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Jul 20

How To Launch A Strong Brand – JoJo Husain Speaks Up In Summer!

By Briohny Williams | Coaching

Originally published via Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/howtopresenttraining/

Join us on How To Present's Facebook page for upcoming Speak Up In Summer events throughout July, including live Interviews and free training!

“If you want something you’ve never had, then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done.” - Thomas Jefferson

Josephine Husain, known as JoJo, took the leap into entrepreneurship as a freelance photographer in 2011 and faced many of the struggles new business owners will be all-too-familiar with. Despite her best efforts to market and sell her (awesome!) service, all she was hearing was crickets!

Even though she was discouraged and ultimately deciding to fold her photography business, the birth of her first child became a defining moment. Her “WHY” suddenly became totally clear.

She took a leap and signed up with a business coach, learning new ways and places to SPEAK UP to build her own brand and successful business. Now a certified coach, JoJo helps female entrepreneurs to create strong brands and marketing strategies that generate consistent leads and income.

Many new entrepreneurs would LOVE to know how to build up their business online – and with a growing community on Facebook, Boss Ladies Making It Happen, her coaching business and an online course – JoJo has the strategies!

JoJo joined me on the How To Present Facebook page to share the ways her business really accelerated when she learned to SPEAK UP about her own brand and business.

And did we mention this former freelance photographer has overcome social anxiety to build her brand and business by going live on Facebook multiple times every week?!

you can check out the full interview here


“I actually got my first two clients because they remembered what I said when I spoke up on social media and they came to me directly...         'I need your help!'”

JoJo Husain

Jul 18

Podcasters Shine A Light On Powerful Stories – The Pop Culture Passionistas Speak Up In Summer!

By Briohny Williams | Podcasts

Originally published via Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/howtopresenttraining/

Join us on How To Present's Facebook page for upcoming Speak Up In Summer events throughout July, including live Interviews and free training!

Pop Culture Passionistas, sisters Amy and Nancy Harrington have been inspired by the #MeToo movement and #TimesUp campaign and decided to use their skills as celebrity interviewers to work to tell a different kind of story. 

Where many podcasters reserve their airtime for the elite, Amy and Nancy are talking to amazing women you probably haven’t heard of, who are making a huge difference by following their passions. 

Amy & Nancy joined me on the How To Present Facebook page to to explain how, and why, they speak up to shine a light on the positive stories of women on The Passionistas Project Podcast.

you can check out the full interview here

get to know the pop culture passionistas, Amy & Nancy Harrington

The #MeToo & #TImesUp Movement

“..Inspired us to create a podcast where we talk about strong, empowered women who are doing what they want(ed) to do, not on anybody else's terms”

Amy Harrington

Jul 15

Social Media Speaking Confidence Training – Speak Up In Summer!

By Briohny Williams | Social Media

Originally published via Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/howtopresenttraining/

Join us on How To Present's Facebook page for upcoming Speak Up In Summer events throughout July! Including live Interviews and free training!

Let me ask you a question... 

Do you keep telling yourself you'll go LIVE this week, and then find ALL the reasons that it could wait? You need just a little more time, preparation, a new opt-in to offer, a new haircut etc!?!

Are you taking FOREVER to make that 2 minute video?

As part of the Speak Up In Summer series, I took a look at 5 practical tactics that will help build your social media speaking confidence.

Building up the confidence and solid communication skills needed to post videos and go live on social media has got A LOT of people stuck! So, let's get you unstuck!

If you want, and need, to boost engagement and make real connections (and find clients!) through social media, at some stage you're going to have to step out from behind the keyboard and share a little to build trust and respect. Your potential clients want to know who you are and what you're all about, as well as your product or service.

Watch the replay of this free mini-training session where I run through the top 5 tactics that are working on social media right now so you can present with ease, clarity and confidence when you make videos and go live, wherever your audience hangs out! 

I'll give you a hint.. it's all in the preparation!

When you're ready to make focused and effective communication a priority in your business, for yourself or your team members, the Build Your Brand Through Public Speaking Program will help you step you through a road-tested process to communicate more confidently, connect with your customers and grow your business! Learn how to join here

“Building up the confidence and solid communication skills needed to post videos and go live on social media has got A LOT of people stuck!


So, let's get you unstuck!”

Bri Williams

How To Present

Jul 08

Facebook Live with Dr. Carey Yazeed: Public Speaking for Entrepreneurs

By Briohny Williams | Social Media

LinkedIn is becoming my new favourite place to make connections, and my recent interview with Dr. Carey Yazeed really does show the the power of speaking up in your business. I was actually looking for guest speakers for my Speak Up In Summer Challenge, and somehow ended up being interviewed myself!

Business strategist & speaker, Dr. Yazeed offers professional development in entrepreneurship and podcasting. 

She’s also the host of Beauty, Brains & Business - a weekly show on Apple Podcast, Spotify and iHeartRadio, as well as the published author of Lipstick, Heels & Hustle: A Woman's Guide To Entrepreneurship. 

We chat about strategies for new and experienced entrepreneurs that want to move out from behind the keyboard and utilise video and live streaming for their business, as well as how different types of feedback can take your skills to the next level.

"Sometimes we’ve got to move from behind our keyboard, and people, they need to 

see you!"

Dr. Carey Yazeed

Jun 21

Speaker Style: Jim Kwik, The Brainiac

By Briohny Williams | Speaker Style

Today's Speaker Style is Jim Kwik's 10 Steps To Improve Your Memory

We're not all born with the ability to jump up on stage or hold the whole rooms' attention with a story, however we all have the ability to learn how to be great at public speaking.

The people that capture our hearts and minds have all spent time on their public speaking skills, strengthening over time with practice and good habits.

You can do that too by watching other speakers to see what you like, what you don't, and think about how you could use what you like to develop your own personal style.

Speaker Style: The Brainiac

Jim Kwik is the world's leading brain and memory coach, and CEO & Founder of Kwik Learning. He's also great speaker to listen to when your brain needs a boost, becuse “If knowledge is power, learning is a superpower”, and he really can teach us a lot!

Biography

"I was known as the “boy with the broken brain. ” A childhood head injury at age five left me struggling in school. For a while, I even believed I could never be as good as other kids when it came to learning.

I was slow and barely survived school, but never stopped hoping for better. I often talk about “superhero brains” and “superpowers” when I’m referring to life-long learners and learning. It’s not just because I’m a geek, though....

...I discovered that, no matter the circumstances, we can rebuild our brains. And after working on myself, I realized my brain was not broken…it just needed a better owner’s manual. This shattered my own limiting beliefs – and over time, it became my passion to help others do the same."

Read more at JimKwik.com

Quotable Quote

The most enjoyable part about listening to Jim Kwik is that you can see that he lives what he teaches. He has so many sound bytes that once you listen to a few of his videos or podcasts you realise why he is so effective; simple rhymes, alliteration and emphasis on key concepts make his talks rich and massively informative. In relation to this topic, boosting your memory capacity, he says;

"Information alone is not memorable. Information combined with emotion becomes a long-term memory" - Jim Kwik

What To Watch For

  • So many quotes! "Don't rehearse your fears, rehearse for your successes", "What you eat matters, especially for your grey matter", "Where your focus goes your energy flows". Jim is a very deliberate speaker; every message is so carefully crafted to make it memorable.
  • It's interactive. It would be very easy to make this a dry, academic talk. Instead, he makes the topic relatable, and gets you doing what he's doing - showing you as well as telling you what he knows. So much more fun than simply listening. How many of the top 10 can you remember?
  • It's motivational - watch this and tell me you don't want to change at least one of your thoughts or behaviours. Not many speakers can move their audience to action!
  • The memorization technique he talks about at 11:05 in the video - specifically for remembering key points in a speech! 

What other speakers really get you fired up to take action? Are there other experts out there that have a great way of simplifying complex topics?

If you've got a talk you love, pop it in the comments below!

Jun 07

20 Video Ideas To Add Value & Boost Your Online Presence

By Briohny Williams | Creating Videos

It's tough constantly coming up with new ideas for content when you're posting on a daily or weekly basis in your business. It can be even harder when to think of content that you can record and share with your audience.

Here are 20 ideas for content that you can create quickly and share widely. Let us know in the comments below what other topics you'd share!

  1. 1
    All About You – a spoken version of your CV/resume highlights, this is content you probably already have on your website, so start there and freshen up it! It's a chance to show your personality, credentials, and storytelling skills.
  2. 2
    How your company started – has your company got an interesting past?
  3. 3
    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – do you get asked the same questions about your services or products ALL the time? Pop the 5 – 10 most popular requests in a video, as well as a link where they can get more support for any other questions. 
  4. 4
    Start Here – if a customer is completely new to your business, where should they get started? Think about how your customers typically find you, and where you want their journey with you to start
  5. 5
    Behind the scenes – what’s cooking?! Let the audience see behind the scenes of your latest video, project, workshop, etc.
  1. 6
    Introduction to your social media page – who is your page for, what they can expect from you, available resources and how to contact you.
  2. 7
    Welcome to your social media group – similar to the social media page intro, plus posting schedule, group rules and opportunities, upcoming challenges. 
  3. 8
    Reviews – books, videos, apps, services, experiences – have you seen something that your customers might be interested in? Let them know what you thought of it and where they can access. Could include affiliate links also, as long as you’re upfront about it and are not masking a paid promotion as a review.
  4. 9
    Tools – your tools of the trade could be interesting and useful to others. How to organize your notes and projects, through to hardware and paid services that you recommend. Could also include affiliate links.
  5. 10
    Summarize your blog post – help your audience catch up on the latest news and save them time. Add the link to the blog under the video so they can also read for more information.
  1. 11
    Your freebies – share your free resources with your audience, remembering to come from the WIIFM mindset (what’s in it for me?) – your audience want to know how it’s going to help them, e.g. save time, reduce mistakes, boost confidence and more.
  2. 12
    Tell a story – Describe a transformation, a funny event, process, new understanding or just entertain! Describe going from point A to point B, with all the juicy details in between. Could also include a call to action.
  3. 13
    Your latest offer – including customer benefits (as opposed to features), what’s included, the transformation, and a call to action.
  4. 14
    Teach – If your business includes facilitation or coaching, share a useful model, process, or self-assessment that is thought and conversation provoking.
  5. 15
    Interview – bring in an expert or a complementary business to bring even more value to your audience. This is sometimes an easier format for those new to video, as you share the "load" in terms of speaking. It can also be harder if your interviewee takes over! Discuss your video plan in advance, including how long you want the video to run, and the couple of topics you will focus on, or the exact questions you will ask them.
  1. 16
    Sales page – add a video to your existing landing page, shown to increase conversions.
  2. 17
    Address objections / re-energize – Send mailing list subscribers more and/or different information about your product or service to address any concerns they may have.
  3. 18
    Thank you page – it’s nice to say a personal thanks! Especially difficult if your business doesn’t have a physical presence, showing up can help build ongoing relationships. 
  4. 19
    Client testimonial – either with you telling the story, or your client if you can convince them to go on camera!
  5. 20
    Inspirational & Motivational – we all need a little of both sometimes! Share a story or quote that has helped you and put some positive vibes out there!

You don't need to tackle all of these! Depending on where you are in your business journey, different videos will make more sense for where you're up to. If you're brand new to business, it pays to get very clear on who you are and what your brand is all about.

Join us in the Presentations To Profit virtual workshop and get absolutely clear on your message so you really connect with your ideal audience when it counts!

May 25

A Simple Mindfulness Practice To Banish Anxiety Before and During Public Speaking

By Briohny Williams | Confidence

Let’s take a moment to picture this.

You’ve been asked to make a speech at work, and you have a day to prepare. Just a 15 minute update, they say... You know the content well; however, you just can’t seem to get your thoughts straight about how to start or what content to cover, and your stomach is already knotting up. Maybe you’ll just call in sick... forever.

For you, the setting might be different or perhaps the amount of time you have to prepare, however the reality remains the same - speaking in public is up there amongst people’s worst fears. The thought alone, let alone the presentation itself, causes us to revert to classic fight or flight behavior and feel incredibly anxious and exposed. Often unconsciously we fear being rejected either for our ideas, or as a person.

To counter-balance these fears we can use mindfulness as an invaluable tool for dealing with the intense scrutiny we feel when we’re in the spotlight. 

Public speaking is a dialogue, a two-way communication between yourself and the audience. In the midst of negative self-talk and self-doubt, we interrupt this interaction with the audience by turning our thoughts inwards, disengaging from the audience, which in turn makes us perform worse. Talk about brain sabotage! 

Try this simple mindfulness practice and take back control! 

Prepare your content and do a full rehearsal.
If you’re feeling anxious you may find a rehearsal stressful and try to avoid it altogether, however underpreparing is likely to make things worse, not better! Run through the entire presentation, with particular focus on the first 3 lines of your introduction and conclusion, as most people are relatively comfortable with “the middle”. Record yourself on video to watch back and remember you will likely be a much worse critic than your audience. 

Make real contact with your audience.
Look them in the eyes, know that they want you to do well, and if anxious thoughts start to surface remind yourself that you have been asked to speak because you have the knowledge to do so. Every presentation is a real opportunity to share ideas, get people inspired and get things done. If you’re not aiming for one of these objectives, just print the slides and hand them over to the audience to read!

Start with confidence.
Use a firm and confident voice that even the back row can hear. Start strong with the first 3 lines (that you have rehearsed to a comfortable, natural delivery) and keep your energy levels high throughout. Look for positive energy in the crowd, a colleague smiling or nodding their head in agreement. 

Learn to go with the flow.
Technology can fail, someone could drop coffee on your notes, or you have a head cold on the day. None of these factors can actually stop you connecting with the audience and delivering your message. Preparation is so important to achieve this level of calm and confidence when it’s all going wrong around you. If you thought you could skip the first step, time to reconsider!

And Breathe…. 

Essential for life and public speaking! Practice deep breathing before you begin your presentation to calm your mind and nervous system and remember to build in plenty of pauses in your presentation. This allow time for your audience to absorb your messages and will also limit the chance of breathlessness that can cue an anxious response. 

Now picture this..

  • The next time you’re approached to prepare a presentation for work/school/the local swim club you feel a little anxious, as you want to do a great job. 
  • You know where to start this time as you asked a couple of clarifying questions to get to the objective of the presentation, and you feel confident to prepare good content. 
  • Once you’ve drafted the presentation you set about rehearsing and refining until you’re happy with the content and delivery. You hate seeing yourself on video, however you can see that you’ve improved each time you’ve rehearsed and you’re finishing within the time that you’ve been given on the agenda.
  • On the day, you feel some of the old reactions in your body and remind yourself that people want to see you do well and you have the knowledge to deliver on this topic.
  • Because you have a more relaxed mindset when you begin, you remember your opening lines and get a laugh from the audience. Thankfully, the joke was planned!

It may be incredibly hard to imagine a day when this could be you.

The anxiety around public speaking is real, however if you want (or need) to make presentations, speeches, pitches, do fundraising or promote your business, new ways of thinking and a few new practices could be the change your brain is looking for.

Would some feedback be useful?

Book some time in to discuss your speaking goals today.

Apr 24

Speaker Style: Brené Brown, The Storytelling Introvert

By Briohny Williams | Speaker Style

Today's Speaker Style is Brene Brown's The Call to Courage Netflix Original

Brene Brown's The Call To Courage is available on Netflix. Click image to access

We're not all born with the ability to jump up on stage or hold the whole rooms' attention with a story, however we all have the ability to learn how to be great at public speaking.

The people that capture our hearts and minds have all spent time on their public speaking skills, strengthening over time with practice and good habits.

You can do that too by watching other speakers to see what you like, what you don't, and think about how you could use what you like to develop your own personal style.

Speaker Style

The Storytelling Introvert

It's just like a chat with your best pal, with plenty of sweary bits (Brene loves an f-bomb) and loads of laugh-out-loud, relatable stories. As a self-proclaimed introvert, she may find it easier to stand up to a crowd like that than attend the promotional events that accompany the release of the documentary, however the focus here is on the story she wants to share. You know there is an ocean of knowledge backing up the opinions delivered in her credible and comfortable style.  The persuasive examples she uses to demonstrate her studies into shame and vulnerability will make you laugh and cry. Her studies illustrate that these are powerful topics for many people, and to quote Brene "Maybe stories are just data with a soul". 

Biography

RESEARCHER. STORYTELLER. TEXAN.
The official line: I’m a research professor at the University of Houston where I hold the Huffington – Brené Brown Endowed Chair. I’ve spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. I’m the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of ImperfectionDaring GreatlyRising StrongBraving the Wilderness, and Dare to Lead. Read more at BreneBrown.com

Quotable Quote

Brene herself has loads of her own quotable quotes, however the most powerful moment is when she recalls the turning point after her initial 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerabilitywas shared to the world, followed by the intense shame and embarrassment she felt after reading negative comments about her weight and appearance. She needed a Teddy Roosevelt quote to turn her perspective around.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming." — Theodore Roosevelt, 1910

What To Watch For

  • The Roosevelt quote uses perfect pauses for emphasis and builds feeling
  • It's a storytelling masterclass. Every key point is illustrated with a story to show us not only what she found in her studies, but she powerfully shows how her points relate to us all.  Writing notes, holding hands, tears.. the audience were absolutely HOOKED.
  • The language she uses. She's very relaxed using relatable, everyday language. Some people may be turned off by the swearing, however it serves to reinforce that this is a talk for everyone (of a sweary age). 
  • Her energy management. It's a long talk and she's just as passionate, interested and engaged at the end as she is in the beginning of the talk. 

Netflix have made accessing thought provoking documentaries as easy as can be. There's a huge range of nonfiction available to get those synapses firing!

If you've got a talk you love, pop it in the comments below!

Want to work on your Storytelling skills?

Book some time in to discuss your speaking goals today.

Apr 18

The Secret Sauce for Top Presenters? Try Eye Contact

By Briohny Williams | Body Language

It's Showtime!

If you've been following along at home, we started by building eye contact into our preparation and have asked for feedback to improve before the big day.

Eye contact is one of the most powerful tools at your disposal.

On the day, ensure you’re in the room in advance of the presentation to familiarize yourself with the set up and nail down any final logistical details.

Once you’ve done this, if the format allows, talk to people that will be in the audience, and any of your “supporters” that are in the room. Even if you freeze, your supporters are not going to mind you pausing and taking a moment to remember where you’re up to in your presentation.

And breathe..

When it’s time, take a deep, calm breath and take your place.

Do not start speaking until you have your feet firmly planted shoulder width apart, you have the audience’s attention and you have your opening lines ready.

Depending on the size of your audience, you will need to use different movements, however let’s think about 2 common scenarios:

  • 1
    The boardroom / meeting room, up to around 20 people seated around a table. You may be seated or standing at the front of the room, or perhaps you’re around the table too. Wherever you are sitting, consider that the “front” of the room and look to the “back” of the room, and then at various points down both sides of the table. Alternate which side of the table you are looking at, and then to the back of the room again.
  • 2
    Theatre or auditorium seating, with rows of chairs in front of you. You are standing at the front of the room, perhaps with a lectern (though preferably not to make the most of all your body language tools).
  • Visualize a clock, and look first at the front row of the seating (6), move your eyes to the left (10), to the far back (12), to the right (3) and then towards the front again (5). 
  • No matter where the audience is sitting, if you move through these five points in random order throughout your presentation, everyone will feel your gaze at some point. 
  • Before too long, you won’t need to use the clock system, however this is handy when you are establishing new habits.

Read the Room

Let yourself really look at the audience, observe their body language.

Are they leaning back, checking their emails, talking to their neighbour? Time to change your volume, pace or ask a question.

Or are they looking back at you, leaning forward, nodding? Add emphasis, pause and let your message sink in. 

There may be moments of both throughout your presentation, and if you’re not looking you will not notice! The key is to know when you may need to adjust by keeping an eye on your audience and knowing how to adjust based on the messages they are sending you.

Don't Send False Messages

No matter how well you know your topic or how well regarded you are for the other work you do, if you do not make eye contact there is the very real chance that others will mistake this for lack of confidence, potentially lowering your credibility, and almost definitely boring your audience. Look up, look around, and make sure you use this extremely powerful tool at your disposal.

Radiate confidence, connect with your audience and boost your credibility and authenticity through the roof.

If you missed how to prepare and rehearse with eye contact, learn how you can anticipate and overcome nerves and anxiety by visualising your audience while you rehearse. 

Apr 12

Speaker Style: Pico Iyer, The Worldly Professor

By Briohny Williams | Speaker Style

There's nothing more interesting and exciting than an idea presented brilliantly.

We're not all born with the ability to jump up on stage or hold the whole rooms' attention with a story, however the great news is, we all have the ability to learn great public speaking.

So, where do we begin to master speaking techniques and develop our storytelling? And if it's not too much to ask, feel great when we are in the spotlight?

The people that capture our hearts and minds have all spent time on their public speaking skills, strengthening over time with practice and good habits. We can do that too by watching other speakers to see what you like, what you don't - and hopefully learn something new along the way.

Our first Speaker Style is Pico Iyer's Where is Home TED talk

Speaker Style

The Worldly Professor

Equal parts teacher and philosopher, you can imagine the worldly professor the lecture halls of a celebrated university by day, and penning their memoirs by night. They reflect on the world around them, asking great questions and rubbing their chins in deep, deep thought.  

Biography

Pico Iyer has spent more than 30 years tracking movement and stillness — and the way criss-crossing cultures have changed the world, our imagination and all our relationships. Read more at TED.com

Quotable Quote

And home, in the end, is of course not just the place where you sleep. It's the place where you stand.

What To Watch For

  • The use of storytelling to hook and re-engage his audience throughout
  • Clear connection made to the objective of his talk (where home is) multiple times during the talk
  • Use of humour to relate to and include his audience
  • A succinct and thought-provoking conclusion

TED Talks are a maze that I could happily get lost in for days, as there are so many amazing ideas and speakers to explore. And, if you're interested (read: a little obsessed) with them too, there's an entire book dedicated to the art of the TED talk, Talk Like TED, if you really want to nerd out.

If you've got a talk you love, pop it in the comments below!

Want to work on your Worldly Professor skills?

Book some time in to discuss your speaking goals today.