175 – You’ve Been Asked to Speak at an Event. Now What?

Sue Monhait

As a successful business owner, there will be a time when you are asked or have an opportunity to share your expertise in public. It could be a presentation at a town meeting, a networking event or a large conference.

Most people react by thinking, “I’d never be able to do that!”

But hold on! Don’t jump to that conclusion so fast! Speaking can provide a big boost to your business. It gives you visibility and credibility and positions you as the expert in your field.

But you need to deliver a strong presentation. How do you go about doing this? In this episode I share my step by step process to presentation creation. That way, when you do encounter an opportunity to speak, you can say “yes” with enthusiasm and confidence because you know what to do next.

Business Building Insights

  • Public presentations can boost visibility and credibility for you and your business.
  • Make sure you understand who your audience will be and create your message around what is important to them.
  • Give a presentation that provides value. Your audience should learn something or be able to do something new, better or in a different way after listening to your talk.
  • Your slides should enhance and draw attention to what you are saying. They should not be text with you reading every word on the screen.
  • Practice, practice, practice so you are able to focus on adding personality to the presentation and not be thinking about what you’re going to say next.
  • To calm nerves concentrate on ensuring your audience understands your message versus thinking about how you look or the words you’re saying. Outward focus versus inward focus will make those jitters magically disappear.

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Thanks! Sue


  1. Nancy Stingone on August 15, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Sue Just got home from the amazing NGBC and what is in my inbox is your episode You’ve Been Asked to Speak at an Event. Now What?

    I was blown away, it’s as if you sent this directly to me!!!!

    I downloaded the presentation and listened to the episode and created a presentation with Power Point (FOR THE FIRST TIME), which I am going to use in two weeks for a 10 minute presentation to my networking group. I have opened Power Point so many times and your guidance help me create it!!!

    I cannot thank you enough for the step by step checklist!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

  2. Sue Monhait on August 15, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    You are very welcome. I really enjoyed our time together Nancy. Good luck with your presentation!

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