Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Moving Through Your Fear About Speaking

Do you have a desire to be a speaker? Do you know you have a powerful message you want to share with the world? Is fear stopping you?

Even the best speakers have a fear or anxiety about speaking. Mahatma Gandhi, during his student life, suffered from frequent panic attacks. He had a particularly agonizing experience during a speech he was asked to give to a vegetarian community in London. After reading one line from the message he had prepared, he could no longer speak and asked someone else to read the rest of the speech for him.  Warren Buffet was once a college student who was “terrified” of getting up and saying his name.  Barbra Streisand stopped singing for years due to her anxiety about speaking.

It is said that for some people, the fear is so strong they'd rather be the one being eulogized, than the one giving the eulogy. There's nothing wrong being a little nervous before you speak. In fact, a little bit of adrenalin is good because it keeps you alert, focused, and energized as you speak.

Fear shows up in different ways. It could be the fear of failure, fear of rejection, or fear of success. The fear can manifest itself in ways that we’re not always aware of. Some signs of hidden fear are procrastination, distraction, excuses, feeling stuck, feeling overwhelmed, negative beliefs, worried, and anxious.

Whenever we step into something new or take on something we’ve never done before, it’s not uncommon to experience fear. We remember our past failures and pull back to avoid them happening again. I invite you to consider what happened in the past is over and will not happen again. We don’t know what is going to happen in the future. We only have the present moment.

Be in the present and create action steps to take. By taking action will help you diminish the feeling of fear.  Remind yourself of the message you want to deliver to your audience.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

You Don’t Have to Sound “Salesy” When You Speak

There is a subtle, proven way to sell your program or product at live speaking events that doesn’t sound “salesy.” It’s called “Sprinkling the Seeds.” Right from the start of your talk, sprinkle seeds of interest with your audience throughout your talk. By doing this, you don’t have to switch into a “sales mode” when it comes time to present your next program or product offering at the end of your talk. Let them know you have more to give them than you have time for. Let them know you’re going to do your best to cover as much value as you can during the time you’re speaking. Then let them know at the end of your talk you’ll share with them the additional resources you have.

Practice saying your sprinkling the seeds statements until the words easily flow.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Breaking Through the Fear Factor to Speaking

Is there part of you that really, really wants to take a quantum leap and become a speaker, but the other part of you is afraid you won’t succeed? Because of this, we don't take risks, we don't pursue our dreams of becoming a speaker. We play it safe and play it small in life. We call this the “Fear Factor”!

The way to break through the Fear Factor is to be willing to stretch yourself and step outside your comfort zone. It may be uncomfortable at first but understand that's only temporary. You're stepping into new and unfamiliar territory. It's okay to feel uncomfortable. But once you get to the other side, you'll feel exhilarated and excited. Once you start speaking in front of groups, you’ll know that YOU did it! You broke through the Fear Factor to the other side!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Creating Your Vision for Your Event

Before you start planning your event, take the time to write your vision for your event. Your vision should describe your event as vividly and specifically as possible. It should inspire you, excite you, and guide you through the journey you’re about to take. The vision for my first event, when written, was three pages long. I read my vision each day. As I read it, I would visualize what the event would look like, who the participants would be, what it would be for them as they entered the room, how I would feel standing before them, and the breakthroughs they would experience.

Creating and reading your vision daily as you plan your event will help you take your dream and make it real!

Monday, September 12, 2016

The One Thing You Must Say at the End of Your Talk

The one thing you must say at the end of your talk and you’re probably not saying is the “Call to Action.” If you’ve given a great talk with great value, the audience will be interested in what’s next. Your “Call to Action” is what you want your audience to do next. Your “Call to Action” is your Special Offer. Do you want them to sign up for a complimentary session with you, your upcoming workshop, receive your free report? Often speakers end their talk by saying, “If you have any questions, I’ll be here for a while to answer them.” That’s all they say. Then they’re so disappointed when only a few people come to see them. I invite you to set aside time the next time you speak to present your “Call to Action.”

Monday, August 15, 2016

Do You Have a Product to Sell From the Stage?

If you have given a great talk, the audience wants to learn more from you. As a speaker, you have a group of people eager to hear what’s next! This is your opportunity to increase your revenue stream by offering a product your audience needs and wants to buy. Creating a product or program can be very exciting! Before you start creating a product, you want to make sure you’re creating a product they will buy. Here’s eight questions to answer that will help you create the best product.

  1. Who is your audience?
  2. What is the topic?
  3. What format will you use?
  4. How much will you charge for your product?
  5. How will you brand your product?
  6. Who will help you create your product?
  7. How are you going to market and promote your product?
  8. What goes into a sales page?

Monday, August 1, 2016

Handling Questions

You’ve given the best talk of your life, but if you’re not in control of handling questions, all credibility is lost! The final impression audience members remember is the way you handle questions.

After you’ve finished your talk, raise your hand and say, “Are there any questions?” When speaking to a large group, repeat or rephrase the question to the audience. The reason you do that in a large group is to make sure everyone in the room has heard the question.

When repeating or rephrasing a question, avoid saying, “The question is,” or “That’s a good question.” If you credit one person with asking a question, you have to credit EVERYONE for asking a question. You don't want people to feel their question was not as important. It’s best to avoid getting yourself into this situation so you don’t sound repetitious.