An excellent way to let others know about your business is to give presentations. I know that a good majority entrepreneurs haven't done a great deal of public speaking -- if any. So, in this article, I share ways on how to give presentations that will urge your listeners to hire you.
What if you don't have the speaking skills you will need to do a powerful presentation? Or, you have some skills but want to perfect them?
- First, visit and join a local Toastmasters club. I have seen members go from abject fear (their mouth is so dry they could hardly speak above a whisper) to feeling comfortable presenting to a large group. You will also meet others who can introduce you to potential clients.
- Next, sign up to give a speech as often as possible.Most Toastmasters clubs meet weekly. I was always prepared -- even when not scheduled -- in case someone didn't show up.
- Before you know it, you will start feeling great about presenting.
Now that you have the skills and the confidence, prepare a folder with your basic information, the title of your talk and your availability. Your title should address a problem that the members of the groups to whom you wish to speak are experiencing or a topic that would be of interest to the group.
Be sure to include a one-sheet which covers what qualifies you to be an expert in your area, what are the objectives of the talk and what will be the benefits to the participants. Follow up after your direct mailing to start lining up some presentation dates. many groups will be delighted if you offer a free talk or workshop, but you can also speak for a fee. Or, another alternative is that if you do have products, you might ask the groups if you can sell them at their event(s).
All right, you are ready.Your presentation skills are powerful. You have a burning topic, and you have some venues lined up. Just remember the following: Make sure that you share excellent information that your listeners want to hear.
So, get busy with developing your speaking prowess, and use it to market your business like crazy. It will not only pay off, it will also be fun. Remember that powerful presentation skills will always serve you well -- no matter what business you are in!
Chris King is an entrepreneur, professional speaker, storyteller, writer, website creator / designer, free agent, and fitness instructor. Sign up for her eclectic E-newsletter, Portfolio Potpourri, at http://www.freelanceliving.com You will find her information-packed E-book How to Leave Your Audiences Begging for MORE! at http://www.OutrageouslyPowerfulPresenter.com and her business website at http://www.CreativeKeys.biz