Speaking opens hearts and draws people to you, your business or your ministry. I am always amazed at the comments I receive when I speak to groups: “That just changed my life!” “God showed me the way through what you said.” “I’m so excited – I now know my next step!” “I was so tired when I came but I have been re-energized.”
You ARE an expert in your area and the world needs your message. But you must give it in a way people can hear – that’s vitally important! Schedule one to two hours a week to work specifically on gradually learning how to give a powerful talk or improve your speaking skills.
- Speaking builds relationships and draws people to you
- Speaking is an extension of what you are already doing
- Create a plan for the year – monthly manageable actions you can take without becoming frazzled or overwhelmed.
Okay…get out your calendar and start your action steps!
January: As you make plans for your business, think about how you can add speaking to build relationships with present and future customers. What problem do you have a solution for? What action steps do people need to take? What are you an “expert” on, simply because you live and breathe it? Ask God to speak into you. To get started you can simply download my book, Create and Deliver Your One Powerful Talk.
February: Do some simple training in speaking. You do NOT have to spend money on airfare, hotel room, expensive conferences and time away from your family! Simply go through my book, Create and Deliver Your One Powerful Talk, and begin applying the information. You don’t have to do this all at once! Just begin. You will have several months to work through the book and put a talk together.
March: Most places plan for speakers about six months ahead of time. If you are a beginning speaker, look for places to speak without charging: MOPS groups, women’s networking or professional groups, at an event for a small church, etc. If you are experienced, begin scheduling some engagements for the fall.
April: Visit iBloom Speaking for information about classes and resources that will be helpful for you as you network and develop your talk.
May: Work through my book, Create and Deliver Your One Powerful Talk. Spend extra time developing an effective talk.
June: Have someone review your talk. Invest in hiring a professional to review your talk and give you essential feedback.
July: Make improvements and practice your talk. Again, get feedback about your presentation.
August: Design a handout to go with your talk. Follow the guidelines in Create and Deliver Your One Powerful Talk so that it will be effective for you and your audience.
September: Follow up with the coordinators of the places you’ll be speaking. Continue to make contacts. See yourself as a speaker who has solutions people need.
October: Whether you are an experienced speaker or just starting out, we all need to improve. Check our iBloom website – and this blog – for continued training and mentoring opportunities.
November: Enjoy giving your talks. Get experience. Follow up with coordinators. Ask for referrals.
December: Complete your speaking engagements then relax and enjoy your family. You are well on your way to multiplying your business through speaking. Continue to watch for opportunities to grow along with other passionate/professional women through iBloom Speaker Mentoring.
When you have simple resources and a Mentor to walk alongside you, you can incorporate speaking to multiply your business!
Please share in the comments section your thoughts about adding speaking to your business, or what you are doing now if you have some experience. I’d love to hear your thoughts, questions and desires!