Let me remind you of this story:
The hare was a long-legged creature capable of covering long distances in a short amount of time. He teased the tortoise about his short legs, bulky body, and slow movements. The hare was confident that this was going to be a very easy win.
Instead of going directly to the finish line, he goofed off. He wandered here, played over there, and allowed himself to be distracted. After all, he reasoned, he had plenty of time to spare! Occasionally he slipped back, hid behind bushes as he watched the tortoise's slow, but steady, movement.
All this activity tired the hare out. He decided to take a quick nap before continuing the race. We all know how it ended: the tortoise stepped over the finish line while the hare was frantically rushing to beat him.
What lessons can speakers learn from this fable?
- Looks can be deceiving. Don't be over-confident or under-confident. Set a pace that works for you and deliver your presentation at that pace.
- Timing is everything. The finish line for a speaker is when the time he/she was allotted is over. Plan your talk, practice your talk, time your talk so you can finish your closing remarks and final call to action comfortably and confidently. Too many speakers wander around and end up either rushing their closing remarks or omitting them entirely.
- Ignore your competition! Each person has their own style, delivery, and personality. Put on your blinders and become the best that YOU can be. As Oscar Wilde says, "Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.
Speaking is a fast and exciting way to capture new leads. sales, and grow your business. It's a strategy that requires discipline, knowledge, and courage. When done correctly, your audience will be cheering as you cross the finish line!
P.S. There are more than 7,000 opportunities for speakers throughout the U.S. each week. Are you capturing your share? Schedule a free 30-minute consult and I'll share 2-4 tips that will help make this your reality! It's easier than you think!