I still remember how terrified I was at my first live seminar. I had a headache the entire day, I was nervous, and I was rehearsing my speech in my mind for days… and a couple of sleepless nights.
At that time, I was the managing director and part-owner of a luxurious spa in The Hamptons, NY, and I was presenting for a group of about 10 women.
My business partner, Pamela Ornstein, and my husband, Sean F. Orr, were there to support me.
Ever since I’ve spoken for Fortune 500 companies and large audiences nationally. I have to admit, I still feel nervous before each presentation.
Public speaking is perceived by many as a terrifying experience, but effective public speaking gives you a unique opportunity to engage and connect with a large number of people at one time.
It is one of the fastest ways to position yourself as an expert in your industry immediately.
Are you looking for ways to position yourself as an expert and speak more?
How To Share Your Expertise As A Speaker – 6 Step Guide To Help You Start.
1.The biggest secret.
The biggest secrets to becoming an inspiring speaker are: your authenticity, passion for what you do, and your alignment with yourself! Before you start your journey of inspiring others, ask yourself a question, “What am I truly passionate about?” When you speak about topics that you feel passion for you to feel confident, authentic, and your audience can feel it, too.
2. Get to know your audience.
These two questions may help you in creating the most valuable content for your audience. What topics does your audience want to know about? What problems and challenges are they looking to resolve?
3. Decide on your topic and connect your favorite topic with your passion for your business.
If you were asked to speak today, what would you talk about? Brainstorm a list of 5 potential topics. How is your area of expertise connected to the program, product, or service?
4. Share your story!
Studies show that we learn the best through stories. Sharing your personal story is a very powerful way to connect with your audience on an emotional level. Ask yourself a question, what obstacles did you overcome that your audience may relate to?
5. Build your confidence and select your platform.
The best way to start your speaking adventure is to do it in a safe and supportive space. You can develop your skills by joining a local Toastmasters Group before you start presenting to the larger audiences.
Once you build up some confidence, you can begin speaking at online networking events, seminars, or conferences online and live. Do your research and connect with the organizations that will be on brand for you to speak.
6. Stay connected.
Stay connected with your audience. Make sure you have a way to collect the email addresses of the attendees. They will be happy to hear from you again.
THE WORLD NEEDS YOUR EXPERTISE! If you are truly connected to your mission and passion, and your business, you have a unique opportunity to connect, inspire and impact others while growing your business through speaking.
That is the ultimate gift!
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