Based on the number of phone calls that we have been receiving lately it seems that more and more people want to become motivational speakers.
They have either been told that they “should become a motivational speaker” or “someone enjoyed listening to them tell a story” or “you could make money speaking!”
Becoming a motivational, professional, keynote speaker is not easy; it takes time, hard work, and passion! And not everyone succeeds.
Does the thought of standing in front of a room full of people make your heart race? Are there butterflies fluttering in unison in your stomach? Guess what? You are human! These feelings are all normal and your adrenaline is well and flowing!
Questions to answer first:
Would the topic that you have chosen be of interest to others?
Have you overcome or had a life experience that you want to share and encourage others that are going through a similar situation?
Are you enthusiastic and passionate about your topic?
Are you confident?
How are your tone, pitch, and grammar?
Some suggestions to get started include:
Write out your speech, revise at least 10 times until you are excited and feel others will be excited to hear your final product.
Stand in front of a mirror and practice, practice, practice.
Ask a close friend, or relative (someone that will be honest with you and you will not get mad at them for their honesty,) to watch you and listen so they can give you their feedback.
Accept their recommendations and revise your speech in the areas where they had questions or their constructive comments were shared with you. Then gather a small group and do your presentation for them.
Don’t allow their facial expressions to distract you. Keep going. Be focused. Remember that you are the one that knows what you are talking about, you are the expert. Start building your confidence to deliver a great program and receive kudos from your audience.
Watch speakers that you admire and observe how they connect with the audience. What are they doing that appeals to you?
Organizations that will help develop and turn you into the speaker that others will want to hear speak include:
Toastmasters International – A Non-profit organization developing public speaking and leadership skills through practice and feedback in local clubs since 1924.
National Speakers Association (NSA) Resources and networking opportunities for professional speakers
Women Speakers Association (WSA) is THE go-to place for innovative leaders, change-agents and women with a message to connect, collaborate and grow their visibility worldwide in order to fulfill their mission.
My gift to you, free associate membership
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I have made resolutions in years past to no avail. Within 15 days they have gone out the window. I just can’t seem to stick to them. This year I have decided to use a different strategy. After looking up the definition of Resolution I am setting GOALS for myself!
Definition in Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
RESOLUTION: the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc. :the act of resolving something
GOAL: something that you are trying to do or achieve
Here are some of the Goals that I commit to accomplish in 2016:
Begin each day on a positive ~ Let go of negative thoughts.
Become a better listener. Stop thinking of what I’ll say next while someone is talking to me.
Stop chasing squirrels. Focus!
Stop comparing myself to others. I am unique!
Don’t dwell on resentment. Let go of past wrongdoings.
Don’t compete, be inspired by others!
Reach out and show appreciation to one of my connections on a daily basis.
Invest in myself. Read more, feed my brain.
Pray and Praise every day!
Now is your turn. What goals are you setting for yourself?
While reading my daily devotional I had what felt like a nudging. I am following that prompting by making this my December blog post.
We all deserve kindness. Instead of one season, let’s begin the “Seasons of Kindness!” What is holding us back from being kind to each other all year round? Nothing at all! This is an opportunity for all of us.
I wish each and every one of you Peace and Joy in 2016!
When it comes to customer service it can either rate high or it can rate low. What you teach your employees is what will keep customers coming back or having them looking and going to someone else.
I recently had an experience that triggered frustration and reminded me of what makes me stay with a supplier.
I had questions about an issue that needed a reply. I felt that the quickest way was to send an email to the person that could give me an answer. I sent the email. I did not hear back from them. Since it was not an urgent matter I waited a week to forward the original email, in case the original had not been received, still NO REPLY. I had heard that they would be busy for a few days after I had sent my second email so I allowed for a few days to hear from them, still NO REPLY! I decided to follow up with a phone call. Three weeks after my initial email, I called.
Guess what? When the person answered, they did not apologize. All that I was told was that my emails had been received and read, but they had been super-busy working long days! No apology given!
My response was that “Courtesy, or the lack thereof, for not acknowledging my emails was unacceptable. The fact that the emails had been received and read without a quick and brief ‘Sorry, but we will have to get back to you in a few days’ would have been appreciated.”
Lo and behold, that same afternoon I received an email with the issue explained and handled. But it took two emails and a phone call from a frustrated customer! As far as I am concerned, they will not be receiving referrals from me.
Long days are no excuse for lack of acknowledgment. Don’t have an answer to the question is no excuse for not responding. Send a quick note to confirm receipt of the email. Let the customer know that you will get back to them with the answer, and then do it!
When you show you care, respect others, and treat everyone the way you would like to be treated, you will grow your business and rate high in the referral scale.
Courtesy and Integrity, both internally and externally, should be the guidelines for how you run your business.
Hearing and listening are two different things. Interesting facts: When you hear something your ears send the message to your brain. While listening takes attention for you to be able to respond.
Don’t just listen while paying attention to your surroundings. Don’t think about what you are going to say next, you are not listening to the full exchange. Don’t interrupt the person that is talking to interject your comment.
To really listen, we need to be paying attention to everything that is being said to us. Be sure that you are facing and looking at the speaker. Acknowledge the person by giving non-verbal and verbal feedback. A quick “I understand” or a nod. Ask or repeat what you think you heard, that way there will not be misunderstandings.
While they are speaking, even if you don’t agree with what you heard, wait until they stop talking. Give the other person the opportunity to clarify or give more details. Are you looking at their facial expressions, gestures, or nonverbal cues?
Put yourself in their place. Think of the satisfaction you feel when you are able to confirm that someone took the time to actually listen to what you had to say!
Now, let’s go out there and encourage others to listen!
Your Abundant Talent Connector
Networking is your opportunity to meet new people, make connections and build relationships. Be sure to have lots of business cards with you.
Make sure that your name, email address and phone numbers are easy to read. No fancy tiny or light colored fonts, they are hard to read.
When attending a networking event, be prepared. You may encounter the “Business Card Shover.” “Here is my business card” as they hand you their card and move on to their next victim and they have not even said hello or asked your name!
Are you going to keep that card? Or are you going to throw it away as soon as you find a garbage can?
As you make the rounds in the event you will be able to start making new connections. Start a conversation, introduce yourself and listen for and repeat the person’s name. People like to hear their name.
Ask them what they do, and give them a chance to tell you and be sure to listen to their answer. This is the time to exchange business cards. Ask for their card and ask if they would like yours. Remember when you receive a card, to take a moment to show interest and look at it.
If it is going to be an event with a diverse group of attendees, be sure to take time before and learn about the customs of other countries. You’ll be surprised on the differences that there might be, i.e., shaking hands, receiving a business card, etc. You definitely don’t want to be disrespectful with a new acquaintance.
As soon as you have a moment, turn the card over and write something to remind you about the person you just met, the location, and the date. This will make a big difference when it comes to following up and also with cleaning out your files.
Separate the received cards from your own cards. There’s nothing more embarrassing than handing out someone else’s card and having to take it back. One easy way is when you have a left and a right pocket, left for received and right for giving.
Be sure to follow up with a note, email, or phone call. Don’t take longer than a couple of weeks. Stay fresh in their minds.
And don’t forget to have your business cards with you at all times. That includes when you go to the grocery store or the doctor. You don’t know when you will meet someone that could become a great connection. And if they don’t have a business card you can always write their information on the back of one of yours!
Your Abundant Talent Connector
When you apply for a job, be sure that your image is a reflection of your potential!
Do you want to be taken seriously? Do you want to project a professional image? Make a great first impression, you only have one chance!
Do you want to move up in the organization? How you present yourself at all times will make you memorable. Help others think of you when there is an opening
“Dress down Fridays” has really gone beyond what it was meant to be in some organizations. Don’t dress down! You can dress comfortably while still looking professional.
You do not have to spend a lot of money to put together a great couple of outfits. Mixing and matching the right pieces will save you time and also will help you look “put-together.”
Clean nails. Not too much cologne/perfume if you wear it. Some Organizations have a No perfume/cologne policy because of employee’s allergies. Ladies, don’t wear too much make-up, less is more! Not too much jewelry.
Take pride in what you are wearing and how you look, your self-confidence will soar and others will take notice!
Whether you are a man or a woman, make an effort, take pride in the way you look!
With Social Media postings and paparazzi photographers chasing entertainers and movie stars it is hard to avoid the photos and the shows where we get to see it all!
Just because: ~ The entertainer wearing the much-lower-than- below-the-waist pants looks fine. ~ A popular movie/TV star was wearing an outfit that left little to the imagination! ~ does not mean that it will look good on you and you should wear it also!
When was the last time that you looked in the mirror before you went out the door? Or maybe you don’t want to look in the mirror and just want to wear whatever.
Don't dress for others!
Don't wear it because others do!
When you go shopping for yourself
1) Do you look for styles that will flatter your body type?
2) Do you make time to match the best color to wear with your complexion?
3) Do you feel comfortable in the way you look?
4) Learn to Accessorize!
You don’t need to spend a lot of money to look and feel good. Accept who you are and dress to look your best!
Best to reflect a professional presence than to reflect one that will show up in someone's FB page!
Memorial Day is not just a long weekend, for family gatherings and having Monday off.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day … en.wikipedia.org
Remembering with gratitude those that gave their lives! Heartfelt THANK YOU! to the men and women that fight for our freedom today!
How often do you feel insignificant? How many times have you told yourself that you don’t matter?
Have I got good news for you! You are not insignificant. You do matter!
How do you start believing in yourself? One day at a time!
Our minds are our worst enemy. What you feed it is what you are and do. Taking steps to change your thoughts is not easy, but you can do it!
It is not going to be easy at first, but you need to let go of negative thoughts, and begin thinking positive thoughts!
All it takes is “YOU Believing in Yourself! And Others Will Believe in You!” © Mary G. Mora