College Speaking

June 14, 2011 by  
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I love speaking at colleges. I spoke at the Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity about ten years ago and got hooked! The students are so open and ready to absorb information, they make it such a pleasure to speak with them.

I was asked to speak to St. Mary’s College Basketball team in Moraga. I never thought about how much pressure they were under to meet alumni when they were looking for summer jobs, internships and sponsors to help them get through college. It was a lot of fun teaching these nearly 7′ tall young men the nature of great networking and mingling techniques.

Then about two years ago I had a client ask if I would be willing to speak to the student body. The topic he chose was Be Your Own Boss based on my sixth book which was released in 2007.

When you hear all the negative press on going to college and breaking even in the life of their career for paying for their education.

The premise of the presentation was to encourage the students to get internships every summer in different industries so they could gain real life experience at the corporate world so they would know what they were good at and enjoyed doing by the time they finished college.

Working at a fast food restaurant might be an acceptable means of income for a summer job, but it is a poor replacement for real business experience.

And if a student were to get four summers of solid corporate work experience and started building their businesses simultaneously while going to school, they’d never have to get a job, but would have more than enough income to support themselves by the time they’re 25.

Multi Level Marketing

June 10, 2011 by  
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There are many Multi Level Marketing (MLM) companies in which you can set up speaking engagements with.

The first MLM I spoke at was Nikken. They had monthly training meetings and I was invited to deliver a presentation on networking. It was just after I published my first book Mixing it UP! They allowed an hour for me to do the presentation and it was not only well received but I sold about 15 books to the audience of about 200. I was thrilled to have sold $225 in books. It was the biggest one day of sales I had to that point.

The MLM groups were very fruitful for me. I learned to think like the MLM strategies. I began to understand why it was important to offer unique concepts to help inspire those who were about to venture out on their own, sometimes for the very first time. They had no idea of how they were to develop a business.

Speaking to an audience carries a responsibility. I have seen many speakers who only talk about promoting their interests. A speaker has to know how to create an interest in their work it’s true but it is more important to know what the audience needs to hear.

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