CANHi.  Winnie Griggs here, with the next installment in my posts about speaking engagements.  So far we've covered why book speaking engagements, dealing with butterflies, selecting a topic, creating a speaker resume and finding speaking venues.  Today we’re going to talk about how to actually pitch your talk. 

Once you have selected your topic, have your resume together and have located possible speaking opportunities, how do you let folks know you’re ready and willing?

Well, first you need to make certain you can effectively convey what it is you’re offering.  You do this in two steps:

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CANHi.  Winnie Griggs here, with the next installment in my posts about speaking engagements.  So far we've covered why book speaking engagements, dealing with butterflies  selecting a topic and creating a speaker resume.  Today we’re going to talk about finding speaking opportunities. 

Whether you just want to build up your confidence or build up your resume, you can start by seeking out opportunities in your own back yard.  Local organizations are always looking for speakers.  

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CANHi.  Winnie Griggs here again with the next installment in my posts about speaking engagements.  So far we've covered why book speaking engagements, dealing with butterflies and selecting a topic.  Today we’re going to talk about creating your speaker’s resume.

Why is that necessary?  Well a speaker resume is a great tool for growing your opportunities to secure better speaking engagements.   And coordinators for conferences and workshops, who often get flooded with applications and proposals, will use this document to evaluate the potential speakers against each others and against their particular needs.  This may be the ONLY tool they use to decide whether to issue you an invitation or not.

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CANHi.  Winnie Griggs here again with the next installment on my posts about speaking engagements.  So far we’ve covered why you might want to book speaking engagements and dealing with those butterflies.  Today we’re going to focus on selecting a topic, in other words, what do you talk about.

For those just testing the waters of speaking engagements, I would suggest you take stock of your personal skills and interests, and choose something you feel comfortable discussing.

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Winnie Griggs here again, back with the next post on speaking engagements.  As promised in my last post, today I’m going to talk about working through the fear.

 In my last post I mentioned that fear of public speaking is very real and very prevalent.   Mark Twain said it best, "There are two types of speakers: those that are nervous and those that are liars".  While that may be a bit of an exaggeration, it’s probably not too far off the mark.

 

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