Practice Public Speaking – Charles Snyder Raw #17. So sometimes people ask me how they can get more comfortable speaking on camera. Since my days as a fire instructor and fire chief, I had to learn it on the fly. But when I joined Toastmasters International, back in 2004, I learned so much more!
Come to think of it, Toastmasters would be a great way to learn how to speak at networking events. I have been in several conversations where this came up and I have made the same recommendation. So whether you’re on camera, at a convention or speaking on stage, the education and practice is priceless.
My Journey with Toastmasters
So way back in the early to mid-2000s, my business coach, Lia, encouraged me to join the local club in York, PA. Which is exactly what I did. I visited the club meeting one evening, watched them and even participated. I enjoyed it enough to join on the spot that night.
After a few months, I earned my Competent Speaker certificate. It was fairly quick and painless; I enjoyed the challenge. So I continued with the club for several years. To this day I use what I learned in those club meetings in everything I do. Public speaking, recording these videos and pressing palms with business owners at special events.
Practice Public Speaking all the time!
Have you ever heard the expression, you never get a second chance to make a first impression? Well, it’s true and it’s just as true when it comes to introducing people to your products and services. So how well you speak (or don’t), definitely plays a big role in you making a great first impression.
Speaking well applies to a lot of things. Whether you are making a video blog, a sales presentation or introducing yourself to a potential customer. So doesn’t it make sense to get some training?
I highly recommend it for EVERY business owner and marketer!
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Charles is the owner of C. E. Snyder Marketing LLC. His background includes 30+ years in the fire service. Since 1999, he has also become a published author and a public speaker from 2004 on. He is widely respected as the “go-to” guy for Digital Marketing, websites, and SEO, recently being recognized with the 2020 Best of Lancaster in Digital Marketing Award.
Charles is also known as “The Marketing Ninja” and is a serial entrepreneur. His favorite quote is “Make Stuff Happen!” Also, his personal interests include spending time with Ann, his fiancee, playing the occasional video game, and growing mutant eyebrow hairs since getting on the wrong side of 50 years old.