5 Ways to Position Yourself as a Public Speaker

We all have the ability to become a public speaker, but we all have different things holding us back. What is holding you back from becoming a paid public speaker? First you need to determine what differentiates you from volunteer versus a paid speaker. Your value is not the only thing that is listed on your Facebook and Linkedin, but instead the importance of delivery, branding, and the audience’s experience.

Here are 5 steps to improve your public speaking skills.

Solve a Problem: When going on stage, it is important to have a compelling story, but it is crucial to bring value. Therefore, you should ask yourself, “what problem am I solving?” As you begin to create content for your speech, always think about what you are going to solve.

Create an Appealing Visual Presentation: Studies have shown that 65% of people are visual learners. Your visual aid is not to help you as the speaker, but instead to help the audience understand your vision and story. A website that can be helpful to create a visual aid is Canva.com. With this tool you will be able to create infographics along with appealing slides in order to keep the audience’s attention.

Tell a Story: Your audience will be more likely to become intrigued by your speech if you share it as if you’re telling them a story. A story will bring the audience in closer, allowing them to relate to you, making it more natural for them to follow your encouragement and advice.

Have a Clear Ending: Instead of having a slide at the end of your presentation that says “thank you”, create a strong, clear ending that motivates everyone in the audience to stand up and clap. Additionally, avoid giving a Q&A after your presentation, but rather, encourage individuals to meet you in the back of the room to ask their questions. This gives you the ability to create a deeper connection.

Create a Speaker Fee: Now that you have created strong content and a presentation, it is time to put a price on the value you are bringing to the audience. When a customer pays you, you are not just being paid for that hour of your time, you are being paid for the change you are able to make in others lives!

You have the ability to alter people’s lives for the positive. Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable. EZMetrics can help you achieve your dreams!

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Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Open Rate

1. Create an Engaging Subject Line: When looking at your open rate, the subject line means everything. It is important that you intrigue your potential customer’s eye with a short phrase that makes them want to open your email. Companies have been using email marketing for years, but in some ways, they have failed to progress with the times. In your subject line, it is very important that you do not use all capital letters. This makes it more likely that your email will be sent to spam. A way to combat low open rates is by create interesting subject lines. This can be done in countless ways! You will have to use trial and error to find out what works best for your email list. A few ways to increase your open rate is to start a conversation within the subject, making the email look more personable. You can follow that conversation throughout the entirety of the email. Use a deadline alluding to urgency and instilling the fear of missing out. You can create a funny pun or joke, but make sure it does not go over the reader’s head. Lastly, people are drawn to numbers, so including numbers in the subject the email is a great way to make your email more likely to be opened.

2. Optimize Your Timing: Timing has a very large effect on your open rate. Studies have shown that Tuesdays are a popular day to send and open emails. You should try to avoid emails during the weekend. Individuals want to rest on the weekends and your emails may be seen as an annoyance. Timing for every organization will be different so it is important to perform split tests. Throughout other studies that have been conducted, it was concluded that the best time to send an email is late morning to early afternoon!

3. Make Your Emails Personable: When writing an email, it is important that you are seen as a friendly face and not a corporate boss. People are more likely to read emails that are personable. This can be done by customizing your greeting and signature. Additionally, do not speak over your audience – use a vocabulary that your reader can understand.

Keep in mind, most people do not look forward to reading emails. They usually push off reading emails, which is why it is important to create amazing content that your customer will look forward to reading. It is important to be consistent when writing emails so that your customer continues to want to learn more.

At times, it can be discouraging to see a low open rate, but it is important to keep your head up and continue to create more enticing emails! You can bring value to people’s lives through emails, all you have to do is get opened!

 

Would you like to know how to grow your following and increase engagement on Instagram?

The key to Instagram is simply showing up.

Why do people post on Instagram? A business goal is to increase engagement; this can be executed both on a personal or business account. We are all trying to increase our following as customers will begin to know, like, and trust us.

One key way to create engagement on Instagram is by liking, commenting, and tagging. Unlike Facebook, Instagram makes it more difficult to share the exact post that someone else has posted. Therefore, tagging within comments and on pictures is the main way to increase your following.

In order to expand your market, you need to use Instagram’s algorithm to your benefit. The way that Instagram works is when you like, tag, or comment on different accounts, your next post is more likely to be shown to them on their feed if they’re following you. This grows your engagement and following by simply being active!

A forgotten key to Instagram is your bio! Your bio should include four things:

  1. Explain your title in easy to understand terminology. You should be precise and state exactly what you do within your company.
  2. Name your customer, this can be done by naming who this account is for and how you are different from other competitors within your market.
  3. Remember to add your locations, especially if you are at a physical business. If your business is a restaurant, your location is very important to your success. You can also add a hashtag in your bio and posts of the city where your business resides. If you are an insurance company, it is not as important where your location is, as your service can be performed over the phone or online, but do add a location if you’re licensed in specific states or regions. In either scenario, it is still helpful to add your location to attract local potential customers.  
  4. It is beneficial to give the potential customer something of value. If you are a restaurant, you can disclose a PDF recipe in your bio. Service based businesses might create a promotion that would attract customers to your business. This creates trust between you and the potential customer. This potential customer can then become a devoted customer by creating value through a promotion.  

In short, it is vital to the success of your Instagram account that you have an enticing bio that brings customers in and urges them to follow you.

Additionally, it is very important that you stay active on other accounts by liking, commenting, and tagging. This increases your engagement and, in turn, you will begin to see more activity on your personal Instagram account!

Get More Out of Twitter

 

  • Understand the Algorithm: It is very important that you are extremely present and active on Twitter. It is in live time, which means as soon as you tweet, it begins to scroll to the bottom of your followers feed. Twitter’s algorithm is not as advanced as Facebook’s; a major downfall regarding this platform. A way to help combat this algorithm is by liking, retweeting, and responding to your tweets and mentions. Many businesses are lenient when creating a Twitter as this is a platform where celebrities hang out and tweet. Even though this is true, Twitter is still a beneficial platform to grow and connect to more potential customers.

 

  • Condensed Content: Twitter only gives their users 280 characters for each tweet. Using fewer words to get your point across is most beneficial. This allows your content to be read and retweeted quickly. We recommend posting at least six times a day to help ensure that you will reach your followers.

 

  • Use Videos to Your Advantage: When posting on Twitter, videos are the best in terms of performance. You can also go live, which allows your followers the ability to connect to you on a more personal level.

 

  • Hashtags and Trends: It is very important to stay relevant. This can be done by researching hashtags and trends. Topics that are trending now are seen by millions of people. You can retweet and respond to comments to help grow your following and outreach. This shows that are you are a part of the conversation!

 

  • Follow the Right People: When thinking about social media, you always want to grow your following as fast as possible. It is important to gain followers, but you want them to be individuals that are interested in your offer or goal. If you have 100,000 followers but none of them meet your demographic of an ideal client, this is not beneficial to you. It is important to follow people who share your values and interests, along with industry leaders.

 

Even though Twitter is filled with influencers and celebrities, you still have a voice on this platform! It is important that you show up and stay engaged with your followers.

 

7 Tips and Tricks to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Stand Out!

1. Professional Profile Pictures: It is extremely important that you are putting your best foot forward. This means you should have a professional photo of yourself as your profile picture. Also, try to pick a photo that you are smiling in, profiles that capture someone smiling are nine times more likely to convert, and twenty-one times more likely to be viewed! Lastly, dress for success, first impressions mean everything especially within the virtual world!

 

2. Headlines That Catch Your Eye: By default, LinkedIn uses your last job as your headline. You are able to change this within settings to reflect what job is most beneficial for your goal. You only have 120 characters so make it something catchy that reflects you as a person and employee.

 

3. Create a Well-Written Summary: LinkedIn gives you the ability to describe who you are in the workplace. It is important that you list your areas of expertise along with your accomplishments. It is also important to add in your contact information so that potential employers will be able to contact you about opportunities. This also helps you grow your network and expand your community of business professionals.

 

4. Make Sure Your Work and Volunteer Experience is Up to Date: You should add all past work and volunteer experience. This shows that you are a well-rounded individual and that you are capable of handling a variety of situations. It is also important to write in first person, as this is a story about your work and volunteer experience.

 

5. Add Your Educational Background: Not only will this show everyone where you earned your degree, you will also be able to connect with fellow alumni to grow your network.

 

6. Create Keyword Specific Skills: When people search on LinkedIn, they can search by key phrases. This will allow your profile to be viewed more often and will increase your likelihood of finding mutual connections.

 

7. Communicate With Connections. Do not stop at simply adding the people to your network. Send them a message to see what they are doing and how you may learn from them. This allows you to create a deeper connection and network to help you grow within the workforce and as an individual.