I just had the opportunity to sit down with Park Howell who’s life’s work is focused on the business of story. We had a blast during his podcast and covered some serious ground.
We can give the gift of a memory every time we’re in front of someone as speakers. When we take the time to personalize a gift for a client or a thank you to our host and add a touch of surprise, chances are they’ll remember us forever.
Waiting for the phone to ring is not fun. Ask any actor. As speakers, we don’t need to do that. Instead, we have the ability to design experiences that will serve our clients, creating opportunities that never existed before we thought them up.
Taking chances is a good practice as a speaker. We learn and grow the most when we stretch ourselves. When we consider the possibilities before we act on taking that risk, our success rate can wildly increase.
It can be exhausting comparing ourselves to others, whether at a speaking event or checking likes on a post or counting followers. Don’t do that. Instead, when we focus internally and know we’re bringing our A-game, the only person we need to compare ourselves with is ourself.
If we want our audience to take note of us and reflect on our Talk long after we’ve left the stage, we must strive to extraordinary in every way. The more unexpected we are, the more remarkable we can become.
As a speaker every time you speak, you have the opportunity to incorporate the unexpected into your Talk. Be unexpected in the way you structure your content. Be unexpected in the way you move on stage. Your audience will both appreciate and talk about the unexpected.
The next time there is a hiccup in your plan, be open to taking a new direction. That new path may lead to an incredible outcome you never imagined.
When we are willing to shift our mindsets and allow ourselves to consider trying something new as an experiment, it actually gives us the permission to fail and reevaluate if need be.
Be sensitive to the needs of your audience. Even your signature talk will need to be adjusted to better fit the specifics of the audience at hand.