Are you ready to launch your speaking career?
Then read this message with an open mind and apply the powerful tips that will get you on the right track. I know many people are just starting out but these tips will help you launch your speaking career.
When you host conferences or events of high standard, it is imperative that speakers know how to deliver their messages properly and clearly.
However, I have seen that many speakers do not have speaker demo reels either because their speaking engagement was not recorded or they just didn’t know that they needed one.
If you are serious about being a speaker, then understand that the event organizers would want to make sure you are who you say you are and you are capable of delivering what you say you can deliver.
This is why I have written these three preparation tips to launch your speaking career. Look at it like this: if someone says that he can build a website, you would ask for a demo or portfolio, right? That’s it with speaking. Sometimes a list of past speaking events will suffice but be prepared to deliver when asked.
1. Know Your Assignment
Be clear about what you are called to do. Your assignment provides a solution to a specific group of people. Find them and give them that solution so that their deliverance is not delayed.
Your task in carrying out your assignment [regardless of the field] is to help your assignees come out of the “dungeon.”
2. Identify Your Audience
One mistake people make is to try to reach everybody, including those not assigned to them. Listen:
You are not assigned to everybody.
If your message is, for example, to heal broken hearts [and most likely because you experienced the “drama” and came out standing], go for it and deliver to those exact folks [the brokenhearted].
Don’t dilute the message or try to reach people unassigned to the mission [whose hearts aren’t broken] so you don’t waste your time and become upset especially when your message isn’t received the way you expect.
3. Show Your Speaking Reel
Don’t wait for things to be perfect in terms of having a specific amount of money first to do a professional video, to be invited to speak before you help yourself and own your destiny.
Get your speaking reel done by using what you have already in your hand.
Prepare to receive and make good use of your mobile phone camera, hit record and start talking about your message.
Don’t just talk about anything but about the kind of problem that your assignment solves. Keep your videos short, under three minutes is great and straight to the point.
If you are invited to speak anywhere, politely ask the person seated next to you, if he or she can use your phone to record you for at least 5 minutes. When your own mobile phone is used, you are in control of the video file and you can edit it at your convenience. If you don’t want to ask anyone to help you, then attend the event with a friend or assistant.
My suggestion is to ask anyway, you never know!
Question: Need help with identifying your target audience? Let’s talk.
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