Titles That Sell
The first thing you’ll want to do is create five titles for your presentations. The titles should be enticing and define your expertise. What are five areas are you interested in enough to create a presentation? Most of my presentations are centered on business skills. Some of my titles are “7 Techniques to Thrive in Any Economy”, “About Face”, “The DeCoder Ring”, “Sailing Your Entrepreneurship”, “Strategy Outweighs Success” and “U, Inc.”.
The title should have action words, a result, words ending in “ing” nouns, repetitive letters or a numerical listing. You’ll find that a great number of business books have numerical titles.
Of course each of the talks overlap here and there, but the organizer picks the topic according to what they believe their audience would be most interested in hearing.
You want to create a bullet point list of at least ten items to mention during your presentation. When you incorporate your personal stories, the presentations are always unique to you. You should strive for having an audience reaction of sighs, laughter, stunned silence or create a question in their mind every thirty to sixty seconds.
She went on to say that with that thought in mind, she went back to school and ended up getting a job in sales where she was now making more than three times what she had been earning previously.
As you might imagine, I felt as though I was walking ten feet above the ground the rest of evening and for at least another week. It’s very empowering to know that I made that much of an impact on someone who was part of a group with whom I had spent only an hour.
You can begin your journey to effective public speaking right now. Check your local newspapers and phone book for a Toastmasters group. As soon as you find out when local meetings are, add them to your schedule. Don’t worry if you don’t know a topic or even have a title; they have topics and methods to help you speak with enthusiasm by practicing at the meeting. That’s just a small part of what you can learn there.
Also look for other speaking organizations like the National Speakers Association. Mingle with as many people as you can find that make speaking a regular proponent of their business development plan. Check out one of the many great books on speaking from the library. You might want to look for Lilly Walter’s Speak and Grow Rich, Bill Gove’s speakers’ series or any of the many library materials from speaker’s organizations like the National Speaker’s Association.