If you are asked to deliver a speech about you and your success, most likely you are nervous about sounding “too big for your britches.”
The Secret: Give Credit to Those Who Guided You to Success
If you are a successful business professional, you will be asked at some point, within your company or your community, to speak about your success. Most people feel anxious about that. We’re programmed by our mothers not to “show off.”
Structure your presentation based on one simple strategy, and make it easy on yourself.
Every speech is organized around a key issue. For the “about me” speech, it is this: No one becomes successful alone. Give credit to the influencers, the models, the mentors who have guided you through your career.
The story of your personal success gives credit to them and their guidance.
Look at your life story as if it were a play: Act I: When you were young;
Act II: When you were more mature and starting your career; and
Act III: When you actually achieved success.
Alex a successful executive, a multimillionaire, asked me to help him write the most important speech of his career. He was the president of a real estate franchise and was speaking at their annual conference. 700 realtors there knew he was a multimillionaire. They did not, however, know of his humble beginnings as an illegitimate child.Read More...