Wednesday

Presenting to a Large Group

I've got a little bit of news to tell you today. I've been busy, workshops are getting more popular, and I've started doing more presentations. The latest was a talk I gave to members of the Assante Wealth Group about what social media is and the basics of using Twitter. The group of 150 people were 50+ and only a handful had ever used social media before.

I started with a general overview of Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, using comparisons to give them any idea of what each of those sites is used for. Then I used a little story with slide photos to get across some of the do's and don'ts when using Twitter. Right now I'm in the process of putting the slides together on Slideshare and then I'll post it here for you to see.

My entire presentation (30 minutes) was video taped, but apparently the quality wasn't very good, so I didn't get a copy. I did record the presentation for myself when I practiced ahead of time, and will include that audio here if you would like to listen. Remember, this was a practice run, so you'll hear notification that my virus checker has been updated, as well as a few 'um's' and a bit of stumbling around. For some reason, I'm intimidated by the telephone it seems:(

If you haven't started speaking to groups yet, I encourage you to get out there and do it. Start with small groups like I did at the local Chamber of Commerce and work your way up. I realized when I did a smaller group recently that I need to see the faces of the people listening in order to do a good job. I seem to feed off their energy or something.

Now my challenge is to get over my nerves beforehand. During the presentations and afterwards, I feel great, but for days before I'm almost sick and wondering why I do it to myself:) Any suggestions?
 
Until next time,
Carol


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