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SPEAK UP only if you want to earn more MONEY!

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Public speaking. Does the thought of it make you cringe or does it excite you? The thought of speaking in front of more than 2 people that I know made me break out in hives. Well, maybe not that extreme but it did make me pretty nauseous! Throughout high school, college and even law school I was scared of speaking publicly. I was forced to get over it once I retained my first client in my law practice. The day of the trial I was petrified. It was either sink or swim! I am happy to report that I swam and haven’t looked back. Since “swimming” I have realized the importance of public speaking. Public speaking can help take your business to the next level even if you never have to step foot in a courtroom.

Here are four reasons why entrepreneurs must master public speaking:

1. You made need money Will your business need capital? Have you considered trying to obtain a loan or investors? If so you will need to clearly articulate many things about your business. You may have to pitch your business  in front of a crowd of people. If you are scared to speak publicly you may miss out on a loan or a big fat investment check!

2. Increase sales: Public speaking helps you to establish yourself as an expert. Think about it….when someone invites a person to speak to a group of people the audience will recognize that person as an expert before that person even steps foot on the stage. The more you speak the more of an expert you become. The more of an expert you become the more people will become interested in your products or services. The more interested they become, the more money they spend. BAM! It is just that easy.

3. Think Big! You may be operating your business from your kitchen table today. However that can all change at any time. If you go to a one member business to a business with 10, 20 or even 50 employees will you be prepared to address them? Yes, they will want to hear from the leader at some point! Employees expect to hear and see their executives.

4. It Can Make or Break Your Company: There are 5 key business skills that can make or break your company.

  1. product development
  2. writing
  3. time management
  4. sales/marketing
  5. public speaking

Four of these key skills can easily be outsourced. Which one cannot be outsourced? Yep! You guessed it… Public Speaking. The good news is that this skill can be learned. With practice you can become a great public speaker. Once you learn exactly where your fears stem you can tackle them and overcome. Try hoping on the live streaming app, Periscope. This allows you to get comfortable with speaking to a group without having to physically see the group in front of you Also check out groups like Toastmasters International where you can get real experience & feedback with a group of people also trying to improve their skills.

Here is a great article on overcoming your fear of public speaking.

Whether you are in the early stages of entrepreneurship or if you are a seasoned entrepreneur you will be a better entrepreneur by mastering public speaking.

If you want to learn more about obtaining public speaking gigs,creating public speaking topics, the proper contracts for public speakers and more you will want to check out Girl Biz Academy. The “Senior Program” in Girl Biz Academy offers a comprehensive guide and step by step tutorial on how you can emerge and/or grow as a public speaker. Don’t forget REGISTRATION CLOSES NOVEMBER 15!

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What Home Depot Taught Me About Vision Boards

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Earlier in the year I sent several messages out about goal setting, visions boards and having a 2015 mission. For the most part I try my hardest to practice what I preach. This year I decided that I wanted to speak in a different capacity. I speak at events that I plan and at conferences, but I wanted to speak at corporations, at international conferences… I wanted to take it up a notch! Although I often speak on business and legal topics I wanted to add more. My question to myself was how I would transition and merge into a market of this nature when I ordinarily speak on entrepreneurship. What company would want me to talk to their employees about opening a business, right?! I sure they would be itching for someone to come in and tell their staff how to quit …. that was not going to work LOL

“Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.” -Habakkuk 2:2

Well it happened! I put it out there that I was a corporate speaker. Although I had not done corporate speaking before I just declared it! Well within a few weeks of putting myself out there I got a call from Home Depot Corporate office. They invited me to tell me story and speak to their female leaders at their annual Women in Leadership Conference on the importance of women in leadership. WOW!!! I was blown away! I of course said YES 🙂

The conference was yesterday and I enjoyed it. I spoke to the female leaders from three divisions in Georgia. I shared my story of how I was a recent law school graduate that had to seek food stamps. I told them I pushed through that period of my life followed by a heartbreaking divorce to build a multiple 6 figure law practice. I then told them how I walked away from it all! Eyes always get really big when I tell that story..lol I then shared statistics with them on how women make up 52% of the population, but only hold 18% of leadership positions. I gave them my reasons of why I think this exists as well as offered my personal suggestions of how we as female leaders can change that.
The most profound moment was when I asked the ladies that would rate themselves as a 9 or a 10 as a leader to raise their hands. No one raised their hand. I asked those that would rate themselves as a 5, 6,7 or 8 to raise their hands. At that point all of the hands went up high. My point: had I asked a room full of males that same question the majority of the hands would have been raised the first time.

As women we need to give ourselves more credit. Malcolm Forbe said it best, “Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.”

My point in sharing this with you is to stop doubting what you can do. If you want to do it just make it part of your vision and make it happen. If I doubted whether I could speak in a corporate setting I would not have put myself out there. Had I not put myself out there I would not have spoken at not just any company, but a Fortune 50 company. That still blows me away!

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Promise me that if you did not already make your vision clear you will do it today. Promise me that you will start to celebrate all that is great about you and continue to make a difference. The world needs you; they are waiting. Home Depot taught me that vision boards can work. Just remember to couple it with action! What are your thoughts on this? Comment below; I’d love to her from you.

Business Blessings,
Lenise