What do you think is the biggest problem with emerging speakers?
Last weekend I was invited to speak to a group of speakers in California about speaking professionally. I asked the audience what they thought were the most valuable assets of a professional speaker.
· Body Language
Most of these are important, but a far second to one of them. Whether audiences pay with their time or their money, they are really paying for just one of them. Which would you guess?
The true benefit to your audience is when you clearly transfer the value of your experience.
What experience? All of it. You are unique. Too many emerging speakers wonder what they should speak about.
Combine your unique experience with the desire to be in front of an audience, and believe me you are different. Some people may have the same experience, but very few want to get one a stage and talk about it.
If you were sitting in our Get Coached to Speak Champ Camp with Fripp, CSP, CPAE and me, it would be so clear to you, as well. The speakers here have amazing stories about their experiences… and they’re not even using them! Why? Because they don’t see the value and the potential in them that Patricia and I see. It’s clear to me — and even more evident to her — especially with her 30 years of speaking experience.
Whether it is business, family, adversities that you have personally faced… please know that THAT is what you should be talking about. The biggest mistake Patricia Fripp and I see, is that most speakers invalidate their own experience.