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You don’t have much time. You have to say what you do in 30-90seconds.

What the heck? 

How can you say all you do in 90seconds?

PANIC sets in.

 

But wait…

Help is here.

Here is just one example..

 

1.   PEAK THEIR INTEREST

Start with a question – but don’t give them an answer ‘til the end.

Or a fact, a stat or a funny story.

“Anyone know how many years, on average, most people keep a promotional product?”

 

2.   IMPLEMENT ONE OF THE 5W’s & H

Who. What. When. Where. WHY. How.

Just use one of them.

What – “We recently did these amazing cellphone holders for a large national hotel. They are a microfiber beanbag wedge. Very different. And useful, as you can use the bottom of the holder to clean your phone. Definitely something you are not going to throw away. And… something the user will keep for years.

 

3.    FINALIZE

Finish with:

what you do,

why they should use you

and

the answer to the question!

“My name is Penelope and my company is Giraffe Promotions. A full service marketing & branding company, specializing in promotional products. My goal  is that YOUR business  stays out there, front of mind, for years and years.  Oh, the answer to the question – how many years does someone keep a promo product – 3-5yrs! That’s fabulous use of your advertising dollars!  Thanks.”

 

There are many other ways of doing your elevator speech – research, try stuff out, write our various ways, practice, record yourself. It’s the only way to get better. Rehearse, rehearse.

 

The speech will also change depending on your length of time and who you are speaking to.

One person for 3 mins at a mixer, is very different than your referral networking group for 30sec.

 

Take risks.

What do you have to lose?

 b2ap3_thumbnail_saba_airport.jpgThis is pretty risky. The 1299ft airstrip on Saba Island.

ps. Why do they call it an elevator? Its a 'lift' isn't it?  #british
 

 Penelope Atkinson has a long background in acting and teaching Theatre Arts. 

Thus, she offers speech coaching in her marketing training. This can be done in a group or one-on-one setting.

 

Call her today to get $45 off your class. Promo code: ELEV45

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Secrets into our Marriage

Posted by on in Making it personal

I am not ‘in love’ anymore.

Yup... you heard right.

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Not as ‘in love’ as in the first months of romantic, airy-fairy dating.

‘I love’ as in: solid, stable, strong, comfortable, safe, warm, loving, caring.

 

On April 2nd I celebrated my 27th wedding anniversary.

And, the amazing thing is, we love each other more now than ever!

 

I always ask people who have been married for a long time,

“So what’s your secret? What is the key to a great marriage?”

 

These are some of the gems we have learnt from them, as well as our own marriage.

 

1.    Give 100%, none of this 50/50 stuff!

2.    Always wake up wondering what you can do for the other person.

3.    Don’t sweat the small stuff (Glen dumps his clothes; I leave cups around the house).

4.    Laugh a lot – don’t take life too seriously.

5.    Stop thinking about yourself all the time.

6.    Give each other lots of grace.

7.    Give each other lots of space.

8.    Be on the same page when you parent.

9.    Find a mentor couple, a season or two ahead of you, to guide you.

10. Keep an agreed budget together.

11. Don’t keep score.

12. Have the same core values (religious, financial, leisure, parenting, etc)

13. It’s ok to have different interests.

14. Have sex often (oh yeah).

15. Always talk through big things.

16. Value one another.

17. Be thankful every day for one thing about your spouse.

18. Love on them even if they are not being very nice.

19. Find out what their love language is and focus on that (see below).

20. Never be afraid to seek counsel (mentor couple, pastors or professional).

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Most importantly, be best friends. There are times when the love (and the lust!) tend to wane. Friendship is what holds you during that time.

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Glen and I have gone through ups and downs. Some very down, some very up. But, we have held on, sought counsel and come out the other side. 

Now we work together (and still like each other), sleep, eat, and vacation together. We also have our own individual interests and hobbies. The main thing we do is laugh!

Marriage is good!

Life is good!

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http://www.5lovelanguages.com/

 

Penelope is a marketing consultant, promotional products expert and corporate trainer.   BUT... in her spare time she speaks on marriage and parenting as well as being a lay counsellor. You can book this British lady to speak at your group (non profits is donation based) by calling 1 855 472 3776 or emailing her direct at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

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Spit it out!

Posted by on in Training

7 tips on speaking

 

Time for a story

Recently listened to someone speak at a business event and my insides were dying.

The speech was:

Monotone

Lots of um’s and ah’s

All factual

No humor

Basically … boring.

Sorry, but it was.

 

People say to me, “well, it’s easy for you, you are an actor.”

Yes, true. I have been acting since I was young (see bio at bottom of page), but there are still skills and tricks I needed to learn (and still do) to hone my public speaking. 

 

And you can too.

Anyone can.

Here are just seven tips on speaking (there are a ton more).

 

1.    Humor

b2ap3_thumbnail_128px-Felix_Cat-Haha.svg.pngUse humor either about yourself or with the audience. People relax and ENJOY the talk.

 

2.    Audience

Speaking of audience, make sure you research your crowd beforehand. Are they all high end CEO’s, moms with little ones or all in the same industry as you?

 

3.    Stories

Examples and stories are so important. Giving these draws your audience in and allows them to ‘get’ it.

 

4.    Simple

Don’t get too bogged down in details. They can learn that from you later.

 

5.    Enthuasism

Get passionate. Inflect your voice. There is nothing more infectious and memorable than someone who is excited about what they are talking about.

 

6.    Eye contact

Look at your audience in the eyes, even if they are far away. This shows you care and you are strong. If that intimidates you, look just above their eyes at their forehead (little acting trick!).

 

7.    Get help

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There are a ton of professionals out there that can help. One of my favorites is Toastmasters  (http://www.toastmasters.org/) who have groups around the country – inexpensive and very helpful. (You can also call me as this is my absolute joy to coach people in their speaking – it’s like directing a show!)

 

Finally, there is another skill that desperately needs to be taught - the elevator pitch or the one liner about what you do.  You will have to wait for a future blog on that one!

ps. Interesting article:  http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20150223-secrets-of-the-perfect-speech

 

Penelope has been an actor since she was 7yrs in the UK. Mostly on Stage, but some TV/Film. She owned ‘Poppins Party & Drama Company’ teaching acting to children and adults, as well as directing shows, children’s entertainer and speaker.  She speaks on various business topics including marketing, social media, personal branding as well as more personal topics such as marriage and parenting.

CALL PENELOPE TODAY for a personal Speech Coaching Session or book her to speak at your next event!

Get 25% off a Speech Coaching Session.

Promo code MAR30. 

Pictures courtesy of: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Felix_Cat-Haha_(transp).png     https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Life_belt.jpg

 

 

 

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