To remain enthusiastic for presenting regularly can sometimes be a real challenge. It is true that if you do what you love for a living, then this makes things much easier. There is a lot more to presenting than simply presenting, like logistics, travel, being away from home, being organised and following up attendee questions! I strongly believe that successful people need to be able to speak professionally, and this is what drives me to keep sharing my knowledge and passion for this topic. I have read that everyone has a book in them, and I believe that everyone has an inspiring key note presentation in them. After all, this is an opportunity for a person to share their own life experience - successes and failures for the benefit of other people. I will share with you three ways to remain enthusiastic about presenting regularly.
1. Take Care of Yourself - To be enthusiastic in life, you have to enjoy your life. This means doing thing that you enjoy on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Be very deliberate about setting up your foundation for performance. Get plenty of sleep, exercise and have fun and be fun.
2. Keep the Focus on the Audience - As a professional speaker, you are a leader and as a leader you need to keep your focus on the difference that you are making to your audiences. This is your higher purpose. It is something that you believe in and want to see happen in the world, and you said that you were committed to doing something about this.
This reminds me of the boy in bed complaining about going to school to his mother:
Mother: "son, get out of bed or you will be late for school"
Son "I don't feel like going to school! Why can't I just have the day off watching television and relaxing at home?"
Mother "because your are the School Principal!"
3. Surround Yourself with Inspiration - It is easy to get stale and bored with the same topic. After all, if you are simply using the same old material, jokes and presentations you are missing a big opportunity. Take time to meet and talk with other inspiring people, read the books, watch the videos and listen to the audio recordings. Look for humour, record new stories anecdotes and ideas so that you can keep your presentations current and exciting.
Paul Timms is a Professional Speaker and the Managing Director of Business Entourage, an organisation that helps entrepreneurs start, grow and sell their business.