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.