5 Tips to Get the Best out of Your Event’s Speakers If you’ve ever organized events, you probably encountered the number one stumbling block: speakers that don’t deliver on their promises. They go on for too long, their contributions are too standard, or they aren’t very to the point. This would be unheard of on radio or TV, but it seems as if they are able to get away with it when it comes to events. Even though you may feel as if you’re at the mercy of the speaker gods, this doesn’t necessarily need to be the case. Let me help you with these 5 tips!
Networking, networking events – as an entrepreneur you know they’re part of the deal. However, not everyone is a natural at networking and a lot of people struggle. Let me help you improve your networking game! Tip 1: Stop Selling, Start Listening. A lot of people seem to think networking is the same as selling. It isn’t. Networking is about establishing and building relationships. A crucial element of this process is showing genuine interest in the person across from you. I mean, think about it: do you really want to keep talking to the people that start pushing their product 4 minutes into the conversation?
I’m sure it has happened to you, too. You’re at some professional gathering, helping yourself to a drink and a bite, and someone comes up to you and asks ‘So, what does your company do?’. I’ll be perfectly honest with you. I may have made my career out of talking, but I messed up the answer to that question for longer than I care to admit to. Too long, too vague. But hey, at least I was enthusiastic! So, I decided to improve my pitch. How? Preparation and practice. Here’s what I learned and what I think you should know, too!