“Your Presence is Required”
© Dinah Snow, March 2012
I give a lot of talks each year, and I’ve learned there’s more to creating a memorable experience for people and moving them to say “yes” than just having great public speaking skills and an irresistible offer.
Absolutely, you need to be sure you’re delivering everything your attendees and hosts expect, but there is also an energetic agreement between you and your audience that you must fulfill. I call this your Authentic Presence Agreement.
Oftentimes attendees say to me, “Dinah, you are so grounded and present during your talks. How do you do that?”
Over the years, I’ve developed a few practices that help me stay focused, confident and connected to four areas: my intention, Spirit, my audience, and my content.
Here are 4 simple practices you can implement to help you bring out your best, deliver your presentation with confidence and move your audience to take action. Use these whether you’re speaking for 10 minutes in front of your local leads group or you’re presenting for 75 minutes at a seminar breakout session.
Practice #1 When You Prepare Your Message: Tune In To Your Intention
If your heart is in the right place, you started your business to serve and help people achieve greater success in some area of their life or business, be it health, relationships, money or spiritual alignment. Make your intention be to move people forward on their journey in some way.
Practice #2 One Week Before: Tune In To Your Content
Infuse your intention to serve into your content. Whether you are speaking on your own or other people’s stages, you are there to add value to people’s lives. When your listeners hear that, feel that and come away empowered in some way, they will be magnetized to and remember you. This is the time to review your content and make sure you feel a strong emotional connection to it so you feel confident and your audience feels served.
Practice #3 One Hour Before: Tune In To Your Audience
This may sound a little “out there” but when I prepare to speak, I get in touch with the idea that each person in the audience is a precious soul – each unique as a snowflake yet the same with their shared problems, struggles and joys. I do my best to imagine myself in their shoes and what they might need to hear from me related to my expertise to make a difference in their lives. This tuning in through imagination beforehand will help you feel like you already know them and makes your “real” face to face time with them more like a dialog with a personal friend.
Practice #4 Moment To Moment: Tune in to Spirit
I learned an immensely helpful phrase from one of my mentors (that he learned from his mentor) that has helped me quiet my ego and release my public speaking fear. Right before I go on, and sometimes, moment to moment, I say these words to myself, “If I may be of any service to these people, it would be a great honor.” These words help you let go of the notion of delivering a “perfect” talk and instead be authentically present and personal. Your energy and how you made them feel is what your audience will remember most about your presentation.
Speaking From The Stage Is An Opportunity To Move People With Your Authenticity As Well Serve Them With Your Content
When you step up to speak, feeling confident, connected and in alignment with the message you bring to your audience, they will be on the edge of their seats and paying attention. So, come from your heart with content that serves and your audience will love and want more of you and the value you offer!