It’s midweek guys and you know what that means. (No, not the fact that’s it’s almost Friday!) It’s time to be accountable for your goals. Are you where you set out to be when last you made your weekly plan? Did you hit your targets and quotas? Did your meetings go as planned? You can hit us up in the comments so we know you’re paying attention!
But let’s ask a serious question…..
How many of us dread talking about ourselves and our business in a room filled with strangers? Sweaty palms, shaky knees, shortness of breath and all those eyes staring back at you. Sounds familiar? Ohh, the agony!
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Here are some tips we devised to make you shine at your next presentation:
1- Research, Research, RESEARCH
We can’t stress this enough. In order to speak from an informed point of view, you must do your research on the company to whom you’re pitching to see how your products and/or services fit. It would also be helpful to conduct simple benchmarking research to see what your competitors are offering.
Finally, a must, is research on general business best practices. If you don’t, you run the risk of talking about archaic information that would have made you shine, say if it was still 1983.
But getting back to business. You need to invest in yourself and take some training courses, go to the library, read books (there are a plethora of free e-books and training videos in virtually every field sitting on the world wide web waiting for you to discover and all is takes is a few key words entered into Google), join forums, talk to subject matter experts and make your fingers and feet work for you as you call and visit competitors and experts.
2- Practice makes perfect
Ever wonder how all those famous storytellers and calypsonians master their artform? Yup you guessed it, they practiced. In front of the mirror, in front of their family, at their school, with their neighbours, work colleagues, even strangers. Basically with anyone who would give them an ear. Some are just born talented, but many of us have to put in the time and sweat to make our art a masterpiece. Nothing comes without work.
3- Exude confidence
This can only come with the right mindset. Sometimes you may not be the best, but because you did all the above steps and you know you are at the top of your game, others will believe it too. Surround yourself with positive people who cheer you on and truly believe in you. Post up reminders on your computer, around your office and home reminding you that you are super talented, brilliant, great at what you do and a conqueror destined for success. This way no negative thoughts would have an inch to multiply and mess with your mojo.
Until next time.
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T&T’s Entrepreneurs Team.