How did I start speaking on the International stage

The presentation of an important message should be prepared over years, not days and months. You need years of tried and tested information before you take it public. Presenting is an art and you need to work hard on how you to present a message.

The first phase of presenting a message

First of all, you need something unique to talk about, be an expert in your field and be extremely interesting in how you present this information. I have climbed Mount Everest to the top. Trekked to Everest 35+ times, Climbed Kilimanjaro 35+ times and climbed numerous peaks around the world.

You are Looking to attractive event planners?  speakers Bureau’s? companies and anyone interested in your story. Well unless you have lots of cash lying around to promote yourself and marketing comes as second nature. You are going to need help.

How did I start speaking on the International stage

How a presentation should inspire others

After I climbed Everest, I wanted to present my Everest story to pay the bills and raise extra funds for the Mt. Everest Primary School in Uganda. I needed time to reflect on the journey I under took. I needed time to understand everything that happened in my life from 2005 to 2008. Once I had formulated the journey it was time to put a power point presentation together.

Start speaking locally and build from there

I decided to pick locations around Ireland, rent a hall or hotel conference room. I would then go to each area or town, put flyers in houses, contact local hiking clubs, groups, clubs, newspapers and anyone interested in hearing about my ascent of Everest. I did this for a couple of reasons, one was to get experience speaking and presenting the journey so I could tweak the presentation and make the presentation more effective for the listeners. I also did it to build up my experience and confidence to inviting speakers bureau’s to come and listen to my journey, presentation with a hope of getting listed on their websites. I was having to put all the ground work in. I used to show up at venue’s but out the chairs, hire sound people, screens and projectors and spending too much time promoting the events. If I could get a Speaking Bureau involved they would be searching out events that would suit my area of expertise. I must have done over 20 presentations before I got picked up.

Invite speaking agencies to hear you speak

I am now listed on 10 professional speaking agency websites on different continents. Once listed as a speaker, you can use that listing to develop other relevant speaking listings on our websites. Start using funds raised to get a video up and running. Set up your own website, with video, pictures and showing casing your work.

Practice makes perfect

1). Have a worthwhile story to tell.  Spend hours perfecting your different presentations
2). Think about writing a book, for sales and credibility
3). Have a professionally edited video from your speaking engagements to see yourself
4). Refine your message and tailor you message to specific audiences
5). Use your audience to secure future presentations 
 
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Inspirational Everest Presentations
The Mount Everest Primary School Kitandwe Uganda
Summit Night Climbing Mount Everest to the top of the world