Last Updated on January 28, 2024 by Asfa Rasheed
Speaking in public – especially for your work, can be a very challenging and anxiety inducing activity for many people. However, with some preparation and determination you can succeed in speaking at business events.
Whether you are struggling to find confidence to give an important presentation or are looking for opportunities to speak, this article is for you. We’re going to be going over 4 important tips and tricks that you should know before giving business presentations or talks.
Additionally, these tips apply to public speaking outside of the world of business.
To start off, we’re going to go over 4 general tips, then go over how to find places that will let you give business presentations so that you can grow your brand and reputation.
- Introduce Yourself
There are a few reasons why you want to introduce yourself before you give your presentation. If there’s a website for the business conference that allows you to include information about yourself, such as this individual has done here, then we highly recommend putting some information about yourself and why you are giving the talk you want to give.
Additionally, when you do give your presentation, briefly introduce yourself again so that people become more familiar with you. Hopefully, it should make you more comfortable to give the presentation as well.
- Prepare Notecards
Making a set of notecards that include either a brief summary of what you want to say or a word for word script of your speech can be incredibly helpful to you. Whether or not you choose to use the note cards when giving the presentation is up to you, but the process of writing down your speech is extremely beneficial to helping you memorize and prepare for it.
We recommend just using one or two notecards if you do want to refer to them during your presentation, that way you don’t accidentally look at them the entire time while you are up there in front of everyone.
If you are going to give a talk that will potentially greatly impact your career, then it’s a good idea to rehearse that talk to make sure you don’t mess up in front of everybody. You may find out there are parts of your talk you want to change after saying it out loud, and by rehearsing multiple times beforehand you will also get a lot of confidence in your speech as it becomes better each time you go over it.
Practicing in front of a mirror is a great way to rehearse, but the best method would be to grab a friend and give them your talk. Your friend can give you an outside perspective on your talk and help give you pointers on how to improve.
How To Become a Speaker
Getting booked at a business conference to give a speech is one of the best ways of increasing your brand and reputation, as well as giving you the opportunity to connect with a lot of new people.
Despite so many people hating public speaking, it’s still quite difficult to get booked at a business conference, and so we have some tips to help you do just that.
If you aren’t experienced in much, then its going to be hard to get booked at a business conference. However, if you think you do have something worth sharing about your experience with your life or career, then you may want to look into SpeakerMatch.
SpeakerMatch is a website that matches speakers to conferences. Many business conference organizers will use SpeakerMatch to find relevant speakers to come to speak at their event, and so you can register a profile on the website to be seen by countless event organizers.
If you want to learn more about how to become a speaker at various business events, check out this article on Forbes on that topic.