Picture: Bloomberg

These days, it’s become virtually the norm for celebrities and public figures to try their hand at sideline gigs.

George Clooney makes tequila. Gwyneth brought us Goop. Brad Pitt is exhibiting sculptures at a gallery in northern Finland. And as for one of Ireland’s most famous sons, U2 frontman Bono? He’s set to embark on a 14-date speaking tour to launch his memoir Surrender next month.

While the ubiquity of the side hustle may be ...