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<i>Speaking</i> Opportunities are<br> <i>Business</i> and <i>Career</i> Opportunities!

Speaking Opportunities are Business and Career Opportunities.

“We need a volunteer to speak. . .

at the next Annual Meeting, MeetUp, Chamber Event, Club Meeting, Sales Seminar, etc.”

Do you jump at the opportunity, or do you pass? Is it Yes or Yikes!

If you don’t grab the occasion to speak, why not?

If you don’t take the opportunity, you’ve missed an opportunity.

The indisputable fact is: Speaking Opportunities are Business and Career Opportunities.

We perceive really good speakers as being Experts.  Perception is reality, and people like to work with Experts. I do and bet you do, also.

The folks who take and make these opportunities increase the perception they are Experts and grow their businesses and career opportunitie

Companies want to work with Experts, have Experts working for them and representing them.  Having others believe a firm is filled with Experts will grow their business.  They’ll attract more clients and are able to charge more for their products and services.

The individual who is seen as an Expert increases their chances for promotions and increased responsibilities.

The above scenarios makes sense, but there’s an important caveat attached to that speaking opportunity: The presentation delivered needs to be a good one! It’s best if it is a very good one, but it doesn’t have to be perfect.

Here are some rules that should be followed.

The Purpose

The goal of all communication; verbal, written or visual is the same.  We want the recipients, as quickly as possible, to GET IT! They don’t have to agree with everything presented, but they do have to understand the message.  If not, there cannot be a discussion going forward.

So the Purpose Goal is achieved, the Presentation must do Three Things

  1. Educate

  2. The audience should leave your talk knowing more about the subject than when they arrive.

  3. Entertain

  4. We like to be entertained.  When we’re being entertained we pay closer attention.  Paying closer attention increases the odds the audience will GET IT!

  5. Explain

  6. It’s imperative to explain your message in a manner that people understand easily without wondering, “What does that mean?”

Keep in Mind, People have Three Learning Styles

  1. Visual

  2. They learn by Seeing.

  3. Auditory

  4. They learn by Hearing.

  5. Kinesthetic

  6. They learn by Doing.

Were are usually a combination of these, with one being dominant.  To help your audience GET IT! address as many of these as possible.  Example: Slides, with graphics that reinforce the message you are Speaking, increase the odds they’ll GET IT!

Your talk should contain all the components, parts and elements of a complete presentation.

  1. Introduction

  2. Write you own!  The Introduction is not your bio.

  3. The Introduction should answer three questions.

  4. Why this subject?

  5. Why this speaker?

  6. Why now?

  7. Opening

  8. Grab the attention of the audience with a Strong Opening

  9. Tell them what you’re going to tell them.

  10. Tell them if, and how, questions will be handled.

  11. The Q&A should not be after your Closing.  (That’s why they call it the Closing!)

  12. Body

  13. Make three – five points and give a story, preferably a personal one, to support each point

  14. Closing

  15. Tell the audience what you told them

  16. Have a Strong Closing.

  17. The last thing you’ll say, will be the first thing they will remember.

When delivering your material, be certain all the nonverbal and verbal messages sent to the audience are in sync with your the content of your talk.

Follow the above suggestions.  You’ll find yourself perceived as an Expert and reaping the rewards!


Three ways to keep the attention of your audience.

About the Author Fred E. Miller is a speaker, an international coach, and the author of the books, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” and “NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”

Businesses, Individuals, and Organizations hire him because they want to improve their Networking, Public Speaking, and Presentation Skills.

They do this because they know: Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.

They also know: We perceive really great speakers to be Experts. We like to work with Experts.

He shows them how to: Develop, Practice, and Deliver Fantastic Presentations! with – NO SWEAT!



  1. Lessening The Fear of Public Speaking with – NO SWEAT!

  2. Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.

  3. We are All Self-Employed!

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