In This chapter
Understanding why you want to volunteer to be the guest speaker
Identifying the best presentations and crafting one for yourself
Recognising what not to do – even if you think it’s right
They say that talk is cheap, but actually, the opportunity to demonstrate your expertise and your passion to a select and supportive audience is priceless.
Handled correctly, the opportunity to speak in front of your networking group is potentially the biggest opportunity that networking offers – not least because many members choose to avoid it.
In this chapter, you set up a strategy for turning yourself into one of the sought-after speakers with a reputation for delivering engaging, enjoyable and educational presentations.
When I first started going networking, as a fresh-faced 30-something with no business experience (as opposed to the weathered 40-something with many experiences best described as ‘character forming’ who’s currently writing this chapter), I noticed that the groups had speakers at each event.
At the end of each event, an interesting mixture of persuasion, begging and blackmail took ...