10 Things Speakers Can do During COVID-19

Without a doubt, COVID-19 is having a devastating impact, affecting equally all over the world. Directly hitting our private and business lives, including the public speaking profession. Almost overnight we found our calendars empty as conferences around the world have canceled or been postponed. So, in the midst of negotiating difficult times, here are 10 things speakers can do during the COVID-19 pandemic.

10 things speakers can do during the COVID-19

Focus on What You Can Control

Many of us have been feeling irritable and losing confidence from this unexpected event. Because this crisis will be with us long after COVID-19 is under control, speakers need to take a proactive approach to what is controllable. Write down a list of what you can control. This process will help build your confidence which in turn helps allow you to be stronger while making decisions that need to still be made every day.

Embrace the Biggest Room

Speakers are used to being on the big stage delivering an impactful message to a room full of people. Well, now I challenge you to embrace the biggest room – the room for improvement. Take this time to work on YOU!

Whether it’s in your personal or business life, what would you like to improve on? Do you have an existing keynote that needs a bit of tweaking? Or, maybe organize your office ( get rid of that stack of magazines you never got around to reading). Time is on your side. Develop a plan to be productive every day.

Pump up Your Brainpower

Learn something new. Maybe it’s time to learn a new language, take an online cooking course, or even learn what my good friend, Linda Larsen with the Central Florida NSA chapter did, by being bold enough to cut her husband’s hair.

If you are even more ambitious, how about learning your client’s lingo? Yep, all too often I catch speakers not using the right verbiage when communicating with their clients. Meeting and event terminology 101 is an important way to connect with your clients. Did you know your client’s respectable title is not Meeting Planner? It is Meeting Professional. Did you know a speaker doesn’t stand behind a podium? Rather, it’s called a lectern. Get my drift? If so, just Google meeting industry terminology and learn more. Your client will thank you for it.

Provide Acts of Kindness

Be positive, especially on social media. Be patient and understand the emotional distress many people are feeling during this difficult time. Proactively offer to help someone. It will make you feel good when you know you are making a difference.

Keep Relationships Going

People are picking up the phone now, including your clients. Social distancing is making us closer. Ted Janusz with the Ohio NSA chapter reached out to a client to say hello and offered an article that he recently wrote. The client’s response was of gratefulness and offered Ted an opportunity to make a proposal to them.

This is not the time to ‘sales blitz’ your clients. Instead, when we reach out to others who are in similar circumstances, we are able to build community.

Tell Your Story

Are you looking for a new keynote story? You have probably listened to stories from others, but what about your own story? Write a journal about your own experiences during this crisis.

How are you feeling? What actions have you taken? Once this crisis is over, your journal will be a story to share with the world.

Seek out Being on Other People’s Digital Platform

Seek out being a guest on a podcast.  Contact the media to tell your story. Try contacting bloggers and offer your services as a guest author.

There are so many powerful platform opportunities just waiting for interesting interviews or help.

Build Your Own Stage

What new thing can you add to your portfolio? Online summit, podcast, mastermind group. Dream and visualize just what that looks like for your new business model. It’s time to control your destiny.

Conduct Exercise Snacking

Take care of yourself by being physically fit. Exercise snacking is like food snacking except instead of going to the refrigerator, you perform mini work out movements in your living room or backyard.

The key is to move throughout the day in order to keep the blood flowing and stay healthy. Keep your social distance. Be safe, follow guidelines and do your part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

United We Stand

This is a challenging time for humanity, not for divisiveness. The silver lining is uniting with the common cause of defeating this terrible disease.

Join the over 206 events, 35 countries, and 175 organizations for the virtual 12-hour telecast, Global Meetings Industry Day ( GMID) on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. We are all in this together in one loud powerful voice.

About Deborah

Deborah Gardner is a competitive performance expert that works with leaders and their teams to accelerate in the fast lane. Rising to international prominence as a dynamic, funny, and entertaining speaker, Deborah delivers powerful fast-track, profitable results.

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