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strategies and methods that I and my students
While there's a limit to how much you improve
your public speaking skills from just reading,
make the most of all the articles on this site
- here are some more super-critical tips for you:
DO YOU HAVE TOPIC CLARITY?
What exactly is your topic? Do you know what you'll
talk about when you do your Seminar Speaking?
Your first response to this question might be
your general area of business, such as real estate,
chiropractic, or vitamins, but that's really too
general. Ideally you should have at least 3 different
topics identified. A real estate pro, for example,
could have "how to save thousands of dollars on
your first home purchase". Clearly, this talk
is geared to first-time home buyers and their
fear of paying too much. As you think about YOUR
target market's wants and needs, what are some
juicy attention-getting topics you can talk about?
SHOULD YOU EVER SPEAK FOR FREE?
This question comes up in almost every workshop
I teach. There are 2 polarized schools of thought
- you guessed it - some say "NEVER!" others say
"speak anywhere and everywhere you can". I've
done a LOT of both. Almost paradoxically, the
more I've charged, the better-behaved people have
been. Free seminars may tend to attract the something-for-nothing
crowd. In paid seminars, people figure "you get
what you pay for". Here's the bottom line: free
seminars can be great to generate qualified prospects,
but your dropout rate will be higher and your
close rate lower than with paid seminars. In the
final analysis, there's actually a time and place
for both, and there's no substitute for your direct
experience. Do at least 10 of each, and then measure
and evaluate your results carefully. Which is
producing better results for you?
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF ROOM SET UP:
How should you set up your seminar room and arrange
seating? There are several different tried-and-true
room setups. Theater style is most common, with
chairs arranged in rows. Classroom style is also
common, with rows of chairs and tables. Banquet
style is often used when you're serving a meal.
Also, setting tables up in a horseshoe or "U"
design is an all-purpose set up, and is great
to use to give the room a full appearance when
attendance is not very high. The fastest and easiest
room set up style is theater because you can quickly
add or take away chairs and rearrange rows to
suit your room, your mood, and your group. The
way you set up your room is going to affect the
psychology of your group, so choose your room
setup design thoughtfully.
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