In the Middle ages the system of apprenticeships was developed as an inexpensive form of employment in exchange for food, lodging, and formal training. Most apprentices began at ten to fifteen years old, and would live in the master craftsman’s home.
Most apprentices were males, but some females were apprentices in the fields of seamstress, tailor, cordwainer (shoemaker), baker, and stationer (making stationery). The modern idea of internship is similar to apprenticeship, as well as internet coaching. Beginners in any field learn best from those who have forged ahead of them, and who have experienced great success.
One of my favorite speakers/writers who inspires me is Sheila Wray Gregoire, author of Honey, I Don’t Have A Headache Tonight and author of the blog To Love, Honor, and Vacuum. Sheila is a devout Christian, is loving, truthful, wise, and is extremely funny. She gives you practical, straight-forward, non-fluff help. Sheila has a wealth of various resources for speakers and writers at her website, including VERY reasonably priced training resources for beginners.
Recently Sheila published my article at her website as a guest post, Gaining Confidence To Speak. Here it is to encourage you in your speaking business. Be sure to check out Sheila’s resources while you are there. Enjoy! http://christianwomensspeaker.wordpress.com/2010/04/04/gaining-confidence-to-speak