Tuesday, June 19, 2007

66 Tips For Better Networking - #11

Route 66 - The Journey Toward Success

Develop Your Public Speaking Skills

Entrepreneurs, lawyers, bankers, and other business professionals should not wait until they need to make an important presentation to investors, clients, board members, employees or buyers to begin to fine tune their presentation skills. Delivering a good presentation is too important to your career to be left to chance.

Speaking skills should be cultivated from the beginning. We have all sat through presentations that were painful to the audience, while the speaker just drones on without ever getting to the point. Your weak presentation skills will always be remembered by those who were subjected to your pontifications.

Toastmasters is a great organization to help anyone become more comfortable with public speaking. While it is a time commitment, I suggest that everyone join a Toastmasters Club and actively participate WEEKLY for two years. At the end of this time they will have the skills to navigate any speaking situation more effectively. While most busy professionals claim they do not have extra time....this is an investment in the future. An investment that will pay incredible dividends.

Through active participation in Toastmasters you will learn valuable tips on presentation preparation, use of vocal variety, gestures, visual aids, appearance, and language. All of these together will lead you toward better success.

Those who are known as great orators are often called upon to speak at conferences, seminars and other business events. Being on panels or teaching courses at these types of gatherings positions you as the expert in your industry. As the expert, you will be able to meet more people and attract more opportunities.

When developing your networking skills, do not ignore your speaking skills.

Have A Great Day.


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