One of the best ways to get the word out about your small business and what you do is through speaking and demonstrating. Yet, the very idea of speaking in public strikes fear into the heart of many people. Some literally are afraid they will show up and throw up. I know I use to be one of those people who felt moments from fainting each time I had to speak in public. A 30-second introduction at a networking event got my heart racing, my mind to go blank and 30-seconds felt like hours.
Many people are surprised to learn that I used to be terrified to speak even to a small group. Until I learned, one surprisingly quick and easy cure for the physical responses my mind and body was creating. I’m kicking myself now, because honestly I didn’t believe that this one thing would make such a profound difference not only to my responses, but with the audience response to me as well. It is all because I finally trusted these two words of advice.
Remember – BREATHE.
Before you begin to speak, concentrate on your breathing by taking several deep breaths and focus the inhale with the word “confidence” in your mind then exhale all the tension.
As you begin your speech, remind yourself to continue to breathe low and completely.
If you find yourself forgetting words, adding filler words such as “uhs” and “ahs” or spacing out on parts of your message, you are breathing too quickly. Slow down. Pause and breathe. The new oxygen to the brain will clear the mind and allow you to start fresh.
HELPFUL HINT: I often carry a marker in my left hand and have the left forearm parallel to the ground resting across my abdomen just below my navel. This arm placement is a conscious reminder for me to monitor my breathing. If I am breathing low and completely, the forearm will move in and out as I breathe. (I carry the marker to have something to do with my hand; it’s not necessary to carry it.) I’ve made a pdf of a poster I have on my wall to remind me to breathe, you can download the pdf poster to remind you too if you like.
Speaking of reminders, today at 11am pacific / 2pm eastern is our Monday Morning Momentum Call (no-cost). Today we are going to talk about the Power of What We Say. Last week, we had a lively discussion about survey responses to how we ask the question. There was so much interest, it will be fun to go deeper. TODAY, How The Words We Choose Affect The Clients We Get.
If you have registered before you will be getting a reminder email with the call log-in info. If you haven’t registered use this link: http://whatyourbodysays.com/MMM
Monday Morning Momentum recordings and slide pdfs are published at WYBS http://whatyourbodysays.com/monday-morning-momentum-calls/
Learn How To Get MEDIA Attention — Quick Ideas for Creating Your Own News
This Thursday, October 14th, I’m giving a no-cost webinar —— Quick Ideas for Creating Your Own News. Register at http://whatyourbodysays.com/fmm to get you going quick on creating your own media attention and to preview my newest training to go much deeper into how to do your own PR and YOUR OWN create media attention. This isn’t one of those “in-a-box” info products that gets you all excited and then leaves you alone to struggle your way through finding the time, the focus to get going and to do it right.
I’m going to hold your hand all the way through this one. Join me this Thursday October 14th at 11am pacific / 2pm eastern for this fact-filled, no-cost training, you’ll learn…
* How to CRAFT THE MESSAGES the MEDIA WANTS TO HEAR.
* My STEP-BY-STEP formula for crafting YOUR MEDIA MESSAGE
* Proven strategies for keeping YOU IN THE MEDIA!
…All without being phoney, forced or sales-y.
Plus, learn about the upcoming 6-week course on Getting Media Attention with my signature F*R*E*E Media Magic course starting October 26th. Whether you’re an expert who’s just getting started or an experienced marketer, I’ll show you exactly how to create a media message that gets noticed. All you need to do is follow my step-by-step system to see great results in YOUR business. Learn more at http://www.freemediamagic.com
As a special bonus, register for the 6-week F*R*E*E Media Magic course by October 15th AND YOU WILL RECEIVE at NO-COST a 20-minute Media Mastery Coaching Call With Me so we can laser-focus on your special media needs.
Have a great day whatever your adventure
To Success! To Life!
p.s. Today was World Take a Breath Day. Who knew a day was dedicated to breathing. It’s good to do it everyday….. even when we aren’t speaking in public.