Archive for June 7, 2011

Speaking at Meetups

I was invited to speak at a Meetup group in Pleasant Hill on Wednesday and I’m fond of saying “Give me an audience and I’ll be there.”

There were about 20 people there, all women except one. The Meetup leader, Rachel Capil had asked me to do my “7 Techniques to Thrive in Any Economy” presentation.

I got there early enough to enjoy a yogurt and sat outside in the beautiful sunshine.

They were so welcoming and friendly. I had a great conversation with several people before the group got started, so I felt very much at home.

I love to weave my stories in between giving pertinent business techniques. It allows the audience to engage better with me and then they’re more receptive to the business skills. They’ll remember the information long and they’re more likely to do something with the information.

I speak at my Speakers and Authors every month, but it’s great to speak at other Meetups as well. The groups are very receptive and I have a lot of fun speaking in front of any audience.

The great thing is speaking at any Meetup group is great practice for getting your stories and timing down.

Platform Speaking

One of the best venues for any speaker is to create a platform. The platform can be of many different styles.

My favorite platform is  to create an entire venue based around a theme. The theme could be based on entrepreneurs, Law of Attraction, Speaking, Sales, etc. But what makes it work is to involve at least six additional speakers to help with the promotions of the event and getting the seats in the seats.

One event I’ve been working on for quite some time is the 1 Day MBA. There are 15 speakers involved and it’s produced over two days. The undergraduate work of identifying the right attitude for being an entrepreneur and the second day is for improving the actual skills of business owners.

When speaking at an event where there are multiple speakers it takes the pressure off the individual speaker. The combination of attendees from each of the speaker’s contacts makes it possible for each of the speakers to expand their contact and client base.

The promotions of the event are shared among each of the speakers and that makes it possible to multiply the number who are exposed to the event as well.

It is actually one of my favorite speaking venues. I love the idea of gaining exposure to an audience who is made of up about 95% of individuals who I would not normally even have a chance to meet.