Archive for September, 2007

MM #85: Using Speaking to Build a Practice

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

1. Announcements/Offers

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2. FEATURE: Using Speaking to Build a Practice

Perhaps one of the quickest, and in some cases, most effective, ways to build a coaching practice is to give speeches at different organizations in your area. Before you launch a campaign though, a little legwork can be helpful. Here are just a few tips and tricks you can use to get speaking engagements and use them as an effective marketing tool for filling your practice. This information is drawn from the audios in our Explode Your Practice CD set.

Who to Present to

As with defining your target niche, begin by determining who you are presenting to.

I’ve found it MUCH easier to tap into an existing organization’s membership and meetings, than to try and fill a hall myself. To make things easier on yourself, once you have identified a target audience (say, for instance, a women’s entrepreneur group), find a pre-compiled electronic spreadsheet database of organization names and contact info plus the categories each organization or association falls into.

There are many such databases and a quick search of the Internet should turn up one for your specific country. For instance, in Australia, “Information Australia” can provide you with this information and in the United States, the “Directory of Associations” from Concept Marketing Group is a good reference.

In Australia I contacted Rotary, Lions, SWAP and Zonta (business women) clubs. I joined the National Speakers Association and let them know I was available to speak to ANY group. (This got me a couple of referrals, which I leveraged into more talks). I also recommend calling 5 top speakers and asking if they would refer me for the speeches that they can’t fit into their schedule, or that don’t pay enough.

What to Present

During the previous step, hopefully some possible topics came to mind that you could develop into a 20-30 minute presentation.

Some quick examples are: “How to double sales by connecting with people”, “How to truly live life”, “How to create a life you love”, “The benefits of a life of integrity”, “Follow your dream career”, “Designing your perfect relationship”. Choose something you care about, and something where you have related skills or experience. Even if you’ve coached three people on this issue, you’ll have some tips to share.

Flush out the topic into an outline form so you have a good idea of how the speech will flow. Look to see what the audience members will learn from your speech.

Armed with this information, you are now ready to create a mini “media kit” of yourself that you can use to promote your presentation. Draft a letter explaining the presentation and the benefits to the audience. You might also want to include a brief bio of who you are along with a photo of yourself, so the organization knows why you are qualified to speak on your topic.

Lastly, if you already have some awards or testimonials for previous presentations or work, be sure to include those in your materials, too. Once assembled, you should have a nice package to send any organization looking for a dynamic presenter.

Set a Practice Date

Set a date, NOW, for your practice speech, and invite some close friends to come and hear you. You’ll provide snacks and speech, they’ll provide feedback and written testimonials.

Tip: Set the date BEFORE you have the speech ready. This guarantees you’ll work on it ;-)

How to Promote

All this upfront work can be lost if no one shows up. How do you get people to hear you speak?

Try this technique: in the agreement with the organization or association, ask if they would be willing to send out an email before your presentation inviting everyone to attend and prepping them for what to expect. This email will be written by you so it makes it a win-win for both parties. It’s the first contact you’ll have with the audience so you will already be starting to build a relationship, and you might offer a free download from your web site.

The next contact they will have with you is during your speech and if you have any products to sell, be sure to check with the leadership of the organization or association to see if you can promote them or not.

Finally, after the presentation, ask the organization to send out another email (again written by you) thanking the members for coming to listen to you. Be sure to include in this email a free resource that will be of value to them as well as a link to your website so they can explore your products and services further. Using this approach to promote your presentation guarantees that you will ‘touch’ the membership three times in a short period of time maximizing the value of each one.

Your Coaching

I dropped references to my coaching throughout the speech. At the end I had a form passed out, and asked them to fill in the feedback section at the bottom, plus said: “If you’d like to be in contact with me, receive my newsletter, have me speak to your company, or even experience a coaching session, just tick the appropriate boxes”. It was quite exciting to go home with 30 new subscribers, and sometimes 10 complimentary coaching session possibilities, after each speech.

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If you enjoy making presentations in front of a group, a natural way to build your coaching practice is to use this passion to your advantage. Through the steps outlined above, you are sure to fill your calendar in no time – with both speaking engagements and new clients!

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Want more? This, and 100 other topics are covered in more detail in the full Explode Your Practice CD set, available now.

Action

Decide if speaking is right for you. Look into Toastmasters or another organization to help you with your speaking.

Look up places to speak in your area and put them in a computer file or spreadsheet.

Decide on a topic or two to use in your speech.

Post your current status, and the plans you’re committing to on the blog .

Enjoy!

David

MM #84: How to to Create Audio on Your Site

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

1. Announcements/Offers

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2. FEATURE: How to Use Audio on Your Site

Note: Proudly reprinted from Mentor Monthly #33

A popular trend I am sure you have noticed is audio on web sites. In this article I’ll show you exactly how to create and compress your own audio clips for your web site!

Why Use Audio

The hardest part of selling on the internet, whether services or products, is fostering a relationship. The internet can be cold, faceless and voiceless. And people want to buy from people they know. Hearing your voice creates an instant connection and makes it easier to trust you.

Also people have different learning abilities. People who learn best auditorily will remember your content more easily.

Audio also adds interest and gets attention. Because of this, audio works best if used sparingly. Know your audience and test your results.

What Can You Do with Audio?

You can find many creative ways to try out audio:

  • make an introduction to your site and let them know you are a real person (see the SolutionBox left side bar)
  • give people a feel for your sincerity and enthusiasm
  • let your audience know exactly what you want them to do e.g. get your newsletter, sign up for a free course, download a free ebook
  • record speeches, teleclasses and interviews to sell or put on your site (with permission, of course)
  • deliver audio lessons and classes
  • provide enthusiastic, persuasive product descriptions
  • provide sample previews of things you want to sell

How to Create Audios

Has this sparked some ideas for you? Are you ready to learn how to make your own audios?

I’ve created a free audio/video presentation on how to record audio and convert it into different formats. You’ll learn how to convert to streaming Flash, MP3, Real Audio and Windows Media File. We’ll cover three different programs I like to use. And, I’ll show you how to put the converted audio onto your web site.

Access your free 17 minute training video here:

http://www.solutionbox.com/video/audiotraining.htm

Action

  1. Brainstorm ways to use audio on your site.
  2. Watch the training video.
  3. Experiment with putting audio on your site and share your experiment at the blog.

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Enjoy!

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