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Go where people are looking for you

Go where people are looking for you 2560 1707 I Need A Speaker

Some speakers tell us that they have their own website where people can get information on booking them for a speaker event. If this is you, that’s great. We hope you continue that.

But wouldn’t you also want to be found by people who don’t know about your website?

 

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Five-Day Public Speaking Challenge: Day Five

Five-Day Public Speaking Challenge: Day Five 2560 1700 I Need A Speaker

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the final step in the I Need A Speaker Five-Day Challenge! Over the past five days, you’ve fine-tuned your message, considered your audience, learned from others, and developed a compelling speech outline. I bet you know what’s next …

DAY FIVE: PRACTICE

There is an old joke about a man who asked someone for directions while in New York City. “Excuse me,” the man asked a stranger who seemed to know his way around. “Can you tell me how to get to Carnegie Hall?” The stranger replied, “Practice, practice, practice!”

Silly, but true. And it’s the same with public speaking. To get where you want to be, you’ve got to practice.

When you’re ready to debut your work, ask a trusted friend or colleague to watch your presentation. Have them share honest, constructive feedback.

Ask if the reviewer could easily follow along. Find out if they felt an emotional connection. Were you perceived as relatable? Was your presentation delivered with authenticity, value, and effectiveness?

Listen to the feedback with an open mind. Afterward, develop a plan to strengthen your weaknesses and celebrate your successes.

 

We’re so proud of you! Keep up the great work!

Five-Day Public Speaking Challenge: Day Four

Five-Day Public Speaking Challenge: Day Four 2560 1700 I Need A Speaker

Woo hoo! You’re almost there! If you’ve been participating in this challenge since day one, you’ve had a chance to fine-tune your central message(s), consider your audience, and learned from other speakers you admire. Today, let’s do some work on writing an engaging speech outline.

DAY FOUR: CRAFT A COMPELLING SPEECH AROUND YOUR MESSAGE

Let’s work on crafting a compelling speech using powerful elements.

Create an outline as your starting point:

  • Attention-grabbing introduction (stories and anecdotes work well)
  • Transition to central statement and preview of main points
  • Three to five main points, supported with credible sources and smoothly linked
  • Transition to summary/conclusion
  • Memorable conclusion (most effective when referencing introductory story)

As you write, focus on delivering value to your audience. If this is informational, are your word choices appropriate for the audience members’ level of knowledge on the subject? If this is motivational, have you included a call to action when necessary?

Use active verbs and descriptive language.

Infuse the presentation with appropriate emotion and enthusiasm.

Name your sources.

 

Check back tomorrow for the last step of our five-day challenge. Know someone who might benefit? Pass this along!

Five-Day Public Speaking Challenge: Day Three

Five-Day Public Speaking Challenge: Day Three 2560 1700 I Need A Speaker

Welcome back to the five-day public speaking challenge! We hope you’re feeling as inspired and energized as we are!

By now, you’ve had a chance to fine-tune your message and think carefully about your audience. Today we’re going to focus on role models.

DAY THREE: LEARN FROM THE BEST

Watch speakers whose work you admire and take notes on their organization, delivery, and ability to connect with the audience.

How do those speakers connect with their audience using verbal and non-verbal language?

How do your role model speakers bring energy and enthusiasm to the presentation?

What kind of language do they use?

How, if at all, do the speakers use visual or audio aids?

Do they incorporate storytelling in their talks?

Do the speakers infuse their remarks with appropriate emotion?

How do these speakers make you feel?

Now consider how you can apply the most effective techniques to your presentation.

 

Check back tomorrow for the step four of our five-day challenge. Know someone who might benefit? Pass this along!

Five-Day Public Speaking Challenge: Day Two

Five-Day Public Speaking Challenge: Day Two 2560 1700 I Need A Speaker

Welcome to the second day of the I Need A Speaker Five-Day Public Speaking Challenge! Hopefully you have fine-tuned your message (day one lesson) and are ready to tackle the next step.

DAY TWO: IDENTIFY YOUR AUDIENCE

Think about who you hope to reach and what result you seek.

Ask yourself these questions: Who is the best audience for your message? What change do you hope to create? What matters to the people you hope to reach? What are your audience members’ values? How, if at all, must I adapt my key messages for various audience types?

Check back tomorrow for the third step in our five-day challenge. Know someone who might benefit? Pass this along!

Five-Day Public Speaking Challenge: Day One

Five-Day Public Speaking Challenge: Day One 2560 1700 I Need A Speaker

I Need A Speaker is here to help you achieve your public speaking goals. We believe that a powerful message and a passion to share it are the foundational elements of an effective public speaker.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional who engages audiences regularly or a newcomer to the (virtual) stage, there is always opportunity to examine your approach and make changes as needed.

Are you ready to polish your presentation skills? If so, join us for this challenge – and become a better public speaker in just five days!

DAY ONE: FINE-TUNE YOUR MESSAGE

What do you want to say? Ask yourself what takeaways you want your audience to recall. Next, finalize your central message(s).

Write it out and test it on potential audience members if you can. Use results-oriented language to express your message in a compelling, attractive way.

For example, rather than writing something like “Why It’s Important to Build a Strong Team,” consider language like, “The Five Keys to Building a Cohesive, High-Performance Team.”

What result do you deliver?

Check back tomorrow for the second step in our five-day challenge. Know someone who might benefit? Pass this along!

I’ll tell you what I want – what I really, really want!

I’ll tell you what I want – what I really, really want! 1709 2560 I Need A Speaker

Whether you’re having an in-person or virtual event, one thing that never changes is your audience getting excited about giveaways. We all love the swag and gift bags. What’s the difference? Swag is usually branded, and gifts are focus on value, rather than brand recognition.

I researched what conference and meeting attendees are hoping to receive in 2021.

Having a virtual office party? Attendees are thrilled to receive:

  • Cocktail and mocktail recipes/kits
  • Apparel
  • Personalized items
  • High-end office supplies, like leather journals and luxury pens
  • Food baskets

For a corporate event or meeting, it’s best to provide:

  • Eco-friendly items, like reusable shopping bags and water bottles
  • Snack and beverage boxes
  • High-end office supplies, like leather journals and luxury pens
  • Virtual gift cards for coffee shops, restaurants
  • Tech items: wireless charging pads, earbuds, Bluetooth speakers, flash drives
  • Small live plants that thrive well indoors (think succulents, snake plants)
  • Wellness items (resistance bands, free weights, meditation app membership)

Limited budget? Send:

  • Virtual greeting cards
  • Handwritten notes
  • Electronic gift cards

If you’re sending something via postal mail or a shipping service, you’ll have to ensure that you have accurate addresses for your attendees. Check with the shipping vendor to find out the best time to send the packages to ensure that they arrive on time.

Communicate clearly if you want attendees to open the package at a specific time. For example, if you’re sending live plants, you’ll want those opened upon arrival. To set up a shared experience, ask attendees to be patient and wait until the event begins.

Customize your experience with great, relevant content and fun giveaways!

Show me the money! Why a one-time, full payment is your best option.

Show me the money! Why a one-time, full payment is your best option. 2560 1707 I Need A Speaker

When booking speaking engagements, some presenters only tend to focus on the client expectations and the bottom line. Although both are important, it’s also in speakers’ best interests to incentivize clients to pay in full prior to the engagement.

Why is this so important? Being paid in full ensures that events will not be canceled due to external factors, changes in management preferences, budgetary reductions, or other reasons. Here are some ways you can incentivize clients to hand you the money now:

  • Pre-event survey. Include a pre-event and/or post-event survey to collect audience information that’s valuable to your client.
  • Discount. Some companies have a policy that they must accept any available discounts. You may opt to offer a 2 to 5 percent discount with payment in full, which nets much more than zero if the event were to be canceled.
  • Follow-up coaching. Might your audience benefit from follow-up coaching by phone or Zoom?
  • Additional content. Add the temptation of a checklist, flow chart, questionnaire, or other reference piece.
  • Supplemental reading. Allow the benefits of your presentation to continue by offering material written or selected by you.
  • Debrief and recommendations. Suggest a post-meeting review of what went well, what could be improved, and how your audience might benefit from additional training or presentations. Your client will get a sense of your success and develop ways to engage your services in the future.

UK podcast highlights benefits of public speaking with I Need A Speaker

UK podcast highlights benefits of public speaking with I Need A Speaker 452 158 I Need A Speaker

What a thrill to be on Julia Silver’s Qualified Tutor podcast! Qualified Tutor is a UK-based professional development community for tutors.

Tricia Richards-Service, founder of I Need A Speaker, discussed the benefits of lifelong learning. She also talked about the ways public speaking can benefit people by increasing their visibility for jobs and promotions; enhancing their interpersonal skills; and giving them greater self-confidence to be advocates for themselves and others.

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1mggD2j9TKlTCMHjBcZ1pB?si=ohBnpj5tSRyhlvySSI6aAg

Do you have a podcast? If so, we’d be happy to share the benefits of public speaking to help your audience maximize their potential. E-mail us at info@ineedaspeaker.com

You asked, we answered – agency rate available now

You asked, we answered – agency rate available now 2560 1700 I Need A Speaker

Owners and managers of advertising and public relations agencies have asked, “Hey! We represent a lot of people! Do you have agency rates?”

Now we do! Want to know more? E-mail us at info@ineedaspeaker.com for details.

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