Public Speaking to Boost Your Business
I knew that public speaking would boost my business when I came online as an entrepreneur in 2006, but I was terrified of speaking in front of a group at that time. I soon learned that I had a classic case of glossophobia, which is the fear of speaking in public. I had never experienced anything traumatic around this anxiety, so I was determined to overcome it and make public speaking a supporting business communication tool. I am now a sought after international speaker on the topics of success and entrepreneurship, so it was worth every moment to overcome my fear of public speaking and now you can’t get a microphone away from me!
During my second year as a speaker I can remember the precise moment I felt comfortable presenting my information from the stage. I was speaking at an event put on by Armand Morin in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was something I said that made the audience laugh, and the next thing I knew I was actually having fun with them. Right then I knew that I would always want to be a speaker and that it had all been worth it.
The rewards I experience from speaking are both tangible and intangible. I sell from the stage, meaning that I am not paid to speak on my topics and that the promoter and I share the proceeds of the sales I make while I am at the event. The intangible rewards include knowing that I have successfully shared information with others that has the potential to help them change their life, and knowing that I am doing the work God intended for me.
These days I speak several times a year at venues both in the United States and abroad. I even host my own live events where I am the primary speaker during the three days I am training. Something else I enjoy is speaking at charitable events and for fundraising functions which are close to my heart.
Do you enjoy speaking in front of an audience and have you thought of public speaking as a way to boost your business?