Hey there, Johnathan! First off…glad to have you, here, man! Welcome to CONNECT!
Secondly, with regard to your question, I can offer you some humble suggestions from my experience and what I’ve had the opportunity and privilege to observe in others.
Just a little background on myself, first, to build context. So, I’m one of a small group of moderators here on CONNECT. However, that’s been a fairly recent, endeavor. I’ve been serving as a youth minister at my fellowship in Brooklyn, NY where I teach, preach and have the privilege of leading young men and women for the last few years – ever since I completed my coursework studies at Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics in 2015. That, along with working as a professional artist, has (I’ve been told) given me a unique perspective. NOTE: NOT a unique perspective or interpretation on Scripture. Scripture stays Scripture. Orthodoxy remains orthodoxy. Rather, the application (orthopraxy) of Scripture and insight that comes along with being a young, Black, Christian male living in Brooklyn, New York City, who’s also a professional actor and youth minister with an evangelistic/Gospel proclamation bent – trained in and often incorporating Christian apologetics. All of that preamble to say this: YOUR unique background – whatever it may be – along with your ability to mine the Scriptures for all their worth and effectively & efficiently communicate them to others, will factor in on actual opportunities to speak. The deciding factor will ultimately be God’s calling and election to speak in and to particular contexts. However, the whole of your experience factors in. We see this from speakers and teachers ranging from Ravi Zacharias and the late Nabeel Qureshi and Billy Graham to Matt Chandler, Da T.R.U.T.H. (Emmanuel Lambert) and RZIM speaker Tanya Walker. Their unique backgrounds along with their handle and integrity of Scripture, ability to communicate, teach and offer practical application with regard to Scripture AND, OF COURSE, the HOLY SPIRIT’S qualifying, equipping and filling provoke a desire to hear what they have to say.
However, I would humbly caution this: although being granted opportunity to speak and teach in front of one person, let alone many, is a profound honor…I would heavily caution to NOT make this your absolute goal. Be honest with yourself as to why you aspire to this opportunity. And while you’re self-examining, be diligent in aspiring to be a man of integrity and a deep thinker; a loving and compassionate neighbor; a humble and Holy Spirit-lead leader; a perpetual student and follower of Jesus that has and maintains a healthy grasp of Scripture. (2 Tim.2:15) The stakes are extremely high with regard to those who teach.
“Not many [of you] should become teachers [serving in an official teaching capacity], my brothers and sisters, for you know that we [who are teachers] will be judged by a higher standard [because we have assumed greater accountability and more condemnation if we teach incorrectly].” ~ James 3:1 AMP
Lastly, when you get that first opportunity or two to share out of the overflow of what you’ve been learning, it has been my experience, that that speaking opportunity begets other speaking opportunities. When people begin to trust what you say, how it applies to their life and times and in many cases, observe the consistency, credibility and connection between how you live and what you teach…then folks may be more inclined to invite you to speak.
Again, that has been my experience…of which, I believe, is consistent with my understanding of biblical truth. I began life as a, kind of, Moses…at least, in this sense: stuttered, shy, not extraordinarily smart, in my opinion, and definitely had no plans or aspirations, starting out, to speak about anything! But as I got older, got saved, walked with & learned of the Lord, found myself in situations and contexts where my Christocentric perspective was – believe it or not – needed, valued, sought after and inquired of…well…God did what He did and here I am.
I truly hope that helps a little bit, brother. I’m sure (and I hope) others might chime in with wisdom that they’ve amassed with regard to your question. Much love, man! Grace and peace!
PS - I probably should’ve included this somewhere at the top. How do you establish opportunities to speak in front of a crowd? HAVE SOMETHING SUBSTANTIVE TO SPEAK ABOUT. That should be either 1A, 1B or 1C! There’s nothing worse than someone with influence and a platform to speak to the masses…but have nothing of value, worth or substance to say. Fill the ‘bank’ with good stuff and trust that God will give you the opportunity to pour it into whomever He wills.