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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
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
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.”
Speaking opportunities is the fastest way to new clients.
Why? Read more
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
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
Join Me September 13
Okay, I’m excited (and just a tad anxious) about the launch of my Say It to Sell It Now! Seminar tomorrow morning.
I want to honor each student that is joining me by saying how much I appreciate what it took for them to jump on board. First a decision had to be made. Then the commitment will need to be kept in order for each of them to get what they hope to take away from the program. That takes inner leadership.
Sounds simple but it’s not always so easy to accomplish.
Showing up often means rearranging schedules, disappointing someone, dealing with a less than supportive person, possibly getting up earlier than you normally might on a Saturday, or other obstacles that need to be overcome.
Yet, after the decision is made an inner change happens. Making the decision (providing you made it from your heart, from a knowing place rather than from a thinking place) frees you up to consider the possibility that comes from making that decision.
Making the decision creates a place for giant leaps to happen. It is that energy that allows you to stick to your commitment. When you are stuck in the should I or shouldn’t I place…you energetically become stuck in every place in your life.
Think about that. Every unmade decision is like a roadblock to your moving forward. It doesn’t matter if the decision is ultimately yes or no what is important is making it quickly and moving forward.
“Those who reach decisions promptly and definitely know what they want and generally get it. This is a common trait of all leaders in every walk of life.” ~ Napoleon Hill
We’ve heard it said before but a parked car can’t get you anywhere. Only after you move the car out of the driveway and down the road will you be on your way….and you have the option then to change direction once you get moving…but not until you are moving does that option present itself.
So thank you, my students of life, you now have opened up the possibility of being a leader in life.
Thank you for saying YES to yourself and your possibilities.
Learn more about the Say It to Sell It Now! Free-training Tutorials.
If you’re an entrepreneur, coach, consultant, healing professional or service provider who wants to market your services but you’re still stumped at what to say to promote your services (expo or otherwise) then read on.
So here’s what I learned about promoting your services after exhibiting at a recent expo that I would like to pass along to you:
1. Get the best table you can you get. I knew exactly where wanted to be and why. The key to getting what you want is to ask and then shut-up. So why did I want this particular table?
a . When you walk into the room and looked straight ahead you can’t miss my banner.
b. It had an electrical outlet close by. I always bring a light to shine up at my banner and I have videos (of me) running to demonstrate what I do for prospective clients.
c. I could hang my banner with ticky tack and still be trade-show compliant.
d. It was in a corner – giving me a bit more real estate.
e. Bonus – there was a tall (albeit artificial) tree in that corner that enhanced my display and was a perfect backdrop for my easel.
2. Get out from behind your table and start talking (and listening) to people.
Don’t attack, don’t make an immediate offer, just ask a friendly non-salesy question, listen and engage.
I met a home inspector who clearly knew his business and after some dialogue he asked me why he would need my program. I told him he wouldn’t need it…but that maybe someone he knew did. He nodded his head and acknowledged that he hadn’t considered that. We were simply engaged in meaningful and fun conversation.
3. If you have something to demonstrate–then demonstrate it. I can’t tell you how many tables I went to where demonstrative products sat flat on a table with no engagement at all.
Here’s what I mean:
a. If you sell jewelry have a mannequin or better a live model actually wearing different pieces with different outfits. It’s one thing if you are wearing the pieces but imagine a live model moving through the crowd putting on and taking off pieces to show the versatility of mixing pieces, colors and styles together. I don’t know about you but that would catch my eye.
b. If you are promoting a dance studio then…do I have to say it…dance. Dump the table and just show me what you do!
c. If you sell an MLM online service then highlight the key result with an oversize graph, or provocative question.
4. Make sure that what you are promoting is understandable to anyone walking by your table should you be away from your table for a few minutes or engaged with someone else. I admit I had a bit of challenge with this at my first show.
In the past I confused people by putting more emphasis on my books rather than on the seminar (the real service I was promoting.) This time the book was credibility support only.
I passed some tables a few times just to see if I could figure out what they were selling without asking questions…honestly, I still don’t know what a few of them were offering.
5. Do something fun.
I wrote about this in a previous article. I have a big white board on an easel and hand write in large letters, FREE KISSES!
You can bet that gets attention. The women go directly to the big bowl of kisses and the men stop, look around with an uncertain look wondering if I’m promoting the real deal. Either way I win. What’s a few kisses among friends!
6. Understand that your energy and your engaging conversation opener is more important than anything else.
You can ask if they are also promoting a business or just networking. Either way it’s an opportunity to learn about them. Contrary to popular belief not everyone is your client but everyone has a story.
Just have fun and be of service!