Public speaking for the entrepreneur can be a tremendous advantage. Overcoming stage fright is merely a matter of practice, practice practice. Every speaker was once as terrified as you are.
Take a look at the five most important things you need to know:
Necessity #1: Set your “What’s in it for me?” attitude aside. Let’s call out the elephant in the room: You want to speak in order to earn more clients and customers, sell books, sell courses and make more money. I get it. Conference organizers get it.
The only problem is, no one cares about that goal but you. Unless conferences are getting a cut of your product sales, all they care about is a happy audience. So let’s focus on the skills and tools you need to create happy audiences that make conference and meeting organizers look like rock stars. Why? Because making them look good for hiring you makes you look better than if you’d sold 500 books or scored a new client. You have to be a speaker worth your salt, and that starts with getting comfortable in your own skin.
Necessity #2: Get comfortable in front of a crowd. Have you ever watched a standup comic and thought, “How do they think on their feet so fast?” Well, the good news is that you can too, and it’s one of the easiest skills to learn. My tool of choice? Improv classes. […]
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Jim is president of InnoThink Group and Leadership Matters. He is a leader in workplace learning, productivity, performance, and leadership training solutions. For over 25 years, we have helped companies improve their performance, productivity, and bottom-line results.