How is this good advice? I could never figure that out. Who would be more embarrassed- the audience or me? Do not picture the people you are talking to naked. No. Do not. Just come prepared.
As you may have figured out, we are back to learning with the book Personal Branding for Dummies (A Wiley Brand). Grab your copy and flip to chapter 9, pour a cuppa coffee, and let’s get to it.
****This is where everyone panics****
Why? Why you trippin’? Oh! I know- you are afraid what you say isn’t interesting, or you don’t know the topic well, or they are picturing you naked!! Well, here are a few tips to help along the way.
If you are afraid that your topic isn’t interesting think on this- THEY wanted to see you. They are there for the sole purpose of listening to you and whatever it is you have to say. Chances are pretty good that your audience wants to listen to the topic- so chill.
Fear you don’t know your topic well- that’s on you. You have to learn as many aspects as possible. I’m pretty sure your boss or publicist isn’t going to tap you to give a speech on something you know nothing about. This isn’t high school, and it isn’t an assignment on the Trojan War. This is the real world and we only offer the mic to someone who has something worth listening too…unless you are Trump. Who gave that man a mic? Really?!
- Be knowledgeable about your topic.
- Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse.
- Greet your audience. This is only possible in a smaller venue such as conferences and work meetings.
- Get there EARLY. Learn the room. Practice with the mic and any electronics you may need. Make sure it all works and YOU know how to work it.
- No, really, breathe. Greet the room, take a breath and turn the nerves into positive energy. Make them feel the enthusiasm you have about the topic.
- Be confident. If you can’t feel it, show it. Imagine yourself speaking with power and confidence.
- Your audience does NOT want to see you flop. They want you to do well and share your knowledge with them.
- Do not draw attention to errors. Just correct the flub and move on. They didn’t notice it nearly as much as you did.
- Shake the nerves by focusing on the message you are trying to give.
- Your brand is on display- so, dress the part (so they don’t picture you naked), stand with confidence, be prepared, and teach the world your topic.
You can do this. Yes, it can be stressful, but you can do this. Preparation is key in this situation. Like I said, no one is going to ask you to speak if they don’t believe you have something great to share.
Polish your sparkle and just keep twirling.
Find joy. Be joy. Enjoy.
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