Remember, more than half of your audience is going to be on your side, 25% of the audience will be swayed to be on your side by your content and personality. There are about 10-25% of every audience who will not be cooperative, have a grudge to settle with all speakers, believe they know more than you and should be the speaker instead of you or they might just be having a bad day.
When your talk is over, continue standing in one place and enjoy your applause. Don’t turn to leave the stage immediately. Look over the audience, smile, then sit down and relax while the meeting continues. Then you’ll be ready for the some of the best mixing and mingling you’ve ever seen.
This time you won’t have to worry about who you’ll approach. When you’re the speaker, they’ll always come to you!
Keynote description: A presentation of one discreet point proven with one story after another. The more time you have the more stories you tell all proving the one point.
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.