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3 Things I Learned at the National Speaker’s Association Conference About Being a Better Public Speaker

PUBLIC SPEAKER TIPS

Have you ever had that feeling when you walk into a room of new people and think, “YES! These are my people! I am home!”

In July, I was fortunate enough to attend the National Speaker’s Association conference Influence 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona with one of my business partners, Kenny Harper. Wow! What an amazing experience and group of people that are making a difference in the world by inspiring, motivating, sharing with and educating others.

Jen and Kenny at NSA conference

(l) me (r) Kenny Harper

These people are professional speakers because they have turned their life journey into a tool to help other people and lift them up. Their life journey could be a personal success story, a business success story, or even a triumph over tragedy and defeat.

We all have this human experience in common and it is possible to take your life and use it to improve the lives of others. That is what I seek to do. To LOVE with my LIFE.

These people are my people.

In an effort to pay it forward and share some of the concepts I learned at Influence, I present:

The Top 3 Things I Learned at the National Speaker’s Association Conference About Being a Better Public Speaker

  1. Be yourself. – when building a personal brand, it may be tempting to look at the industry leader’s and want to mimic them. DON’T! Be yourself and don’t be afraid to stand out. If that means wearing a red suit coat when everyone else wears blue or having pink hair, be true to yourself.
  2. Share your story. – being in the spotlight doesn’t mean you have to put on a false air of success. The road to entrepreneurial freedom is full of potholes, so share with your audience what you learned in the downtimes.
  3. Focus on the journey. – success doesn’t happen overnight in the public speaking business or in any business, for that matter. Focus on the big picture of why you’re choosing this path and who you are trying to encourage.

If you’re struggling through a tough time right now, whether it is a business setback, a personal hardship, or you’ve just run out of shows to watch on Netflix and are in a grumpy mood, I’d like to give the reminder to focus on what matters and enjoy the ride! You never know how your story will encourage someone else.

 

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Jen DeVore Richter

Author Jen DeVore Richter

Jen DeVore Richter is a speaker, author and seasoned business owner personally invited by Arianna Huffington to be a contributor on The HuffPost as an expert on personal branding and marketing. She brings a unique combination of creative skill and business prowess to every project. Known for her ability to communicate complicated ideas simply, infectious laugh, and down to earth approach to life, Jen is a powerful thought leader in business. Never losing sight of her calling to encourage and uplift women in business at every stage of their career, Jen is a mentor to young women just starting out and a cheerleader to those ahead of her.

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