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How do You Get the Most Out of a Conference? As a Presenter and Attendee!

How do You Get the Most Out of a Conference? As a Presenter and Attendee!

How to Get the Most Out of a Conference?

How Do You Give a Good Workshop?

Why an Entrepreneur needs to learn both?

Have you attended workshops, gone home, back to work and everything you learned was forgotten.

  • Did you meet new people but never saw or talked to them again?
  • Did you host a workshop and things did not go smoothly?
  • Did you spend all this energy to present and then “crickets”, no one asked for your services? Did you even offer next steps?

We will discuss how to get the most out of a conference. This article is devoted to both the attendees of a conference but also to the presenter. As a presenter we also need to step away from the podium and be an attendee and we will get more networking than just from being at the front of the room.

If you have never been a presenter, it’s time to think about being one. It will help build your authority in your business industry. So, no matter where you are in your business journey, this article is for you.

You go to industry conferences. You pay huge dollars for training conferences. You go to networking events. But when it’s over, how do you synthesize it? What do you do with the information? What about the people you met? And most importantly, apply it to your business?

Since this article is written for both the presenter and attendee, I will focus on the presenter first. Remember, even if you have not presented yet, this is a good time to learn for future reference. You can do it. My tips will make you have a great presentation. It’s the best way for people to learn about you and your business.

Preparation Is Everything

First create an outline.  Decide what topic you want to share.

What are you an expert on?

What are some knowledge and tools you can pass on that will help people with their business or quality of life?

Make sure there is a relationship between what you teach and the product you sell. That way you will have the right audience for your presentation, your target market.

Make sure you have a call to action at the end.

What Goes into Your Presentation? 

Create a short description and then pick a title that tells what you are speaking on. When people have tons of choices a cutesy title might be nice but it should clearly describe your topic and its relevancy to them. These two are what people will see when they are deciding whether to attend your workshop. so make it enticing and a “not to be missed” topic. 

Then decide on the content.

Tell your audience right up front about the problem they may be facing that your presentation will address and offer solutions.

Then a bit about you and why they should listen to you.

Next up deliver training.

Conclude with next steps and if appropriate Call to Action of how you can help (soft sell). I often give free gifts ie resources to help them. That helps them develop the knowledge or tools I shared. Also reinforces trust and value of working with me.

A lot depends on how much time you have for your workshop, but if possible, it is fun to give a demo. Awesome. Or perhaps ask people to do an exercise.

If you are doing a PowerPoint, here are some tips. Make slides easy to see. Lots of graphics to engage them. Use fun and descriptive graphics. After all, photos say a 1000 words.

Use minimum text for each slide and in big and easy to read font. Nothing is worse than a bunch of text no one can see at the back of the room.

Have the PPT version to share on a screen. But always good to have a PDF version as backup. That helped me when I had to use a backup computer.

First goal of being a presenter: visibility, building authority and trust. How do you turn your audience into future potential clients or referral agents? What do you need to be a great Presenter?

Are You a Good Presenter?

If standing up in front of a room is easy for you, enough said. But if you hate it, you will need to practice a few times till you feel confident. If you know your topic you can’t get lost. Your passion will come through. Don’t memorize it. Just know exactly what you want to start off with and away you go.

Often starting right into a story that intrigues your audience will help. Those first few minutes will determine if they want to hear more from you. Begin with a story or let them know right up front what the problem is and how you will have an answer so they will want to stay. Their life depends on it. (well at least part).

Myth: You don’t need to be an awesome speaker. Just be authentic – speak with your passion and from your heart. These are people who need what you offer. Keep that in mind.

Tip: Many speakers who are introverts, bounce into a room to give themselves an adrenalin rush. You can do the same without the bounce. Just internally say to yourself, “I can, I will. I am awesome.” Pump yourself up.

Tools for Your Workshop

  • A good working computer with power cable.
  • PPT Presentation on your computer desktop or on USB stick (so you are not reliant on WIFI)
  • HTML cable to plug into the TV or projector. 
  • A remote wireless PowerPoint presenter (can step away from computer and move around the room)
  • Hard copy materials to handout if appropriate to your presentation.
  • Bottle of water and hard candies – keep yourself hydrated. Candies keep you from getting cotton mouth.  
  • Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides

What to Wear?

Funny, for all the years I have been a speaker, I always dressed in business attire. But things have changed. Dress for the audience. I have been wearing much more casual clothing than I used too. Boots and jeans are more my style today. Though I still wear a dress or nice pants and blouse for more formal business events. But I still make sure makeup is right and hair is neat. So, gage your audience. I know some ladies like to wear tight, short, sleeveless dresses. But call me old fashion, but I think it is a distraction. But hey, who am I to criticize.

Advertising Your Session

Create a flyer or postcard and/or sticker identifying your presentation and date. We use Canva to create ours. Then print using Vistaprint. In my graphic (see below) you will see a my bright sticker and postcard and business card. I used a QR code to help people find the landing page to get all of my goodies.

Create a landing page: Share your bio, describe your presentation and where they can download your PowerPoint slides and links to your goodies. We use our email marketing program’s landing pages. But if you have a WordPress website, you can create one there. Hint: take the link and create a customized bit.ley link at https://bitly.com.

Create a Social Media Strategy: 4 weeks out from the presentation. I would suggest both organic and some paid. 2 weeks in advance is the minimum suggested time frame for a paid ad on Facebook. Takes a couple of days for Facebook to optimize your post audience.

Follow-up Process: Have people sign up for your email list during your event. If you have a gift that will make it easier such as the PowerPoint slides and some free tools, a quiz, a pdf, etc.

Once the event has passed you should create a strategy to reach these people. Otherwise they will forget you. For those that signed up, you could send a series of emails making sure they received value from your event. Did they apply the knowledge? Do they have questions you can help with?

I just received an awesome text from one of my attendees. He said, “I was just telling someone about GEW and mentioned how your presentation helped me communicate my ideal customer better and how that’s got me connected to some potential new clients.”

Connect on LinkedIn: great idea to connect with audience on LinkedIn. If you have the attendee list (with any that have a LinkedIn profile) and send them a personal message.

Could you offer a follow-up coffee gathering, create a meetup, webinar, or workshop? Nurturing your connections will lead to new sales down the road.

Then take a break. Relax for a couple of days and get your energy back.

Listener Tips

Plan a strategy before you attend your next conference.

If you have attended a conference with several sessions, there should be two objectives for you:
#1 Take notes of ideas you learned that are applicable to your business. Find time to digest what you learned and apply it.
#2 Develop new contacts and create networking follow-up.

Let’s break it down.

I cannot tell a lie, some of the following ideas came from a Workshop I attended at #GEWKC called “Post-GEW Processing: Ideas, Connections and Goals….Oh MY! Lead by Jennifer White of Clearing for Launch. She is a clarity coach. Her tag line is “GET Clear, GET Confident, Get Conquering”. Jen will clear your path of whatever obstacles are standing in your way to launch your business or even personal life. Sometimes even our personal life gets in the way of our business success. You can find her at: https://clearingforlaunch.com.

I give Jen credit for not only adding to some of my listener tips, but actually, her workshop inspired me to write this blog post.

Bring a fresh new notebook. Date and put time for each session and note the speaker and their contact information. (Jen actually gave us a notebook to take home with us).

After each session, leave a couple of blank pages for extra notes to be added later.

Bring a couple of pens with different colors – blue, black, red, green. Assign these colors for what is important for you. That will help portions of your notes stand out for the “lightbulb” moments and when you review your notes afterwards. Or a different color for each workshop. If you take photos of the PowerPoints, go retrieve them and add content to your notes.

Workshop Follow-up Strategy

Go through your notes for each session. Write down at least 1 thing you learned from each session that you can implement in your business.

 Did you learn anything new that inspired you?

 Put a price tag on what you got out of each session. How much value did you get that will help you grow your business?

If you were inspired by the speaker, reach out to them through LinkedIn, or send them an email or text and show appreciation for their workshop. Everyone loves praise. Ask yourself “could you use their services?” 

Networking Strategies

 Business Cards: What do you do with those business cards you collected?

First of all, bring plenty of cards with you. OMG, many times I have asked people for their cards and they either said “I don’t have one or left them at home or office.” Really!! You came to a conference without the ability to network. Sorry, I don’t mean personally you. I am sure you brought cards, but many people I meet do not. If you want people to remember you, contact you, how can you not easily reach for one or several to give out. Keep a little wallet or pouch just for the cards you bring. I often put them in the back of a name tag holder.

Another tip: when someone does give you their card, look at it. Don’t just stash it in your pocket. It shows disrespect. Like you don’t care. If you look at it, you can make a comment to them about their card. It can stir the conversation. Plus, when you’re reviewing them at the end of the day, you will remember who gave you which. Visually remember face to card.

By the way, I would take a fresh look at your own cards. Does your business card say who you are and what you do? If it doesn’t you may want to redesign it. It’s cheap enough to buy new ones. Even I am going to redesign my cards. I found out that having your up to date photo on your card is a huge benefit. People will remember you better. So, photos and a tag line are important for your business card.

What the heck to do with those cards?

Processing the Cards

If you collected cards, enter the data into your CRM (customer relationship management system) or in an excel spreadsheet.  Some programs have mobile apps that will scan the card for you. Make a note of when at the event you met them and why. When should you reach out?  That will help you when you contact them. Determine which ones could be potential customers and which ones would be good networking partners. Create emails, messages or phone call scripts for those.

Tips from Jennifer’s presentation at #GEWKC. As you go through your cards make a note of the following:

  • What do they do that intrigues you?
  • What about them did you dislike (chuck those or give to someone else)?
  • What are they passionate about?
  • What workshop were you in together?
  • Why do you want to spend more time with them?
  • How did they make you feel?
  • Who do you know in common?
  • Who would you like to connect them too?
  • How can you help them?
  • If you promised them something, DO IT RIGHT AWAY. KEEP YOUR PROMISES.

What if you didn’t follow-up right away? You stashed the cards on a shelf and forgot about them. Here it is 3 months after you attended the event, what do you do now. Surely everyone will have forgotten you. Besides beating yourself up for procrastinating and saying “next time I will do better” follow-up now!!!!. It’s never too late. Carve out a weekend and get it done.  You can always say, “hey life got in the way, but I didn’t forget you.” Anyone would appreciate it, just like you would.

Connect with Everyone on LinkedIn

My sister Gillian makes a habit of linking in with speakers before she attends the conference. How brilliant is that. When she attends their session, sometimes they remember her. They are friends before she meets them.

But if you are like me and forget to do that, once the conference is over, go ahead and ask for the connection. If you have under 500 connections, getting above that threshold is helpful for LinkedIn to share your posts. You have more authority. Secondly, you never know when that new connection might prove profitable in new business or a referral. If you post videos on your LinkedIn, your connections connections and even sometimes their connections will see your video. That in itself is a great reason.

You can send someone a message to connect with you that you met at XYZ conference. Ask what they liked best. If you want to build a relationship with some of the people you met, this is a great way to start.

Also, I would suggest checking your LinkedIn newsfeed daily just like Facebook. You will find out what those new connections are up too. Make a comment and start building those relationships. Eventually those could become friends, clients or fabulous referrals.

Hint for the next conference you attend: Use your phone to build connections.

Make Sure You Have the LinkedIn App on Your Mobile Phone

Two ways to connect with someone instead of or in addition to getting their business card:

#1 Use your scan code. Yes, LinkedIn has a scan code.

Here are the steps:

Ask your new friend, to go to their LinkedIn profile on their phone. Go to your profile as well. See at the top of the page there is a symbol with three boxes and an X.

LinkedIn Profile

Touch that with your finger. Next screen says LinkedIn code. You have a choice now with someone. You can scan their code, or they can scan your code. Immediately you will be connected. Once you get home you can send a follow-up message to deepen the new connection. Test it yourself right now with my QR code.

 

#2 Have a LinkedIn party while at the happy hour. We did. Everyone loved it. Makes new friends.

Ask everyone with you to open their LinkedIn app on their mobile. At the bottom of the screen you will see an icon of two people (see graphic below). Click that. That icon is your connections icon. Once you tap it, you will be directed to another screen. On this screen you will be offered to add contacts, scan QR code (another way) or Find nearby. It is probably OFF (see graphics below). Turn it on and everyone near you that has a LinkedIn profile will show up as a potential connection. Connect right there.

When you get home or the next morning send a message about your connections and build your relationships from there.  Think about all the people you chat with at a conference and never see them again. With this option, never again does that have to happen.

Summarizing. You made the time out of from work to attend. Make it work for you. Create an accountability around doing your follow-up. Assign 30 minutes a day to reviewing your notes and what you want to do with the information and the people you met.

  • Review your notes.
  • Determine where to implement those ideas.
  • Update business cards to your CRM.
  • Make a list of people you want to contact and then do that.
  • LinkedIn with as many people as you can that you met.
  • Then create a video and post on LinkedIn. 

If you want to create videos but you don’t know how, you surely want to check out our blog post on Marketing Your Business with Video.

Conferences have the ability to inspire us, teach us new strategies and make new friends. Happy conference attending. Make the time worthwhile.

If you found this article helpful, please let me know. Check out our website for all of our goodies. No obligation. We want to see you successful.

Our goal is to help small business owners with their online marketing. If you are not sure you have it all in place, we offer a 15-minute consult to help you see what may be missing. 

By Janet Elie

Internet Marketing Specialist

Launch4Life

janet@launch4life.com

Women Empowering Women – International Women’s Day

Women Empowering Women – International Women’s Day

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Women Empowering Women

March 8th, 2019 is a day of Women Empowering Women. It’s called International Women’s Day and has been in existence since 1975. What is fabulous, is that it is celebrated around the world by all different cultures and different cities. But wherever you are, it is a chance to mentor or be mentored. By helping each other, we all have the opportunity to be great at whatever we choose to do. Whether it is empowering women in the workplace or giving business ideas for women. Lets give women who are struggling, a leg up the ladder, so we can all be brilliant together.

Why is this so important? Without it, we would not have the right to vote today. We wouldn’t be fighting for equal pay for equal work. Women still struggle to support themselves. Many women are not able to make their own choices in life or in a specific occupation. Which unfortunately means many women do not share the right to a happy, healthy life.

Women in the Workplace

It is important that we take leadership roles in business. Don’t wait to be asked.

I remember years ago having a conversation with one of the senior directors of the company I worked for and complaining to him. Our company was going through a merger and I wasn’t sure if I was going to be confirmed to manage the newly formed department or not. How long did I have to wait I asked. Without it, I felt I could not make decisions affecting the future of the department. His answer to me was “Janet, no one hands you power. You take the power yourself.” What was I thinking.  He was right. I had disempowered myself. The best advice I ever received. My decision that day was the position was mine. I acted like it, and it became mine. I have never looked back. The power is always mine if I choose.

That is the mind set I try to instill with women I mentor. “Grab it, it is yours if you want it.”

Business Ideas for Women

For most of my career I have been a woman in a male dominated business. Still am. This time my business is serving up SEO coaching to small business owners, especially for women. Believe it or not, SEO is also a male dominated business.

That certainly doesn’t mean I shouldn’t have an SEO business. There is plenty of room for women. Here is a business idea for women especially those women who have small businesses: We are the best coaches, because we can nurture and be supportive in helping someone grow their business. Whether it is SEO or some other product or service, women can be awesome at coaching.

SEO For Women

While looking up for some keyword phrases to use for this blog article we were blown away with the lack of keyword phrases relating to “women in business”. Women are not typing into Google phrases that link to women owned businesses. If a woman types in “general help” questions on marketing ideas, or SEO, her answer will more likely come from a man since they are the majority. However, if she asks the question from a woman, she is more likely to get some support from other women. These are women that have struggled to success and feel her pain and can give insights into the best route to success and the obstacles to overcome. We need more women asking keyword phrases with the word “woman” or “women” in them.

Most of the marketing gurus are men. But we are seeing more and more women coming to the forefront and we should be paying attention. They have great advice that is geared to helping women build fabulous successful businesses and thrive. As a caveat I am not saying men don’t have answers for you, but it will never be from a female perspective. Just food for thought.

Women’s International Day

So as March 8th approaches, do some research and find out if there is an International Women’s Day symposium near you. If you can, attend and share your expertise, or if you need assistance, ask a successful woman to help you.

My contribution was donating my marketing support to one International Woman’s Day event in Southern California and feel so glad that I was able to create some posts for their social media. Every little bit helps. Here are two samples:

Women Empowering Women

Women’s International Day

Women Empowering Women

SEO Keywords for Women in Business

Oh, and let’s try and let Google know we want more keyword phrases designed for women. Google will offer up whatever we ask for. Start typing…..

Here are a sample of some I found – but not enough:
“women empowering women”
“women in business”
“empowering women in the workplace”
“business ideas for women”
“small business ideas for women”
“small business for women”
“women empowerment topics”
“women empowering women meaning”

Lastly I would like to leave you with this quote from Diana Ross.

quote from Diana Ross

Diana Ross quote

 

Empowering Women means empowering ourselves. Look at where you want to go. Then put in place the plan to make it happen.

P.S. Here’s a short video I created in celebration of 2019 International Women’s Day.

Janet Elie Launch4Life

By Janet Elie

Internet Marketing Specialist

Launch4Life

janet@launch4life.com

What’s In Your Wallet?

What’s In Your Wallet?

What’s in Your Wallet?

I recently heard this story from my friend, Fred.  He was standing outside his home assessing the tree damage from a storm the night before, when a “tree man” pulled up. The “tree man” offered Fred his contact information in the event he would like him to perform restorative tree trimming and take away the tree debris.  Fred said “great”.  The “tree man” ran back to his truck, ripped a piece of paper from a pad, wrote his number down and handed it to Fred.  Guess what Fred did with that piece of paper?  He crumpled it up into a ball and tossed it into the garbage. Fred thought, if he was a real “tree” guy he would have a business card.  The lack of a card stole any professional identity he may have had. Lets talk about the importance of business cards.

Importance of Business Cards 

When you are in a business situation and someone asks you “do you have a card?” the worst thing you can say is “oops, sorry I don’t have one”.  I am shocked how many times I have heard that.  I always have cards in my business card holder in my purse.  A smart business person will always have some business cards in their wallet if not a separate business card holder. If you think about it, a business card is one of the most important parts of your marketing. Your card represents you and your business. It shows that you are a real business person, not an amateur.

Why do many business people feel it is not important?  Why do some people go to networking events, conferences or business meetings without business cards? Why do some people have outdated cards with new information scribbled over the old stuff?  Or they hand you a crumpled, dog eared card.  This was the opportunity to showcase their contact information, their brand, their expertise, and they just blew it.  My guess is they don’t really understand the value of the business card. So here are a few tips that will hopefully create an awareness that business cards are an important marketing tool.

Tip #1. 

Putting your card in some one’s hand, affords you a future opportunity for that person to find you when they are ready to buy.  Your prospect can read your card and learn more about you. They can check out your website or social media. If you don’t have a card, they will forget about you in a heartbeat.  Out of sight, out of mind.

Tip #2. 

When you meet someone ask for their business card, it shows you are interested in this person.  Having coffee with someone and getting their card might one day lead to a great sale. There might be the possibility of a relationship in the future. With their contact information, you can blast off an email next day to strengthen the conversation you had. You may not need their card today, but guess what, someday down the road you may need those cards to build your email list.  One of the things I have learned is you must build that list.  Collecting business cards are jewels for that.

Business Etiquette with Business Cards

Now that I have made my point about having business cards, here are some additional tips for what is called business card etiquette.

  • Make sure  your business cards are up to date.
  • Make sure you offer clean cards.
  • Have easy access to your cards. No fumbling to the bottom of your purse for your cards.
  • Hand your card to someone so they can read the print. Offer it with your right hand like you do a hand shake.
  • Always look and make a comment about their card before putting it away.  Make that person feel special

Now that you are convinced you need to have business cards, what should go on your card? Here is your opportunity to shine. Your card is about YOU.

Important Tips for Your Business Card

Here are some ideas of what should be in your business card design:

  • Your logo if you have one.
  • If possible, your photo.  I heard people are less likely to throw out a card that has a photo on it.
  • Your email address and phone number.
  • A website or social media site i.e. Facebook Business Page or Linked-In.
  • Perhaps a Mission Statement or Quote on the back of the card.
  • Make sure it is in readable font size.
  • If you read Gillian’s previous blog on QR codes, you may want to consider adding one.

For my last bit of advice, if you already have a card, stop and review it. Or have a friend audit your card.  Does it need updating? Does the card fit who you are now? Does it truly represent your business? Can you read your email address without a magnifying glass?   If you’re not happy, it’s time to order some new ones.

But remember my first advice: “What’s in Your Wallet?”  Make sure your business cards are.  Or keep them in a nice business card holder.  Keep extras in your briefcase. You can even buy a cover for your mobile phone that has a place for your cards.  How cool is that.  I have one of those.  Keep extras in the glove compartment of the car.  Got a brick and mortar business? Keep some on the counter in a nice stand.  You just never know when business will present itself.  Be ready!

By Janet Elie

Internet Marketing Specialist

Launch4Life

janet@launch4life.com

Making Use of Business Meetups

Making Use of Business Meetups

I don’t know about you, but my business can be solitary at times.  I work out of the house.  Consequently I don’t see a lot of people during the day.  I spend most of my time on the computer.  I do video conferencing, but the conversation is focused on their business.  If I want to go talk to people it’s not going to be at the office.  Don’t I get to talk to Gillian my partner, you say?  Yes, but heck she is 4 states away.  Not the same as in person.  Gillian has a couple of organizations she belongs to like Toastmasters.  By the way as a side note, she has actually won a few state competition trophies for public speaking.

But I have not spent a lot of time in Kansas City as most of the last 10 years has either been spent in Phoenix or on the road.  So, what to do?  How do I find an outlet that allows me to meet new people and have stimulating conversations about business with other like-minded folks?  I need a forum to learn and share.  The answer is “Meetups”.  Whoever developed this was brilliant.  There are Meetups for all sorts of activities: wine clubs, hiking, culinary, book clubs, social clubs for all ages and a variety of business groups.  You can use them to join a movement, get ready to run a marathon, or even learn a new language.  The best part is they are all free.  You just need to find the Meetup of your choice in your neighborhood.  If you don’t find what you’re looking for, just start your own.

Since my readers are mainly entrepreneurs I am going to suggest you join a Meetup for business.  https://www.meetup.com/.  But there are a variety you can select for fun. In fact, I highly suggest it.  But since this is a business blog I am going to explain my rationale for a business Meetup.  There are many choices.  Perhaps a business book club.  A technology group.  E-Commerce.  Network after hours.  Real-estate.  Just look up the “Career and Business” tab for your city.

I am very excited to share about one I recently joined.  We just had our first meeting and of course that was the inspiration for this blog article.  Our Meetup was called “I Love Marketing”.  If any of you are familiar with Dean Jackson and Joe Polish, you will know that they created a “I Love Marketing Podcast” and have done well over 300 Podcasts.  Sometimes Joe and Dean just focus on a specific theme or often they interview a guest of their business niche.  You won’t believe how inspiring they are and the value you will get from listening to these Podcasts.  Each one is about an hour.  Listen while working out on the treadmill, flying on the plane, driving in the car, or just when you are relaxing with a glass of wine in the backyard.  Easy to download to your phone or tablet so you can listen without being connected to WiFi.

If you haven’t heard of Joe or Dean you are missing a great treat and gaining lots of information that will help rocket your marketing.  The “I Love Marketing” website http://ilovemarketing.com/ offers a host of information on who these two guys are as well as links to their podcasts and videos. Dean started out in the real estate business in Toronto, Canada, and Joe sold carpet cleaning from Tempe, Arizona.  Now they are online marketing gurus who freely share all their ideas that helped make them successful.  Some podcasts focus just on the power of having a mindset shift.

Hopefully you should find a I Love Marketing Meetup in your town.  It’s for like-minded entrepreneurs who are looking to grow their business with all the online marketing technology.  Usually the group members use what was learned in the podcasts and apply it to their businesses.  That’s what I was doing this morning.  A group of 6 of us met in a Chiropractic office.  One of the members offered his office for our meetup.  Some groups meet at libraries, coffee shops, or restaurants.  The one I went to in Scottsdale rented a conference room at the local library so they could have visual aids.  There is no one size fits all.  The organizer will put his/her blueprint on it.  But no matter you will have an opportunity to share your successes and brainstorm with others over your challenges.  I promise your challenges are shared by others in the group.  But how fun to be in a nurturing environment where you can help each other.  The purpose is not to sell to each other, though I am sure some may collaborate offline.  But the most important part, it gets you out.  It creates stimulation.  You learn new things, make new friends, and create a support group that you didn’t have before you signed up.  I was so jazzed when I came home.  I can’t wait for next month’s meeting.  My big aha today was learning that direct marketing is not dead and some of the members are very good at tracking their analytics.  Interesting.  Another area to explore for new customers.

Here is the link to Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/.  You may not think you have time, but I promise you it will be worth your time.  A couple of hours a month could make a huge difference.

Our main discussion today was about the 8 Profit Activators.  What’s that?  Go check out the I love Marketing website. http://ilovemarketing.com/ Dean will share for free.  Good stuff.

Here is a link to Dean’s podcast on 8 profit activators. Podcast 228. http://ilovemarketing.com/228/

By Janet Elie

Internet Marketing Specialist

Launch4Life

janet@launch4life.com

Do You Have a One-Minute Elevator (Marketing) Speech?

Do You Have a One-Minute Elevator (Marketing) Speech?

You are at a networking event.  Someone asks you what you do. Are you a little flustered and stuttering over what to say?  Meanwhile that person is thinking “Oh my gosh this person is gushing on and I still don’t have a clue what they do.  Sorry I asked.”

If someone reacts internally that way, even if you don’t know they are actually thinking that, you have missed a great opportunity.  They have shut you down.  They are figuring out how to get away from you and move on to someone else.  This happens so many times at networking events.

Or have you ever been to one of those conferences where the leader tells you to get up and tell five people what you do in the next five minutes.  Ugh!!  You could be sitting next to someone on an airplane, standing in a line at Starbucks.  “Hey what do you do?”

If you had only created and memorized exactly what it is your do and how you help people, and be able to say it in one minute.  Your one-minute elevator speech.  Then someone might stay and listen wanting to learn more.

Well I have a super quick way to help you figure out how to create your one-minute marketing speech.   With this little exercise, you will be able to fashion one together in a flash.   Get out a pen and paper and get writing.  Follow these five little steps.

  1. What is your product?  Is it a service?  Or something more tangible like books, a restaurant, or theatre.
  2. How does your business (product or service) help solve someone’s problem or add comfort or luxury to their lives?
  3. Make it personal so that the person hearing your one-minute speech gets your passion and wants to hear more.
  4. What makes your product or service so unique or special?
  5. What is your why? What is that something special about you and your mission that made you pick this particular business and want to deliver it to your customer.

Now take the answers to those five questions and craft it into your one-minute speech.  Check your time when you are done.  If you go over a little, it’s no big deal. But no longer than 90 seconds.

Your Elevator Speech can be converted into many other opportunities. You can use it as a business statement.  It can be in written form as well as orally.  For example, you can use it in an email, or as the summary in a proposal.  It makes a great header for your business plan.  You can use it on your website and most importantly as we said at the beginning, if you are at a networking event and someone says “what do you do” you have an awesome answer.   If it is appealing enough, your audience will keep listening or reading.

I thought I would share my one-minute elevator speech.  What do you think?  I clocked it at 57.42 seconds.

You can take your fabulous one-minute speech and frame it in a video.  Now you have a calling card that you can use on Facebook, in your email signature, or even on your website.

By the way, there may be times when you only have 7 seconds.  Here is my 7 second statement:

Hi I am Janet.  We help small business owners with their online marketing and show them how they can do it on a shoestring budget.

By Janet Elie

Internet Marketing Specialist

Launch4Life

janet@launch4life.com

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