Archive for October 16, 2012

Organizations

There is a fairly large list of organizations on my Elite Leads website. There are Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis Clubs, Soroptimists, associations and professional organizations as well as Chambers of Commerces. You can also search for meetings on the Internet or look for events in your local newspaper.

When you do go out to speak, don’t forget all you’ve learned: fill your business card case with a plenty of cards and your briefcase with your books, CD’s and any other materials you might have to sell.

Dress accordingly, put on your best outfit; practice each of the techniques you’ve learned to reduce your nervousness and convert the energy into courage. You might want to examine any unpleasant experience you’ve had speaking and look for insights as to what you were able to learn from them.

Walk confidently into the room as if you own it, and practice using your best approach with everyone you see so you will be able to meet as many people before your presentation as possible. Ask questions of each person; what they get out of the group, how long they’ve been a member, what they expect from the presentation and whatever else you can think of. You can incorporate their answers into your presentation.

Speaking Connections

I had left San Diego on Sunday and headed up to Irvine to attend Dustin Mathews and Dave Vanhoose’s event for 7 Figure Speaking Empire. There are about 90 people attending.

Yesterday I had a chance to sit down with a new contact who does Joint Venture connections. She immediately introduced me to Ken who is going to be doing a virtual author summit event in two weeks. It turned out he had just lost one of his speakers and after talking with me for about five minutes, offered to have me take the newly opened position. How could I not be excited about that?

It pays to show up! How many times speakers only show up if they are going to speak? But I have made the most amazing connections just by showing up the past week.

One of the other people I met and had a chance to talk with first in San Diego spent about an hour with me yesterday. After we had an opportunity to get to know each other she has offered to take me to the stage with some of the legendary speakers who she has nurtured their speaking careers.

I love how helpful people are. Their generosity is amazing and always surprises me!