How much preparation is enough?

How do you know if you’ve prepared enough for your next speaking gig? Is there such a thing as too much preparation?

If you want your speech to be a success, you need to prepare. This means determining your content and then practicing your presentation of that content. But how do you know if you’ve prepared enough?

The answer to that question depends on the presentation, and your knowledge of the subject. Some speeches need more preparation than others. But a basic rule of thumb would be to ask yourself “Do you feel confident enough in your ability to deliver the content that you can do it even if your pre-determined crutches all failed you?”

That means, if you were planning on using PowerPoint slides to help you along, would you still be able to give a meaningful presentation without them?
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5 Things Event Organizers Want from You

5 Things Event Organizers Want from YouTo make yourself more attractive to event organizers, cultivate these five things in your speaking business.

Know your audience
Take the time to get to know the audience you’ll be speaking for. If you are targeting specific associations, get to know their members before approaching them. Once you’ve been booked, take measures to get to know the audience even better. You can do this with a pre-event questionnaire, a pre-event survey or even just having a detail conversation with the person who booked you. Also, once at the event, take some time to mingle if you can.

Be a promotional partner
Event organizers often hire speakers they know have a decent following of potential attendees. Helping to promote the event by letting your following know about it can go a long way to building a good relationship with the organizer … leading to you getting booked for future events.
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Do You Have Your Ducks All In a Row?

Peggy Vasquezby Featured Speaker Peggy Vasquez

Do you find yourself saying no to an opportunity because you aren’t perfect? Let me ask you another question, who do you know that is perfect? Some of the most successful people I know didn’t have their ducks all in a row before saying yes to an opportunity. What do you do when you don’t have all your ducks in a row? Do you cut yourself short and decline the opportunity to contribute? Or do you step out of your comfort zone and risk moving forward?

It’s natural to have doubts in your ability to tackle a new challenge for the first time. Often we want more time to continue preparing and perfecting. We don’t feel we are ready and we resist because we don’t want to fail. We don’t want to make a mistake. This was exactly the case for my colleague and me as we experienced our first speaking engagement. We’d completed our research and collaborated to create our presentations. We studied, did dry run’s and asked for feedback. We wrote and re-wrote and did more dry run’s. We were so focused that we begun to rehearse our presentations in our sleep. And even so, we still wished we had more time to prepare and perfect our presentations.
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