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The Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking Checklist™

The Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking Checklist

The Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking Checklist™

The Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking  Checklist™

 

Are you ready to overcome your fear of public speaking? Are you nervous about the idea of getting the attention that comes from being in the spotlight? I understand. It can be frightening. But now that you understand the power of public speaking to position you as an authority and an expert, you are ready to get started. You are preparing yourself to make a positive first impression. This episode of My Biz Dream Team: Opportunity Wednesday Training Series highlights “The Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking Checklist™.” 

 

“The Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking Checklist™

Now that you decided that you are going to position yourself as a thought leader, expert, and authority by either:

  1. Starting a podcast series
  2. Starting a teleseminar series
  3. Starting a Facebook Live video series
  4. Starting to speak in your local community

I hope that you are excited about the opportunity to grow and showcase your expertise.

To help you overcome the fear of public speaking this checklist focuses on how you can expand your comfort zone. Following “The Overcoming Your Fear of Public Speaking Checklist”, you will:

  • Seek out three new people at a party, church or other gathering and initiate conversation
    • Go to a local workshop and do one or more of the following:
    • Ask the speaker a question
    • Volunteer for any activities that involve standing up, speaking aloud or going to the front of the room
  • Introduce yourself to three new people after the workshop presentation
  • Look for other local opportunities to interact more readily with people that you do not know. Consider visiting local chamber of commerce events or Rotary Club Meetings.
  • Set goals for the type of speaking and interaction you will engage in before going to events.
  • Realize that you are deliberately stepping out of your comfort zone and putting yourself in front of people and speaking regularly. Your purposeful and intentional efforts are part of your plan to become desensitized to the novelty and overcome the fear of public speaking.

Conclusion/Call to Action

As you plan to overcome your fear of public speaking, intentionally set goals and challenges for yourself. “The Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking Checklist ™ ” provides you 5 steps that you can implement immediately to help you on the strategic pathway to success and leadership.

 

At My Biz Dream Team, we can show you how to develop an internet lifestyle business that can help you reach your money goals. Check out The Strategic Pathway to Success Program™. Let us show you how to reach your goal of creating a lifestyle and a business that you love! Act today.

 I am Pamela Montgomery, attorney, author, entrepreneur, and speaker, helping you create the life of your dreams as you achieve uncommon results in your business and in your life!

 

 

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Start Your Speech with a Powerful Hook

Start Your Speech with a Powerful Hook

Start Your Speech with a Powerful Hook

Start Your Speech with a Powerful Hook

Are you wondering how to start your speech? Are you wondering what separates a boring speaker from one who is engaging and successful? It has been my experience, after making hundreds of presentations, that you must start your speech with a powerful hook. Having a powerful hook at the beginning of your speech marks you as a confident and prepared presenter. As an entrepreneur, you want to make a great first impression.  Remember, you can use public speaking to attract  new clients. As I mentioned in a recent blog post, speaking on a regular basis helps you quickly overcome your fear of public speaking. Having a scripted and rehearsed hook as part of your opening helps you start your speech strong.

1. What is a Hook?

What is a “hook?” A hook is defined as something designed to catch your audience’s. attention. You want to start your speech with a powerful hook. You use your “hook” to reel in the audience to focus on your message. As the presenter, once you start your speech you want to grab their attention immediately. Those first 30 seconds are crucial.

2. Examples of a Hook

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is an example of how to start your speech with a great hook.  Lincoln started by saying, “Four score and 7 years ago, our fathers bought forth on this continent a new nation.” He could have easily said “87 years ago.” But he chose to make the audience think about what he had to say.

In music, the “hook” is usually the catchy chorus that everyone remembers. I just love the hook from “Happy.” Just a few years ago everyone was walking around singing, “cause I’m happy.”  We may not have known any other words from the song, but we knew the “hook”.

Here are a few songs with my favorite hooks: (1) “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (2) “Beat It” (3) “I Will Survive.”

3. Ways to Hook Your Audience

Bruna Martinuzzi, in a recent article, discusses “12 Ways to Hook an Audience in 30 Seconds.”  A few of the hooks she mentioned are: (1) a story; (2) a quote; and (3) statistics.

Martinuzzi, also talks about the power of using a series of rhetorical questions. According to Martinuzzi, a series of questions stimulates the audience’s mind as they ponder the answers.

These are four great ways to start a speech or presentation. Telling a quick story, sharing an interesting quote or statistic, or asking a series of questions engages your audience’s emotions.  These are powerful ways to get their attention.

I prefer to use questions to engage the audience’s attention in the beginning of a presentation. I usually use two questions to pull the audience into the conversation I plan to have with them. From the beginning, I signal that this is not a lecture. We will be having a conversation.

Even if the organizer calls your presentation a lecture, let your audience know otherwise. You and the audience will be interacting with each other. Your “hook” will set the stage for the conversation to follow.

Conclusion/Call to Action

Are you ready to make a fabulous first impression with your next speech or presentation? Then you need to start your speech with a powerful hook. There are several hooks you can use to capture your audience’s attention in those first 30 seconds. For example, you could use:

  1. A series of questions
  2. A story
  3. Statistics
  4. A quote

Use a “hook” to set the stage for a powerful interaction between you and your audience.

 

At My Biz Dream Team, we can show you how to develop an internet lifestyle business that can help you reach your money goals. Check out The Strategic Pathway to Success Program™. Let us show you how to reach your goal of creating a lifestyle and a business that you love! Act today.

 I am Pamela Montgomery, attorney, author, entrepreneur, and speaker, helping you create the life of your dreams as you achieve uncommon results in your business and in your life!

 

 

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How to Brainstorm Your Non-Fiction Book in 10 Easy Steps

How to Brainstorm Your Non-fiction Book

How to Brainstorm Your Non-fiction Book

How to Brainstorm Your Non-Fiction Book

How to brainstorm your non-fiction book is the topic of this episode of My Biz Dream Team: Opportunity Wednesday Training Series. Writing a non-fiction book can feel unmanageable. You may feel overwhelmed and frustrated by the process. We have separated the process into 10-steps that will help you deal with those feelings.

Before you sit down to write your book, be sure to plan. Many of our recent posts and podcasts have been about the preparation you make before you start writing.  This is the last in a 3-part series on how to brainstorm your non-fiction book.

Recap of Previous Episodes: How to Brainstorm Your Non-fiction Book

First, here is the recap of the previous two episodes.

Step 1: What is the goal for your book?

This is the first step that many first-time authors skip. However, it is probably the single most important decision that you need to make.

Step 2: What will your book be about?

You must refine your message. Who is your ideal client? Why does he need your book? What unique insight can you provide?

Step 3: How will you incorporate your story into your book?

Remember that you have an important message that only you can share. It is your job to uncover and share your unique story.

 Step 4: Conduct research

You want to do research on the top 10 books in your niche. This is not to copy them, but to get a sense of what is selling. What types of books does your audience buy? How can you address their problem from a different point of view? What is your unique position on the issues and problems of your audience?

 Step 5: Outline and Organize your Content.

Remember that your outline keeps you focused. Your outline tells you what to put in the book. It also tells you what to leave out.

 Step 6: Set Goals, Deadlines

Give yourself a deadline and then announce it! Do not let yourself off the hook!

Summary of Episode 3: How to Brainstorm Your Non-fiction Book

Now to the last four steps in how to brainstorm your non-fiction book. We discuss these four steps in detail in the podcast.

Step 7: Develop a plan for dealing with distractions and procrastination.

You should anticipate distractions and develop a plan. For example, you can plan to keep family and friends away while you are writing by turning off the phone and closing the door to your office.

  Step 8: Choose a publishing platform for your book.

Unless your goal is to publish a New York times, bestseller, then a combination of Kindle and Create space (Amazon’s print on demand company) is probably the right choice for you. This option allows you to get your book out quickly.

 Step 9: Choose the design for the book cover.

Your cover must (1) grab a reader’s attention the instant they see it, (2) pique the interest of a casual browser, and (3) quickly explain what your book is about.  Also, make sure that the cover is consistent with the overall branding of your business. To find out more about branding read this article.

 Step 10: Planning the launch of your book

You want to start immediately to create buzz about your book. You can do it in a variety of ways. For example,

       Being a guest on podcasts or blogs in your niche

       Getting interviewed in newspapers or magazines

       Paid advertisements on social media

Remember that your book launch will have two distinct goals:

1.     Pre-release—to let everyone know about your upcoming book and to get them excited about it.

2.     Post-release—to make sales

Conclusion/Call to Action

This 3- part series on how to brainstorm your non-fiction is a key part of our efforts to help you jumpstart your success in 2017. Following these 10 steps will make your book-writing experience more manageable and less overwhelming. Preparing and planning before you begin to write your non-fiction book is essential for your success.

Leave us a comment below to let us know if you plan to write a non-fiction book in 2017.

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Build Your Authority Status with Creative Content

Do You Have Authority Status?

Do You Have Authority Status?

Build Your Authority Status with Creative Content

Producing creative content is one of the best ways to build your authority status. For example, one blog post could potentially reach thousands of people and establish you as a credible player in your area of expertise.  You can leverage the power of the internet to create, share, and publish authority boosting content.  There are several ways to do this.  This article will discuss a few.

Write Blog Posts

One of the best ways to produce creative content is to have your own website where you write your own blog posts that present top quality information. At My Biz Dream Team we consistently publish 2-3 high quality posts each week. Be sure to share what you know. Answer your audience's question. You can also talk about industry news and provide solutions for your audience's problems. Make sure that the blogs that you produce are consistently of good quality and value. Let your professionalism and expertise shine through in the content.

In addition to writing blog posts for your own website, you may want to guest blog. Find a reputable industry leader who creates value-laden content. Once you have the opportunity to guest blog make the most of it. Be sure to have a clear call to action that will motivate the readers to click through and visit your website.

Another way to use blogs to your advantage is to make comments on other authoritative blogs. Be sure that your comments are substantive. This is a great opportunity to be seen in a positive light that positions you as an authority.

Publish a Book

Publishing a book is a fantastic way to establish your authority status.  Nothing opens more doors for other opportunities like a book. You position yourself above others in your niche by writing a book. Digital publishing has never been easier. Opportunities to publish on Kindle or Create Space did not exist 20 years ago. Don't wait any longer to take advantage of this opportunity to make a name for yourself in a very big way. You should start brainstorming today and writing your book. If you don't have time to write it all down, speak it. That's how we created one of our books, The Book on Investing: Create the Life of Your DreamsWe made an outline of topics we wanted included in the book.  Then we recorded the conversation we had about those topics. Our book emerged from the recorded conversation.  It made the idea of “writing” a book much easier.  You can try it our way or you can hire a ghost writer to help you.

Hold Live Events

Consider holding live events like webinars or teleseminars to provide value-laden information to people who want to learn more from you. These live events work very much like a published book to establish your authority status. Every Wednesday, we hold a live teleseminar training program: My Biz Dream Team: Opportunity Wednesday Training Series. People tend to naturally give authority status to people who are published and to people who “teach” and speak in public. Holding your own live events gives your credibility and authority status a huge bump.

Conclusion

There are so many opportunities to create high quality, authority building content today. You should take advantage of the power of the internet to: (1) write blog posts; (2) publish a book; and (3) hold live events.  You may also want to consider publishing articles in traditional magazines and newspapers. These opportunities and others allow you to showcase your expertise. They also help you to become recognized as an authority figure in you niche.

To find out more about building your authority continue to follow us at My Biz Dream Team on our blog,  on our podcast, or on the weekly teleseminar training program: The My Biz Dream Team: Opportunity Training Series.

 

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Create Content to Increase Your Authority Status Podcast Episode 8:3

Create Content that Builds Your Authority Status

Create Content to Increase Your Authority Status

Create Content to Increase Your Authority Status

One of the best ways to build your authority status is to consistently create content that your audience finds valuable. In this episode of My Biz Dream Team: Opportunity Wednesday Training Series, we discuss several ways to create content that will boost your authority status. Listen in as we share our ideas to help you build credibility, visibility, and authority.

Tip 1: Create a Blog

Owning your on space on the internet is the ideal way to show case your expertise. If you create content that is informative and full of value, then  your audience and potential list of clients will grow. You should strive to consistently provide solutions to your audience's problems and also to share industry news. Remember to leave comments on the blog posts of leaders in your industry. These comments help position you in a positive light.

Tip 2: Create a Podcast

You can create content that is not in writing. Other types of content can also be persuasive. You can try infographics, videos, or audio podcasts. We enjoy producing a weekly podcast that includes guest interviews and training sessions for entrepreneurs.  You can find out how you can produce your own impactful podcast series in our Special Report and Training Guide: The Podcasting Power Playbook.  Exploring other ways to create content opens up doors to a wider audience.

Tip 3: Create an Information Product

One great way to connect with your audience is to create content that allows them to learn more in-depth information from you. For example, you could create home study courses. These courses could be delivered via an email or a membership site. You may want to include a video or audio component to your information product. You could also teach part of the course live.

There are so many options for you to exercise your creativity to create content that is informative, compelling, and valuable to your audience and clients.

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