So, I’m on the plane headed to a meeting in LA and I’m sitting next to a young boy and his mom. He was “celebrating” his very first flight. I gave them one of my Just for Laffs Comedy CDs as a celebration gift (inexpensive marketing too!).
His enthusiasm made me recall my early days of flying and how I was nervous rather than excited. Then, in true Darren form, my brain went off on a tangent, and I began reflecting back to my early days of speaking.
I can’t remember who I got the advice from, but one professional speaker (Jim Rohn? Brian Tracy? Tony Robbins?) said to celebrate even the smallest successes. Even though I was living with my parents, had a day job, and every penny counted, whenever I booked a paid speech (not much in those days) I would buy myself a new CD. It was my little celebration.
No matter how badly I might want a CD, I disciplined myself NOT to buy it unless I could pay for it with speaking money. This made me work harder to book my next speech, and it turned out to be quite a powerful incentive. Now, those CDs mean more to me than any others in my stack.
How will you celebrate even the little successes?
Are you making any of these Top 10 Speaking Mistakes?