Are you wishing you could step up your speaking game to a new level--or just step up to speaking as a beginner? Enter The Eloquent Woman's new contest, and you'll have the chance to step up your speaking in 15 weeks, right on this blog. You'll get direct coaching from me via posts and videos on this blog, and you'll be posting, too--in video questions and sessions. The 15-week program will allow you to choose your top three priorities for improving your speaking--the things you most want to address--as well as 12 other essential steps that will help anyone improve as a public speaker.
Of course, just one lucky winner will be participating--but the rest of you will get to watch and learn alongside her. And here's the program our winner will follow: Every week, for 15 weeks, she'll submit a short video that asks questions about the week's topic, and she'll get coaching from me via video and written posts on the blog. The winner must agree to post once weekly for 15 weeks, and to do the exercises provided. The 15-week program for stepping up your public speaking includes:
- Week 1: Sharing your concerns about public speaking, and your three priorities for what you want to improve. I'll share what we can accomplish together.
- Week 2: Creating a message you want to convey. You'll submit your ideas about the 3 points you want to convey, and I'll do a message makeover to help you get your message across.
- Week 3: We'll address your number-one priority. You ask questions, I'll share answers.
- Week 4: Every speaker hesitates a bit when facing the audience, some more than others. We'll work on building confidence and reducing stress in speaking.
- Week 5: Are there really gender issues related to public speaking? We'll talk about your experiences and the history, psychology and social issues related to women and public speaking.
- Week 6: Your second priority comes to the fore: Your questions, my answers.
- Week 7: Where's the speaker? We'll cover positioning yourself when you speak: Using a lectern, sitting, standing, moving around will be our topics.
- Week 8: Connecting with the audience is the key to any speaking opportunity. We'll talk about how to connect with and persuade your audience -- and help them pay attention to your talk.
- Week 9: Your third priority, along with its questions and answers.
- Week 10: This week, we'll consider those double-edged swords for women speakers--appearance factors that can work for or against you--such as hair, makeup, jewelry and wardrobe.
- Week 11: We'll build the skills you need for working with program organizers: What to ask them, what to tell them about you and your talk. In this week, you'll approach some speaking opportunities and tell us about your progress.
- Week 12: You'll share a video of yourself conveying your message in a short talk, and get useful feedback on how you can improve your results.
- Week 13: Learning how to followup after a speech is this week's topic, from handouts to thanks and recommendations.
- Week 14: You'll share another video of yourself trying out your short message, using the feedback from week 12, with more pointers.
- Week 15: Open season: You can ask three more questions--either as followups to what we've learned, or things not covered.
That's a lot of coaching! But in addition to the 15 weeks of advice, the winner also will receive this custom-designed Flip MinoHD Camcorder, a $229 value. It's also the tool that will enable you to easily share your questions by video; all the software needed to edit, upload and store your videos is contained within the camera.
Here's how to enter:
Finally: Tell your female friends and colleagues about this opportunity--even if you don't want to participate, you may have colleagues or friends who'd benefit from this type of coaching. (And yes, while I coach both men and women to be effective public speakers and media interview subjects, this contest is open to women only--my own way of helping advance their chances to compete in a sphere that's often been closed to them.) Public speaking training's one of the best professional development skills you can acquire. Don't miss this chance to try! Leave your questions in the comments and I'll do my best to answer them.
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