Then, 7 years ago I was an “Independent Financial Advisor” (aka working for myself) and my mentor in the company pushed me infront of 3,000+ people on stage to talk (I had no idea it was coming). It may have been the worst 15 minutes of my life.
I stumbled, mumbled, “uuhhh” “ummm” “likkeee” and was drenched in sweat. Let’s just say I BOMBED it. I decided that day, I’d never set foot near a stage again…
However, just weeks later with some “persistance” and training infront of smaller groups – I started to get the hang of it and was overcoming my fear of public speaking!
Today, I travel the world and regularly speak to hundreds if not thousands – I love it! I make them laugh, cry, jump, sit and even buy 😉
Just 2 days ago I was in the UK presenting at a Seminar on Internet Marketing and thinking about this blog and got to thinking…
Speaking on stage has been HUGE for my business and has had a MASSIVE impact on building my Empire. I’m INCREDIBLY glad I got over my fear and just DID it. It’s helped me…
- Brand my name internationally
- Brand the company internationally
- NETWORKING – Connecting with top people
- Learning – Those late-night “bar sessions” taught me more than anything else!
- Income – I was selling from stage…
The list goes on. So, yes, even if JUST for the branding and networking – I really think you should consider overcoming your fear of public speaking!
Is it easy? No. Will it pay-off? YES!
Can you do it? Listen, I mean it – I was VERY shy and VERY scared when I started, now, you’d think I speak on stage for a living.
Here’s a quick video from this weekend in the UK:
Personal note on SELLING from stage…
I think I’m finally done. I want to speak on stage. I want the crowds to get even bigger, but I think I’m done selling “make money” packages from stage.
As much I believe 100% in what I’m selling, it contributes such LITTLE to our overall revenue and for some reason I feel “dirty” or “slimey” after I get done doing it.
Moving forward after my few next sessions, I’m considering only taking “Keynote” and other sessions where I’m allowed to just deliver training.
I’m not saying others shouldn’t sell on stage – many love doing it and are amazing at it. But, remember your Empire should reflect who YOU are and what YOU want.
For me, something doesn’t feel right about it, so why do it? Right?
Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking…
In a few days I’ll put up a few tips on how to overcome your fear of public speaking – it’s really not that hard. The key is to PRACTICE (like with everything else in life).
I’ll give you some strategies on how to make EXCELLENT presentations and WHERE you can start practicing public speaking.
But, I think for now, the bottom-line lesson is:
Yes, overcoming fear of public speaking can REALLY help your Empire build faster (and your personal brand too) – add it to your “to do” list if you’re scared of it…