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How to Quickly Increase Your Visibility with Public Speaking

Increase Your Visibility with Public Speaking

Increase Your Visibility with Public Speaking

How to Increase Your Visibility with Public Speaking

As an author, entrepreneur, or coach one of the best ways to boost your business success is to increase your visibility with public speaking. I have given hundreds of presentations during a lifetime of being a paid speaker, attorney, and seminar presenter.

Therefore, if you want to increase your visibility then get started with public speaking today.

Do not put this off because you find it to be uncomfortable.

Sometimes you must do what is uncomfortable, if you want to achieve uncommon results!

Perhaps you are like me. I put off doing things that are unfamiliar.

To address my unpleasant habit, I am starting a 40-Day Procrastination Fast.

This is not your typical fast where I give up food. During this fast I am giving up an unpleasant habit that I have developed.

I call my unpleasant habit my “Scarlett O'Hara Syndrome.” I put off today, what I can do tomorrow. Sometimes, tomorrow never comes.

So, starting today, all those projects that have been piling up and never accomplished, get ticked off one at a time.

The first project on my list, is this blog post.

Dexter and Pamela Montgomery

Dexter and Pamela Montgomery

Increase Your Visibility with Public Speaking Today, Not Tomorrow

Today, my focus is public speaking. Nothing helps you gain greater visibility and authority than speaking in public. You must start to increase your visibility with public speaking today.  Do not wait until tomorrow.

Is putting off public speaking your unpleasant habit? If so, then join me in this 40-Day Procrastination Fast. Grab the opportunity today, to increase your visibility with public speaking.

Seek out opportunities to share what you know.

If you are an author, small business owner, entrepreneur, or life coach you must leave the comfort of the computer, or wherever you hide out. If you want greater visibility, then stand up and be seen.

Look for Public Speaking Opportunities at Your Church

You can volunteer to speak at your church to increase your visibility.

Speaking in front of people who already know, trust, and like you, will increase your visibility and build your confidence. With increased confidence you can begin to add other public speaking opportunities.

Look for Public Speaking Opportunities at Local Service Clubs

Check out your local service organizations, (Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis) who are looking for speakers every week. Volunteer to speak at their meeting.

Local libraries, business associations (like the Chamber of Commerce), and civic associations are always looking for speakers. Therefore, contact those types of organizations in your local community.

Be bold in your commitment to increase your visibility with public speaking. Do not the fear of doing something unfamiliar hold you back from your destiny.

Prepare a 15-20- minute signature speak that you give on your topic. As you continue to give your speech, you will get better. Remember that preparation is the key.

At my local rotary Club, for the past several weeks, I have given a 3-minute introduction of our guests that highlights them and the best aspects of Rotary International. The perception of me as a leader, increased exponentially as I stepped up and showcased my public speaking ability.

Tackle Your Fear of Public Speaking

If you are afraid of public speaking, I say, “Just get over it.” You must learn to tackle your fear of public peaking.

If you want to elevate your business, then you must showcase your expertise. Let the world, or at least your community, know of the experience and expertise that you offer.

As an entrepreneur, you are a leader. As a leader you can not sit on the sideline. Instead you must learn to transform your mindset from an employee to an entrepreneur as you “Step into Your Power.”

You can quickly overcome your fear of public speaking by scheduling yourself to regularly speak. The more frequently that you engage in public speaking, the more confidence you will develop.

Conclusion/Call to Action

Jumpstart your success by beginning to increase your visibility with public speaking. This is the best way to build your authority status as a recognized expert in your community. Standing in front of the room, gives you credibility and visibility.

Follow this advice:

1. Increase Your Visibility with Public Speaking Today, Not Tomorrow
2. Look for Public Speaking Opportunities at Your Church
3. Look for Public Speaking Opportunities at Your Local Service Organizations
4. Tackle Your Fear of Public Speaking

At My Biz Dream Team, we 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.

Pamela Montgomery

Pamela Montgomery

I am Pamela Montgomery, attorney, author, entrepreneur, and speaker, providing results-oriented solutions that help you achieve uncommon results in your business and in your life!

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Goal Setting for Entrepreneurs

Goal Setting for Entrepreneurs

Goal Setting for Entrepreneurs

Goal Setting for Entrepreneurs

Goal setting for entrepreneurs can often be a tedious and time-consuming chore. Many entrepreneurs have this view of goal-setting because they do not see many positive results from the exercise. Have you ever felt that way? You set goals at the beginning of the year, then you set aside the paper with your written goals, and never achieve any results.

If that sounds like you, then you are in the right place. Today, I want to share with you my approach to goal setting for entrepreneurs that is not tedious or unproductive.

1. What is Goal Setting for Entrepreneurs?

Most business experts will tell you that you need to set S.M.A.R.T. goals. These same gurus will tell you that without setting S.M.A.R.T. goals you will never achieve the business and financial success that you desire.  At one point, I wrote an article advocating S.M.A.R.T. goals.

Now, I am ready to explode when I hear the experts talk about S.M.A.R.T. goals.

I have come to realize from personal experience, that S.M.A.R.T. goals can limit you. The biggest goals that I have achieved have come from setting outrageous goals, not S.M.A.R.T. goals. Just think about what S.M.A.R.T. means: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound.

While that looks great on paper—and clearly, it is easy to remember—it does not go far enough for those who want to achieve important things. I agree with the premise that goals should be specific, measurable, and timely. However, I do not agree with the other two premises that goals should be attainable and realistic.

2. Does an “Attainable” “Realistic” Goal Inspire You?

Think about it. Do you want to be stuck with “attainable” and “realistic” goals when what you really dream about is a 3-day workweek, frequent international travel, and enough money to fund a college endowment? It seems clear to me that those safe, S.M.A.R.T. goals are not going to get you there.

In fact, they might even do worse than simply “not get you there.” They may actively hold you back.

Have you ever, set a goal to increase your earnings by 10%? That is often viewed as an “attainable” and “realistic” goal. But did that 10% goal inspire you to work harder? Or did it create a subconscious ceiling on your earning potential that you are unable to break through?

When I was 8 years old and I set the goal of becoming a lawyer. No one would have said my goal was “attainable” or “realistic.” Some would say my goal was outrageous. My goal required an expensive college and law school education. Then I would have to take and pass an expensive and tough bar exam before I received a license to practice law. My parents were not wealthy. I did not know any attorneys. But I had a burning desire to help people who were left out and locked out of full and equal participation in our social, legal, and economic systems. Despite, the seeming appearance of my goals being unrealistic and unattainable, I became a licensed attorney at the age of 25.

3. Goal Setting for the Savvy Entrepreneur

The savvy entrepreneur, rather than focusing on goals that are “attainable” and “realistic” knows that the key to incredible success lies in creating lofty goals that feel out of reach—maybe even UN-attainable. Savvy entrepreneurs do not strive to earn 10% more than last year. They want 50% or even 100% more. The savvy entrepreneur stretches herself. She finds new, and better, ways to do things.

Of course, you cannot simply declare crazy goals and expect to achieve them. However, when you shun the attainable goal for the outrageous goal, you push yourself beyond those self-imposed limits and reach for the stars.

Conclusion/Call to Action

Goal setting for entrepreneurs does not have to be a tedious and worthless exercise. When you learn to set the right kind of goals, you can achieve results far beyond your wildest desires. Remember to set goals that inspire you! You have a much better chance of achieving your goal, if it motivates your heart.

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 help you accelerate the growth of your business so that you can reach your goal of creating a lifestyle and a business that you love! Act today.

Pamela Montgomery

Pamela Montgomery

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 Love Your Business and Your Life

 

Love Your Business and Your Life

Love Your Business and Your Life

How to Love Your Business and Your Life

How to love your business and your life is a natural question asked by many entrepreneurs. What must I do to feel satisfied? How do I know if I am making the right decision? These questions and others like them pop up from time to time as you make choices about your business, career, and life.  In this article, I will share with you a 3-step approach that I have used over the past few years to help me love my business and live a purposeful, productive, joyous life. This approach is for you:

·     if you do not want to settle for what comes your way;

·     if you want to live a life of joy, purpose, and peace;

·     if want to love your business and your life!

1.”Refill the Well”

In “The Artist’s Way,” a seminal book in the personal development movement, author Julia Cameron reminds us that creativity cannot survive in a vacuum. She recommends that writers and others spend time in nature, visiting museums, or pursuing other activities that “refill the well.”

How do you “refill the well?”

You can interfere with your desire to love your business and your life by working too much.  Sometimes you just need to get out of the office. In a recent post, I wrote about “Finding  Time for Yourself: Me Time.” You may find it helpful as you go through this process of determining how to love your business and your life.

When it comes to discovering your life’s purpose, you will want to get out and try new things. Now is the time to try out all those things you thought you might enjoy but never got around to doing.

Now is the time to try out all those things you thought you might enjoy but never got around to doing.

For example, you could:

·     Take a yoga class

·     Train for a marathon

·     Learn to design jewelry

Only by trying out a variety of activities will you find those that bring you joy—and eliminate those you never want to do again.

2. Plan for New Experiences

 Start a list of things you would like to experience. This can be a living document that you continue to add to as new ideas come to you. It is also the document you will refer to as new opportunities present themselves.

But do not just list things.  Plan. Then do them. Add at least one new experience to your calendar every month, then do what it takes to fulfill that obligation with yourself. You might just discover a favorite new hobby, or meet your new business partner in that yoga class.  At the very least, you will be refilling your own well.  For example, last year I joined a new community organization to meet people who shared similar beliefs about community service. This year I was elected an officer of the group. As an officer, I am even more involved with the group’s projects and mission.

3. Consider the Possibilities

Many business advisors will tell you that the secret to a better business is focus.  For these business advisors, to be distracted by other opportunities or ideas is to dilute the power of your core business.

While this can be true in many cases, it can also cause the purpose-seeking entrepreneur to freeze in his tracks. You may be unwilling to move in any direction for fear of choosing the wrong one. Much like the college graduate who feels trapped in a job she hates, simply because that is what she knows. You may end up hating your business and wishing for a day job again, if you do not explore the possibilities.

Rather than wearing blinders that keep you too laser focused every moment, take some time to explore other possibilities. Look for complementary ideas that are a natural match for one another.

Do not be afraid to follow that winding path from time to time. You never know what you might discover around the next bend.

Therefore, it is important to loving your business and your life to create a list of future projects. This “Someday” list contains the projects and plans you want to do, but not right now. Much like your new experiences list, this is a living document where you will record every new project that crosses your mind. Some will be good. Many will not. But that is okay. The point is to not close your mind to the possibilities.  

Conclusion/Call to Action

In determining how to love your business and your life, I recommend a 3-step approach that will open a pathway to a joyful, purposeful life where you love your business and your life.  To love your business and your life remember to:

·     “Refill the Well”

·     Plan new Experiences

·     Consider the Possibilities

By following these 3-steps you are well on your way to creating the life of your dreams where you love your business and your life.

Leave a comment about the steps that you are taking to learn how to love your business and your life.

I am Pamela Montgomery, the attorney, author, and entrepreneur who helps 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 Transform from Employee to Entrepreneur

Transform from employee to entrepreneur

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How to Transform from Employee to Entrepreneur

How to transform from employee to entrepreneur, is a question asked by many would-be entrepreneurs. As you transform from employee to entrepreneur you may struggle with feelings of powerlessness and lack of confidence in the face of the new challenges. You will need to develop a lifestyle and mindset that makes you feel confident and powerful in the situations that you face in life and in business as you make this transformation. This article addresses how to transform yourself from employee to  entrepreneur using five strategies that help you to become confident, strong, and powerful.  I invite you to  “Step into Your P.O.W.E.R.

1. Remember Your Purpose

As you transform from  employee to entrepreneur, you must remind yourself of the burning desire that brought you to this point. You had a big dream of starting a business.  Remember your purpose. Continue to dream big and to act big. Join with others to make a difference. We were sent here to serve.  Who are you serving? Once you begin to focus on others, and get your mind off of yourself, your passion and purpose will be re-kindled. I began to feel less nervous and fearful when I stopped focusing on details of my business plan and remembered why I wanted to serve my clients.

2. Look for Opportunities to Continue Learning

Once you become an entrepreneur you will find that school has just begun.  You may have credentials that made you a great success as an employee.  As an entrepreneur you will need new skills. These skills aren't often learned in university classrooms. So you must continually look for opportunities to learn that will broaden your knowledge base. Take courses and read books that fill the gaps in your knowledge. You can also learn from people who are already successful doing what you do.  You must remain teachable!  These opportunities for learning are essential to your transformation. These opportunities for learning help make you feel confident and powerful.  As you learn new things you gain the confidence to know that you can meet the challenge of being an entrepreneur.

3. Pursue a Wealth of Relationships

As you become an entrepreneur you need to pursue and develop a wealth of relationships.  The people around you are so important to your feeling of power. Are they negative? Are they telling you what you can not do? If so it may be time to stop spending time with them. You must develop relationships with people who will support you and your dream.  Are they encouraging you in your change?  Some of the negative people may be in your own family. Then it is harder to get away from them.  But you must protect your dream!  I have joined new groups like the Rotary Club and the community civic association to associate with other business and community leaders.  You may want to join local service organizations in your community. Continue to network and serve.

4. Be Energetic!

As you transform from employee to entrepreneur you will probably spend longer hours working. You will be tired and pre-occupied with all that you have to do. But you will not be able to accomplish your great dreams if you are tired all the time.  To combat this feeling, you need to be energetic. Move around. Feel your strength. I like to walk in the neighborhood or at the local mall in morning.  I have a ritual where I jump up out of the bed, pray and meditate, then start walking. You may want to try something similar to keep your energy high!

5. Be Relentless

As you step into your power as an entrepreneur, you will leave many old habits and customs behind. You must be relentless in pursuit of the dream that is your business.  Don't give up. When you stop, the results you were looking for could have been just around the corner. I encourage you to be persistent, determined, and relentless. Be excellent in all that you do. None of us is perfect. But we can be an excellent example of how to use POWER for positive change in our life and our community.

Closing Thoughts

To transform from employee to entrepreneur can be challenging. However with the proper mindset and focus you can emerge confident and powerful as you learn to step into your P.O.W.E.R.

What new habits or rituals are you developing as your transform from employee to entrepreneur? Share your remarks in the comment box. We would love to hear from you.

 

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