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Chapter 6. The Presentation Hand > SUCCESS CARD 23: Speak Often

SUCCESS CARD 23: Speak Often

You need to find opportunities to get on your feet and speak if you're going to get good at playing the Presentation Hand. Many organizations in your community need speakers on a regular basis. Find out who they are and determine the composition of their membership. There are Chambers of Commerce, small business networks, church groups, professional associations, service organizations, senior citizen clubs, discussion groups, and clubs for every leisure pursuit imaginable. Call them and ask for the program chair, who will be able to fill you in on the group's needs and speaker selection process. Explain that you're in the information-gathering stage and could call back to get on their schedule at a later date. Then begin to create a presentation that would appeal to that organization. What do you know that you could talk about, demonstrate, or teach? Right now list three to five topics about which you could speak.

If you're employed, you can make internal presentations. Brainstorm the various speaking opportunities that exist there. Department meetings, client presentations, product rollouts, board presentations, after-hours events, and lunchtime programs are examples of some of the occasions that could exist. Some companies even have their own speakers bureau that makes employees available to speak to outside groups.


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