Author Archives: Fran Watson

About Fran Watson

Involved in public speaking since 2000. Joined Toastmasters in 2002 and have served in all Executive roles including serving one year as the District Public Relations Officer. Achieved my DTM in 2014. Develop and facilitate workshops in the area of employment and career development.

Post Event Tasks

Going Out on a High Note: What to Do After a Speaking Event Most event speakers spend most of their time before an event preparing for it. Then when they arrive, they do their speech, hang out with other speakers, … Continue reading

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Product Sales

Selling Your Product from the Stage Katrina had been speaking for a few months because she’d heard it would help her grow her business. But despite speaking, nothing was changing. She wasn’t getting more clients or selling more products. So, … Continue reading

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Attract High Paying Clients

Use your presentation as a chance to provide value to the community that paid to show up. This means you want to include actual substance to your content. Don’t promise “15 ways to market your business on social media” then spend forty-five minutes talking about yourself. Continue reading

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Using Social Media for Speaking Gigs

4 Things Smart Speakers Do Before & During Events Elisa was attending her first conference as a speaker. She was excited and nervous. Since she’d never done this before, she reached out to one of her Facebook groups with experienced … Continue reading

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Virtual Meetings

Virtual Meetings Being able to participate in meetings from your living room is a huge advantage in unprecedented situations like a pandemic. However, virtual meetings are not an excuse to forget basic etiquette. Everyone involved needs to respect each other’s … Continue reading

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Speaking Events

Be Choosy about Your Speaking Events Natasha had been running her digital business for five years. When she was attending a business conference, she shared her story with the audience in a brief feedback session. She received a warm response … Continue reading

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Media Pages

What Speakers Should Put on Their Media Pages Sasha was asked to speak at a local event. She happily said, “Yes!” But when she saw the promotional flyer for the event, she cringed. The event coordinator had used an old … Continue reading

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Why Toastmasters?

Toastmasters can help you deal with the fears you have around public speaking. Continue reading

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Where Do I Find Speaking Gigs?

6 Ways to Find Speaking Gigs When Cassie wanted to start speaking, she was excited. She was looking forward to connecting with her audience but she wasn’t sure where to find those elusive first speaking gigs. A speaker friend recommended … Continue reading

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Paid to Speak?

Free or Premium: Should You Be Paid to Speak? Many people wanted to get started speaking, but the more they read about the subject, the more overwhelmed they become. Where to begin looking for speaking gigs? Should I speak for … Continue reading

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