4 Types of Public Speakers: Where Do You Fit In?

(Today”s post is from Daphne Bousquet, CMP, who helps entrepreneurs grow their business with workshops. Read more below. I love this article because it really addresses the issue I see so frequently…especially the “donor.” While Daphne helps you put on your seminar I help you craft the talk that you a “Transformer.” Read on.)

There are 2 models of speaking at seminars and events, for free and for a fee.  And sometimes they will both be used at the same event.  And although there are only 2 models of speaking, there are 4 types of public speakersRead more

Become a Better Speaker – Presentation Blunders Funny Video

If you get a good chuckle from this video it’s likely because you’ve experienced something similar…hopefully, you weren’t the one speaking!

But, if you see yourself in this video don’t cringe. Just vow to change one or two things immediately. Do you fail to connect with your audience when they walk into your presentation? Next time, set up early and be ready to greet and meet your audience when they walk into the room. Getting to know them personally goes a long way to rule #1. connecting to your audience.

Want to learn more about how you can use speaking to market your business or if you want to become a better presenter to improve your career…join me for a FREE strategy session.

 

Want to Make a Change in Your Life? Plan Some Play and Have More Fun!

Odds are you aren’t having enough fun…especially if you just snorted at that statement!

Sis had fun taking a photo of my Amaryllis!

My sis was in town this past week and though we aren’t the best planners in the world we do manage to set the intention to do something fun, silly or out-of-the-ordinary on each visit.

Over the last few years we’ve managed to go zip lining for the first time (we started out chicken-hearted and now can’t wait to go again), alligator watching by air boat at night (ugh-buggy but fascinating…no rush to do it again), go cart racing (always good fun), feeding alligators at Gatorland (yes, I live in Florida), and the usual assortment of psychic readings, mini spa days, and exploring local fairs and such.

Now mind you we aren’t a couple of spring chickens anymore (50+ and 50++) making some of these activities even funnier! We’ve learned that letting go, laughing, hanging out with no agenda, no deadline and no goal except to have fun spurs the imagination, allows creativity and lofty dreams to flow and generates new ideas, new inventions and new possibilities.

In fact, sis just called with a new product invention!

Playtime is a must. If you’re stuck and not making the changes you know you need to make you’re probably doing what I do…get lost my head…whereby nothing happens. I’m stubborn. I like being in my head. It’s comfy in there…but it doesn’t serve me or others all the time.

If I want to make a difference, stay on top of my game, serve my clients, grow myself and my business I have to plan some play. So plan some play!

If I’m with sis…well, it’s hard not to have fun. We’re just wired to do crazy things…like sailing in hurricanes. If you don’t have a sis call your pal and plan something silly.

Try it and let us know what you did. Leave a message so we can all play along!

What Message will You Share to Inspire Others this New Year?

Happy New Year Friends!
Forget last year–make 2012 your best year yet.
Buckle up for the ride 2012 promises to bring.
(Archive this short video when you need a nudge.)

Power Point – What Not to Do!

Don McMillan’s Hilarious Video on Power Point Blunders – Take Note.

Presentation Anxiety: 5 Public Speaking TechniquesThat Can Help

You’re not alone if you experience the jitters when speaking in public. I can relate to the sweaty palms, shaking knees, tight and dry voice that can plague a public speaker. As a timid child, speaking up in class was akin to standing on a tiny platform about to perform a high dive. (I care not for heights and I’ve never learned to dive!)

I’m a different person today, not only has speaking been a part of my career for decades, I now work with entrepreneurs who want to market their services through speaking. Many of these successful entrepreneurs fear speaking as much as I did when I was young.

Here are a few techniques you might try to ease your anxiety:

1. When faced with a challenge (public speaking) that causes our body to retreat to flight mode our right brain starts firing rapidly. This means our logical left brain shuts down a bit and fails to provide the commonsense needed to get the job done. In order to create a balance between our left and right brain hemispheres I suggest my students perform brain train exercises before speaking. Here’s one you can try:

Place your arms out in front of you parallel to the ground with your hands clasped but index fingers forming a steeple. Think Charlie’s Angels. With your eyes focused on your pointed index fingers, slowly form a lazy eight figure with your arms. Allow your eyes to follow the movement as your arms move from side to side. After a bit, either dizziness will replace your fears or more likely you’ll find yourself feeling calmer. The movement allows you to engage your left brain and get the logic flowing again. Try it before any nerve-inducing situation.

2. Rehearse your talk. Okay, you knew that was coming but you’ll be amazed at how people fail to practice sufficiently. Seriously, you must put the time in to construct and speak your talk out loud. It might take Read more

Curious about Coaching But Afraid of What Might Happen?

I believe in coaching.

I’ve sought out coaching in every phase of my life. I think back to one of my very first coaches (when I was in my twenties)  and can’t believe I actually did what she wanted me to do to get a raise. **

But I did it. Not only did I get a raise and a new title — I also got Read more

How to Get More Clients? Speak to Sell Your Services

Ask any creative entrepreneur, small biz owner, healer, coach or solo service provider what they need the most and the answer will always be–more clients. Ask what they need other than that and few will answer “speaking opportunities.”

Too bad.

Speaking opportunities is the fastest way to new clients.

Why? Read more

Speaking to Grow Your Business: Crafting Your Personal Keynote to Sell Yourself

If you want to market to your tribe and get immediate results there’s no faster way to do it than by speaking.

Think about it. By speaking directly to your right audience, providing immediate value and then enrolling them in your services and programs you’d serve a greater percent of your target market than any other marketing option.

Why? Because your market wants to hear you, see you, learn from you as directly as possible. No internet marketing campaign can match the results of speaking. Speaking includes live events, seminars, keynotes, guest speaking or teleseminars.

So what do you do if you don’t like speaking, are afraid to speak, don’t know what to say or how to say it to sell yourself? Read more

3 Keys to Successful Talks that Sell You and Your Services – Don’t Make these Mistakes

Okay, I’ve ranted (albeit nicely) about this before but I’m compelled to do it again.

Why?

Because I just witnessed it again…that’s why.

What am I talking about? Small business owners who give talks at networking events to showcase their talents but fail to grab the audience’s attention.

Maybe this is my movement…helping entrepreneurs become powerful, effective speakers so they can serve more people!

Many small biz owners tell me they are fine speaking one-to-one with others during networking events…and that’s a great skill to have. But imagine how much more effective they could be speaking to their ideal market …one-to-many?

Certainly would leverage what they tell me they do well.

Certainly would increase their reach.

Certainly would increase their public profile.

Certainly would get them more clients.

So why isn’t this happening? Read more