Are you scheduled for any upcoming speaking engagements?
Many of my peers in the Auto Recycling Industry are being asked to be Guest Speakers at conferences and trade shows. They may have an expertise in areas of the business that have elevated them to share their knowledge with their peers. Very Cool!
Are you prepared to Deliver?
I get anxiety just looking at the picture above. It represents a speaker that may have a great deal of expertise but has not received the appropriate training to engage her audience and deliver a message that delivers maximum impact.
Bottom Line: Help is available. The anxiety you are experiencing is only a speed bump. Don't make it into a jersey barrier to future success in your field of expertise.
Four areas of focus:
Keep this simple. Do a quick audience analysis and determine the top three things that your audience will be looking for. More than likely, you will be presenting an educational/informative presentation about your field. So, a more generic industry slant will have to be taken. Are there any significant changes that have taken place? Any future trends? Ideas to save money?
One of the keys to delivering an impactful presentation is avoiding information overload. Find the right balance for you.
Outlining your ideas is the first step. Don't try to wing it. We will use the Power of 3, meaning Introduction, Body, and Conclusion.
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Focus on the WIIFM (What's in it for me?) for your audience. If there was only one thing you would want them to remember you for, what would it be. What nugget will they walk away with?
There is no substitute for practice. While most of my speech consulting is done face-to-face, new technologies like Google hangouts and Skype allow us to review your delivery and fine tune the presentation remotely.
Now for the Powerpoint slides. Try to associate an image or graphic with your main points.
Create your slides and substitute a meaningful image for bland text. "A picture is worth a thousand words." You can use Headings to give you some sense of structure.
Bad Slide - Too much text "Guilty"
or Simplify with Key Words and a Picture
Don't blame yourself if you lack the skills or confidence to present, but don't let it hold you back from career advancement. "Public Speaking = Leadership" is my motto.
The mission is clear. Whether you are communicating to an audience of peers or your employees, you should always try to be engaging and impactful. As a Leader, you are only as good as your last presentation.
Good news! I can help you. We can work remotely. I have a package deal to cover you from content through delivery. Don't waste time. Call 401-458-9080 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let's do this!
You might be wondering where I got my expertise in Public Speaking. Prior to my life in auto recycling, I not only received a Master's Degree from Emerson College in Business and Organizational Communication, but I spent the first seven years of my career in Training and Development. Let me put that education and experience to work for you. I am currently a Speech Consultant at Babson College and Associate Lecturer at Curry College in the Communication Department. I know I can help you.
Another resource I am offering for companies and associations is my "Speak Now" program, a one day hands on Public Speaking training program.
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