Tag Archive for Public Speaking

Service Organizations

I heard that service organizations were always looking for someone to speak at their meetings, so I started asking everyone I knew who was a member of a Rotary Club, Kiwanis, Lions, or any of the women’s groups.
My first topic was “Incubators are not for Chickens.” I talked about the cluster environments that are dedicated to start-up businesses in a specific industry. In a business cluster, several businesses share office equipment and a receptionist. Consulting services and venture capital resources are made available to ensure their success.
It was a perfect topic for service groups, for they are always looking for new methods they can become more involved in the community. Cluster environments need support from the kind of people who belong to these service groups. When I began talking about Clusters, most of the organizations had never heard of the concept. They were amazed at the level of support that is provided and the national rate of success which is attributed to companies starting in such an environment. The level of response to my talks instigated a great number of these organizations to offer their professional expertise to the Cluster clients.
Then somewhere along the tenth or twelfth time I delivered my twenty-minute “Incubator” presentation, I provoked thoughts of new businesses, who by themselves might struggle to get by financially for years. Yet in the Cluster, they achieved a 90% success ratio within the first 2 years. This success equated to their achievement of $2 million in sales and/or grew to the point of having ten employees.

I heard that service organizations were always looking for someone to speak at their meetings, so I started asking everyone I knew who was a member of a Rotary Club, Kiwanis, Lions, or any of the women’s groups.  My first topic was “Incubators are not for Chickens.” I talked about the cluster environments that are dedicated to start-up businesses in a specific industry. In a business cluster, several businesses share office equipment and a receptionist. Consulting services and venture capital resources are made available to ensure their success.  It was a perfect topic for service groups, for they are always looking for new methods they can become more involved in the community. Cluster environments need support from the kind of people who belong to these service groups. When I began talking about Clusters, most of the organizations had never heard of the concept. They were amazed at the level of support that is provided and the national rate of success which is attributed to companies starting in such an environment. The level of response to my talks instigated a great number of these organizations to offer their professional expertise to the Cluster clients. Then somewhere along the tenth or twelfth time I delivered my twenty-minute “Incubator” presentation, I provoked thoughts of new businesses, who by themselves might struggle to get by financially for years. Yet in the Cluster, they achieved a 90% success ratio within the first 2 years. This success equated to their achievement of $2 million in sales and/or grew to the point of having ten employees.

Impromptu Speaking

I love coming up with new topics. It’s a test to keep me on my toes, as much as choosing difficult groups to speak with such as engineering groups. What makes them challenging for me is they are are left brain analyticals and they aren’t as easy to entertain as a mixed audience.

On Tuesday I was speaking at a new Meetup group in Campbell for authors. They were so much fun. There were only 35  people in attendance, but they were all eager to learn more about blogging and writing.

I started out talking about my history and how I got started speaking and went on for about ten minutes and then began to talk about the appointed blogging topic.

The presentation is never the same no matter how often I do it. It is so much fun to inspire the audience to and challenge them to do something that will make a difference in their lives.

After I was finished the questions went on for about an hour. I think I enjoy the questions as much as speaking. Two of the women followed me out to the car and told me how much the enjoyed the beginning of my presentation and how they related to my stories.

They both signed up for my class after wards.