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Are You <i>Taking</i> & <i>Making</i> Speaking Opportunities?

TakeYou Should Be!  Here’s Why:

Speaking Opportunities are Business Opportunities. Speaking Opportunities are Career Opportunities. Speaking Opportunities are Leadership Opportunities.

People who Take and Make Speaking Opportunities:

  1. Grow their businesses.

  2. Advance their careers.

  3. Increase their leadership roles.

They do this because we perceive really good speakers as Experts.  Perception is reality, and we like to work with Experts, Correct?

We should be Taking and Making as many Speaking Opportunities as possible!

For Speaking Opportunities Contact:

  1. Chambers of Commerce

  2. Rotary Clubs

  3. Lions Clubs

  4. Specialty Clubs (Especially those focused on what you offer!)

  5. Networking Groups (Google that for your city.)

  6. You’ll find all kinds.  They will range from general networking to very specific areas of interest.

When you get those Speaking Opportunities:

  1. Use Eventbrite for registering. (If that’s something you’re able to do, or convince the host to do.)

  2. You publicize it.

  3. Have a calendar page on your website that shows where, when, and what topic you’ll be speaking on.

  4. If you are an author and have a book on, take advantage of their Author’s Central and place your Speaking Events in their Event Calendar.

  5. Put it on your Facebook Business Page.

  6. Post to your LinkedIn page.

  7. Have the group you’ll be speaking to publicize it on their website.

Before you Speak:

  1. Know your subject!

  2. Know it well – very well.

  3. Not knowing your subject will have negative effects.  People come to events to learn something and expect the presenter to be well versed on the subject they are speaking on.

  4. Be knowledgeable of the latest information on your subject by setting up Google Alerts.

  5. Know, and use, the proper structure of a presentation.

  6. Write your own Introduction, and review it with the person who will be presenting you.

  7. Practice – Practice -Practice!

  8. Have backup plans for everything that could go wrong.

  9. Bring a copy of your Introduction.

  10. If your use slides, have your presentation backed up on a flash drive.

  11. Back it up in PDF format, also, in case the “backup computer” doesn’t run the program or version of the program you used for your original presentation.

  12. Have a paper backup of your presentation for those times when the projector bulb burns out or the computer crashes.

When you Speak:

  1. Use all the verbal and nonverbal elements of a professional presentation.

  2. If you use slides in your presentation:

  3. Use high quality, universally understood images.

  4. You provide the text!

  5. Blank the screen periodically to take the audience’s attention from the screen to you, the presenter.

  6. Have, and implement, a plan for getting contact information for those in the audience who have an interest in your area of expertise and are prospects for your product and/or service.

  7. Example: I offer to email Free Elevator Speech and Speaker’s Speech Templates to anyone who gives me their business card.

After you Speak:

  1. Review with yourself, and others whose opinions you value, how you did.

  2. What did you do well?

  3. Where can you improve?

  4. Tweak your Introduction, slides and notes while fresh in your mind.

  5. Immediately followup up with anyone who asked you to contact them.

  6. Put the contact information of cards you collected into your database and use them in drip marketing campaigns.

Follow this suggestion of Taking & Making Speaking Opportunities and your next presentation will be – NO SWEAT!

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About the Author Fred E. Miller is a speaker, a coach, and author of the book, “No Sweat Public Speaking!” Businesses and individuals hire him because they want to improve their Public Speaking and Presentation Skills. They do this because we perceive really great speakers to be Experts. Perception is reality and we rather deal with Experts.

They also know: Speaking Opportunities are Business Opportunities. Speaking Opportunities are Career Opportunities. Speaking Opportunities are Leadership Opportunities.

He shows them how to: Develop, Practice, and Deliver ‘Knock Your Socks Off Presentations!’ with – NO SWEAT!

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