When you’re developing a presentation, you should start with the end goal in mind. What do you want the audience to take away from listening to you speak? Do you want them to buy something? Do you want them to schedule a meeting with you? Do you want them to […]
Monthly Archives: February 2012
By Featured Speaker Wally Adamchik
Much has been written about the leadership (or lack of leadership) crisis in America today. No business is immune to this crisis, and some are even more susceptible to it than others. Real leaders today are few and far between. We have great technicians and great managers, but few great leaders.
To truly succeed as a leader today, we cannot simply “go through the motions.” We must charge ahead at full speed. In this hyper-competitive world, it’s not enough just to show up and look good. Leadership is a full-contact, sometimes risky position with no “hazardous duty” pay.
The term “full-contact” generally brings to mind the image of physical contact. But it presents itself in other ways as well.
If you want to be an in-demand speaker, you need to look the part. This includes the marketing you do for yourself. Here are some tips for creating the kind of marketing and promotional presence a sought-after speaker would have.
Photography: Still and Video
Invest in some good photographs of yourself. You’ll want both head shots and action shots. Once you have those, you want to use them consistently in your marketing. Places you should consider including or uploading your photos are:
- Your website
- Social Media
You’ll also want to include video in your “image” marketing. Record all your speaking opportunities and upload the best to YouTube and Facebook. Create tips videos. Create slide show videos. Post those, as well, on YouTube and Facebook.
By Featured Speaker Patricia Fripp
You’re waiting your turn to make a speech, when suddenly you realize that your stomach is doing strange things and your mind is rapidly going blank. How do you handle this critical time period?
In all of my speaking classes, students ask me how to handle public speaking nervousness, fears, jitters, anxieties – and the physical symptoms these feelings produce. There is no single answer; you must prepare by anticipating your speech mentally, logistically, and physically.
Start by understanding that you’ll spend a lot more time preparing than you will speaking. As a general rule, invest three hours of preparation for a half hour speech, a six to one ratio. When you’ve become a highly experienced speaker, you may be able to cut preparation time considerably in some cases, but until then, don’t skimp.
Part of your preparation will be to memorize your opening and closing — three or four sentences each. Even if you cover your key points from notes, knowing your opening and closing by heart lets you start and end fluently, connecting with your audience when you are most nervous.