3. Mention only relevant credentials for that specific topic and leave all other credentials out. i.e.
- My many years as an educator would be stated if I was talking to a group of teachers, retired or still teaching, as my time in that profession would align me to them by making myself similar, not special.
- I would also mention my years as an educator if I was addressing an audience on customers' service...teachers have had to deal with people of all ages and walks of life from students to colleagues to parents to superiors etc
- On another occasion, my years as a comedic stage actress would be mentioned if my talk was on stage presence, humour, or the need for a variety of delivery techniques.
- If your skills as an athlete for example taught you lessons on TEAM WORK and your topic or one of your sub-headings was discussing team, then use that credential
4. Turn everything about you into everything for them ... i.e.
- For over a decade Kathryn has been studying with world class speakers. She has picked up keys that have unlocked the doors of her speaking potential and helped her become a professional speaker. These keys are not easy to come by but when you master them, you too will also reap the benefits. You will find more opportunities, experience less stress and frustration in getting there...etc etc
In wrapping up, try creating your introductions in a way that you will start an immediate connection with your audience and you will also be able to gauge their interest and energy level before you come to the front to speak!
Until next month, successful speaking to you!