Public speaking can be a challenge for a lot of us. It’s a little nerve wrecking to have all these people looking at you. And they are listening to what you are saying. What if you forget the words? What if your point won’t come across? Even if speaking during a conference can be scary and takes a lot of time and effort, you should really do it. Why?
It’s an honour to be asked
They don’t ask you to speak at their conference because all the other interesting people had something else to do. They are asking you because they see something in you. Something that fits right in with the subject or theme. Are you not sure why they wanted you? Ask! And use it for your speech.
Think outside the box
Speaking at an event can be a great opportunity to do something else for a change. To prepare for a speech you really have to imagine yourself being the listener. What would be interesting to see or hear? How can you bring something new to the table? Preparing for a speech is a very creative process, I am sure you will like it!
It broadens your network
Speaking at a conference is a great conversation starter for others to talk to you. Meeting all these people is great, but if you’re smart you can really broaden your network. Bring business cards and give them to people who are interesting or who could help you in the future. Invite people you recently met for a coffee. Networking is a verb, keep that in mind.
People remember stories
Nobody remembers the statistics, but they do remember your anecdote about how your company started out and how you transformed it into a success. Such memories are worth a lot, it’s great PR for you and the company you represent!
Have you ever spoken during a conference? Tell me all about it in the comments!