On Friday, I continued my story about my most embarrassingly presentation.
As promised, here are all the mistakes I made:
1. Agreeing to speak at someone's event without asking who else was speaking on the program. Had I done this, I would have known that someone else was selling a product very similar to mine.
2. Not meeting with the event organizer to go everything in detail with him before I was scheduled to go on. Just plain dumb. Sure, he should have known I when I was scheduled to speak but I should have double-checked.
3. Not making doubly sure the event organizer had my written introduction. I sent it to him ahead of time but should have brought a copy with me and given it to him.
4. Trying to combine an entertaining show with a pitch. Why I agreed to that, I don't know. What I used to do very successfully was a show and then do a pitch later. You need to know what your goal is for your presentation and make sure everything you do helps you achieve it.
I talk to you a lot about "control" . Controlling your emotional state. Controlling your audience. When you abdicate control of ANYTHING, like I did with the event promoter, odds are, you're going to lose.
Live and learn.
Kick butt, make mucho DEEnero!
Dave "Never Again" Dee