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“Speaking Opportunity!” What Will You. . .

Talk About?

One Consideration: WHERE did the “Speaking Opportunity” come from?

  1. If it’s job-related, the topic may be chosen by a manager or program director and the decision about what to talk about has already been made.

  2. If that’s the case, have a conversation with them and, together, list bullet points you agree should be covered.

  3. Was it solicited by you, the speaker?

  4. If so, there were probably more than one topic for the meeting planner to choose.

  5. Have “One Sheets” available.

  6. A “One Sheet” is a PDF you can email with bullet points of information about you and what you speak about. There can be a “Summary One Sheet” or one for each topic. All should contain the speaker’s contact information.

  7. Did the organizer contact the speaker after visiting their website or seeing them give a presentation?

Another Consideration: What’s your PASSION?

  1. Passion for a topic trumps everything!

  2. I’ve seen speakers deliver less than great presentations, but because their passion for the topic was extremely high, the audience loved them and GOT IT! i.e. they understood what the speaker wanted the audience to understand.

  3. Add knowledge and technique and you will own the audience!

To take advantage of every “Speaking Opportunity,” have a Signature Presentation in your hip pocket!

We never know when that opportunity will present itself. It could be a last minute cancellation by a scheduled presenter. It might be more time being allocated for speakers or one choosing to lessen their allotted time. Perhaps, the event planner decides to suddenly schedule some breakout sessions.

Always being prepared to deliver a talk should be one of a speaker’s goals.

To be considered for an unexpected “Speaking Opportunity,” let the program director and other decision makers know, in advance, you are ready to present should they need to have another speaker. Tell them your topics and be flexible on time for presenting them. Having slide decks on a flash drive and notes with you and conveying that to those in charge will make you the go-to person should a speaker be needed.

Develop and build a Signature Presentation in modules.

Those modules can be placed into other presentations, making the next one easier to develop. Example: “The Fear of Public Speaking” is a module I use in many presentations, including: NO SWEAT Public Speaking!”NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”“We’re All Self-Employed!”

Placing that into other presentations is relatively easy. Also, because about seventy-five percent of the population has this fear, it’s a topic most will be interested in.

Think about your topics, potential audiences, and modifications you can make in terms of content and length.

Always be ready if needed and that presentation will be absolutely, positively, NO SWEAT!


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, and we like to work with Experts.

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


  1. Keynote Speaker

  2. Workshop Facilitator

  3. Breakout Sessions

  4. Personal and Group Public Speaking and Presentation Coaching


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

  2. Crafting Your Elevator Speech, Floor by Floor with – NO SWEAT!

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

  4. We are All Self-Employed!


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