There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. I currently have multiple ideal audiences.
As a Toastmasters member for over 26 years, my fellow Toastmasters are an ideal audience for me in that they provide me an audience to practice with as well as provide constructive feedback on my presentation skills.
A while back, I was a member of an advanced Toastmasters club where we focused on advanced public speaking skills. I received feedback on my content and the delivery of my presentation.
As an Indie author of a dozen or so self-help books and online e- courses, my ideal audience is specific to each of those publication’ s topics.
I also speak publicly on occasion on topics of general interest that aren’t related to my books. These are standalone presentations, so my ideal audience would be those interested in that particular subject.
While I have spoken for food over the years, I want to transition from free to fee. So, I have yet to discover my ideal audience and my expectations are they will pay me for my wisdom and sage advice.
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Rae A. Stonehouse is an author, speaker, and self-publishing consultant dedicated to helping others embrace constant improvement and overcome challenges. With over 40 years of experience as a Registered Nurse in psychiatry and mental health, Rae brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for self-development to his writing and presentations.
As a 25+ year member of Toastmasters International, Rae has systematically built his communication abilities and self-confidence to share his insights as an author and speaker. His self-help books and personal development presentations aim to have conversational one-on-one connections with readers and audiences.
Rae is known for his wry sense of humor and sage advice delivered in a relatable coaching style. After four decades as a nurse, Rae has rewired rather than retired, actively writing and pursuing public speaking. He strives to share lessons learned to help others achieve personal and professional growth.