In today's economy, creating your own business is a smart move – as long as you can and will do the work to promote that business and make it grow.
Obviously, the Internet allows small business people to reach out in ways we didn't have just a few years ago. The problem is, everyone else is there too, so entrepreneurs need to do something to make their Internet presence known.
One of those ways is to give talks to groups who might be interested in the product or service you have to offer.
Think about groups who could benefit from knowing some of what you know – whether it's how to write a good fundraising letter, how to remove a spot on your carpet, or how to choose the best real estate agent.
By offering free advice you'll brand yourself as the expert in your field – just like those who "Wrote the book" on a subject.
The second benefit to giving talks is that you'll set yourself apart from your competitors. Most of them wouldn't dream of it because they're afraid of public speaking.
If you harbor a similar fear, don't worry. There IS a solution, and it comes in a little bottle of flower essences labeled "Feel5ive." This is the blend that calms the nerves and lets you get through stressful situations without falling apart.
If you're even afraid to contact someone to offer your talk, start using it right away. Take 4 drops morning, afternoon, and evening. Before long you'll be able to calmly pick up the phone and start promoting yourself.
On the day of your talk take Feel5ive as usual, but add 4 drops just prior to going "on stage."
Who can you speak to?
Service groups and the Chamber of Commerce are always looking for interesting speakers, and once you get started you'll come up with more and more ideas for places where you can speak. Even better, once you get started, it will get easier with each presentation.
You can also speak at your school's Career Days, being sure to give the students interesting hand-out materials that just might make it home to their parents.
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