What am I so riled up about? The fact that half a dozen people have told me that they aren’t speaking because they aren’t ready. They think that they aren’t expert enough, not prepared enough, or haven’t learned how speak in public.
If you are one of those people in the “not ready” camp, I am calling you out on your B.S. right now. Here are the real reasons people “aren’t ready”.
Here they are:
They don’t have confidence in their offering
“Not good enough” is running rampant through our industry right now and it’s baloney! Just because you aren’t a guru (yet!) doesn’t mean you don’t have anything to teach. Find a problem you can solve. Solve it. You’ll make money. The formula is actually pretty easy.
They don’t have confidence in themselves
Many of my clients procrastinate because they don’t feel like they are “good enough” to get out in front of people and speak. When it comes down to it, that is just fear pure and simple. And my advice is to get over it, you’ll be surprised at what happens. The first time I spoke I was very nervous, yet I brought in $2,000 that day. There is nothing like people paying you to boost your confidence!
They aren’t prepared
Speaking live is the fastest way to bring revenue into your business. But people will do EVERYTHING else before they consider speaking. And they won’t speak until they have every single thing in place. Actually, you don’t need much to get started. Download a 6 Point Speaking Checklist here.
So… what is the minimum I need to get started?
- A way for people to find and connect with you. Ideally, this will be a website – a one page site is all you need. Just some basic information about you and the problem you solve for customers.
- A simple speaker sheet. You need a document with your contact information, your bio, a picture, and information about your talk. Here’s my simple speaker sheet shortcut.
- An interesting talk – Yes, you need a talk. Not 50 talks but just one or two. And the talk needs to be interesting enough that people come back for more. The talk also needs to have a call to action .
- A way to continue the conversation. This can be as simple as a calendar for scheduling “consultations” or a simple freebie opt-in.
Want more hints? Download my getting ready to speak checklist and resource list .