By Kathryn Frankson
Say Yes: There’s no quick hack to getting better at public speaking. It takes experience. So, if there are micro opportunities to speak (meetings, off sites, client demos etc) raise your hand proactively and take advantage. You need to keep flexing the muscle and starting in safe ways will help.
Prepare: Confidence comes through preparation. Give yourself a good runway to practice so if a wave of panic comes up….you can calmly take a breath and realize you have ample time to adjust and nail it.
Power Up: It’s the little moments that can make all the difference. Think through how you’ll walk on and off stage and ensure that all of the activities you do pre speaking allow you to power up. Stand tall, walk around, see the space, be around positive people and eliminate unnecessary noise that will take you out of your zone.
Becoming stronger at sharing ideas and gaining buy in is a great skill to have as tools and resources become more commoditized.
Kathryn Frankson is a B2B event sales and marketing professional at UBM. A believer that 2019 communication means knowing how to get the markets attention through thumb stopping content, audience development and storytelling, she executes sales and marketing strategies in the catering, food service and special event space.