So you wanna speak eh? Youâ€™re just starting out and donâ€™t know how to get your foot in the door? Well the following 5 tips will get you out there and in the public eye immediately. While these jobs may not pay the big bucks if youâ€™ve got a killer presentation, getting out there like this will ensure you get noticed and get more bookings which can lead wherever you like.
The Low Down: There are probably about a dozen Rotary, Lions, Probus or other similar service clubs within 15 minutes driving time of you meeting each week worldwide. Most of these clubs are crying out for interesting speakers at each and every meeting. Youâ€™ll typically get about 15 to 20 minutes with about 5 minutes for question time at the end.
The Howâ€™s and Whereâ€™s: Got to your local Rotary website, start here: www.rotary.org and search from there.
The Thing to Remember: Iâ€™ve always found I have to slow down my speaking at service clubs due to a percentage of the members not beingâ€¦ shall we say Gen Y like myself. This is a great learning experience and has actually dramatically improved my speaking.
The Bonus: Hook up with a Rotary club to speak while travelling and youâ€™ll instantly be able to say to future clients that youâ€™ve recently arrived back from speaking inâ€¦ Brazil (or wherever youâ€™ve travelled). Glamour plus!
The Low Down: I have found in my many speaking experiences that kids are painfully honest. While this can be bone shatteringly brutal at times, if you can wow a room full of high school age kids you can speak almost anywhere.
The Howâ€™s and Whereâ€™s: Write to your local schools, include a profile and tell them why you should be allowed in to corrupt, er, shape young minds.
The Thing to Remember: Get kids to remember you by setting up a myspace page that they can log into and join as your â€œfriendâ€.
The Bonus: If you really crack a kid audience, theyâ€™ll go home and tell their parents and voila – more work!
3. 5 x 5
The Low Down: If you have 25 friends you can do this. Ok, that scared a lot of you, if you have 5 patient friends you can do this. Set up a regular time each week for 5 weeks and give a 20 minute presentation to 5 of your friends. Then sit down with them for 20 minutes (yes a whole 20 minutes afterwards) and drill them for feedback. Each week a different presentation, and different (hopefully improved) feedback.
The Howâ€™s and Whereâ€™s: Bring coffee and doughnuts and be well prepared – donâ€™t waste your friendâ€™s time.
The Thing to Remember: Pick friends who wonâ€™t just tell you that the sun shines out of yourâ€¦ microphone. You want honesty. Get the friend who tells someone when their bum looks big in the mirror!
The Bonus: With only one week to prepare a new speech youâ€™re under the pump – use this to your advantage and donâ€™t cancel for any reason even if thereâ€™s only one person in the room!
4. Be Industrious
The Low Down: If your industry has a convention, local, national, whatever, start volunteering to play a part in it. Introduce one of the keynote speakers, provide an update on a new technology or do as I did and offer to do a keynote at a convention of over 1,000 real estate agents before youâ€™ve ever done a big speaking job. (You never know they just might say yes!)
The Howâ€™s and Whereâ€™s: Your local industry group is the best place to start, as is attending a conference first (so you can get your bearings).
The Thing to Remember: Your peers will be one of the more terrifying audiences you will ever speak in front of. Rock this crowd and youâ€™ll be a legend, fall on your face and youâ€™ll never live it down.
The Bonus: Speaking is a great way to become known as an expert in your field. Being an expert naturally leads to more business.
5. Shmaltz, Lives and Videotape
The Low Down: Before you attempt any of tips 1 to 4 videotape yourself giving an entire presentation.
The Howâ€™s and Whereâ€™s: Even many digital still cameras these days have a video function so youâ€™ll be able to borrow a camera.
The Thing to Remember: Regardless of the fact that thereâ€™s no audience do NOT stop for anything. Pretend youâ€™re on stage and kick through it, regardless of how badly you miff your opening line.
The Bonus: In 5 years time when youâ€™re an old hand at this youâ€™ll have some hilarious videos to watch with a cocktail in hand!
About the Author
Kirsty Dunphey is one of Australiaâ€™s most publicised young entrepreneurs and is the founder of www.reallysold.com - the ultimate tool to help real estate agents write amazing advertisements. Kirsty was a self-made millionaire at 23 and a self-made multi-millionaire at 25 and was retired at 27. To find out more head to www.kirstydunphey.com