Years ago when I first got started in business I was asked to do a presentation in front of a group I was part of for one of the local Chambers. Let me tell you, I was terrified.
See, I had come from the music industry and had moved from being a performer to being a stage hand because I had stage fright. Most of us start out that way. In fact, public speaking is the #1 fear in the world. More so than death itself.
Yes, most people would rather be in the casket than conducting the eulogy.
Today, I’m a speaker and love getting in front of groups. In fact that first presentation I did (while I was shaking, by the way) led to many more speaking opportunities. They started small with groups of 10 or less and led to groups of as high at 100.
Even a small opportunity to stand up and share with a group is another opportunity to share what you have to offer. Don’t think it has to be in groups of hundreds.
Take it one step at a time. Start by leading a small group.
Here’s a few places to get started:
- Small leads groups or chambers of commerce
- Lead a group in breakout sessions
- When at a conference, go to the mic and share your experience when given the opportunity.
Start small and over time it will get easier and easier. Just don’t skip out on the opportunities all around you.
At one conference I attended there were about 80 people in the room and I was an attendee with everyone else. The host of the event wanted people to come to the mic and share what they got out of the previous session. I took the opportunity to go to the mic and shared my experience. That one minute on the mic led to me getting swamped with people wanting my card at the next break and having lunch meetings the next 2 days. (It’s resulted in $1000’s in sales as well).
All because I stood up and talked for 1 minute on the mic.
So, don’t think you have to speak on big stages but do remember you need to take advantage of any opportunity you can to share with a crowd. Even a crowd of two.
About The Author:
Ely Delaney is a dad, Best Selling author, speaker, marketing consultant and Founder/CEO of Your Marketing University. His goal is to teach marketing in a simple easy to understand format businesses can use to help gain marketing ideas & market their businesses to boost sales.
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