Here are 5 skills that have nothing to do with your speech and everything to do with your reputation
1. Arrive Early
Arrive at the event 10 minutes before you’re expected and at least 30 minutes before the speech. There’s nothing more stressful for an event planner than wondering where you are. Get there before they start looking for you.
2. Start on Time
Be ready to start when it’s time to start. Events frequently run behind schedule. That should NEVER be because of you. If there is a delay you can start with a smile any time they introduce you.
3. Bring a Printed Introduction
The host will visibly relax when you hand them a printed copy of your 30 second introduction. Keep it to 30 seconds: one or two credentials, an example of how you help people, and why you are excited to be sharing your message. End it with “Please help me welcome Mr. Professional Speaker.” It’s easier to smile when you walk on stage to a round of applause.
4. Finish Early
Finish your speech (including Q&A) five minutes before the scheduled end. It’s devastating to your professional reputation if an event organizer is frantically waving their arms to catch your attention because you ran out of time. Develop a 20 minute, 40 minute, and 90 minute version of your presentation so you can deliver your message regardless of the event format.
5. Give Something Away
Raffle off a book or a CD or coaching session and give one to your host. People love gifts.
What’s your best non-speaking tip for professional speakers?