I have been prepping our Speaker's Stage guests for their talks and felt like sharing a few speaking tips for anyone out in the world pitching themselves (aka everyone).
We might be applying for a job, talking to someone in line at the bank, going out on a first date, or trying to connect with a new potential client.
Either way, being able to talk about yourself in 3 minutes or less will keep people engaged in what you are sharing as well as encourage them to dig deeper and get to know you more.
When you have a free moment, it's good to put a three-minute timer on and talk into the mirror to realize how long and short three minutes can really be!
A great simple format when introducing your self is to speak to your objective or desired outcome.
For example, if you want the someone to know you are an author and want them to buy your book then that's how you would introduce yourself.
If you are meeting a handsome man (or woman), you might make it clear that you are single and ready to mingle!
If I am a podcaster and I want you to listen to my podcast then that is how I will introduce myself.
If I am applying for a new job, I will speak about how I align with the company's values and goals.
A bonus component would be to share a bit of your passion and/or expertise.
People love to know each other on a personal level so don't keep it all business or refined.
Let us into your heart and mind a bit!
Another angle you can approach a quick introduction or opportunity to make an impression is by teaching or entertaining to make an impact.
You might tell a quick story or share a lesson you learned in life that has really transformed you.
No matter which format you choose; you could/would/should have a "call to action" (or invitation) at the end of your talk or introduction.
Let people know how they can connect with you and stay in contact!
That may be an email, a social media follow, or an exchangeof phone numbers. Whateves.
You want to leave people wanting more but don't leave them clueless on how to find you out in the world.
Make the connection and nurture it.
I think you might be happy you did.
I hope this gives you the courage you needed today to speak up and share that unleashed heart of yours!
If you would like to practice your public speaking, join us on the Speaker's Stage!
All who would like to speak are welcome.
I would love to have you there.
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