Archive for August 26, 2011

Speaking in Sacramento

I met Patience Awazi in San Jose about 4 or 5 years ago when she was living in San Jose and I was speaking at the Work2Future event. She joined my Elite Leads Business Development organization and we have somehow always kept in touch even after she married Michael and moved to Sacramento.

There was a very small audience, but I have always believed it’s not the size of the audience but the quality of the audience. The people who attended were very interested in the Blogging for Dollars topic Patience had chosen.

It was a two-hour presentation and I had prepared a Power Point with screen shots to help everyone see actual examples of what they would need to know.

I had intended to show it on the hotel’s big screen television, but the adapter I had didn’t work. It is typical that you’ll have to be prepared since what you might expect isn’t always what will happen in the long run. So always plan to have a backup plan. I even go to the extent of printing out my Power Point just in case I can’t use the .

What made the presentation so unique was the level of questions from the audience. It made it a lot more fun and very interesting for everyone including myself.

Paid Speaking

One of the methods that have been the most effective for me is to over prepare for each speaking event. Become very familiar with the audience and organization and get to know what their purpose is. Lions Clubs support programs for sight; you might mention something about the program or collect used glasses for their program. The Rotary Clubs have many programs in the community and each club typically focuses on a specific project. Find out what their project is so you are well informed. The Kiwanis Clubs focus on boys homes and other local projects.
If you’re speaking at an organization, research them on the Internet and try to get background information so you will be well prepared. You might interview four to six key members of the group and find out what their challenges are. Be sure to provide your audience with specific benefits but always leave them wanting more.