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3 Great Tips to Prepare for Public Speaking!

When I was thinking about what to write to you this week, I thought of one of the most difficult times in my life.  A time so difficult, I realized my fear of public speaking changed from a big giant in my life to a tiny, little piece of dust.  As a career coach, I am confident this information will be valuable for interviewing, networking and negotiating as well.

 

Do you have a fear of public speaking?  Have you ever wanted to be a trainer, but your fear of public speaking has prevented you from applying for the job?  Or, maybe you have a story to tell.  A story that will help others, but your fear of public speaking has prevented you from telling your story to groups?  Is fear of public speaking your answer to the question “What’s your biggest weakness?” FYI! Only use this answer, if you don’t need it for the job.  All these things were ME, many years ago.  Can you relate to this today?

 

Did you know that most of us started out with this fear?  Well, in 1997, I had just gone through an experience that was bigger than my fear of public speaking … I knew … my fear of public speaking … was about to end … in comparison.  However, I still needed to prove it to myself. So, this is what I did.  I applied for the trainer job I always wanted and created a marketing campaign for my first public speaking engagement.  I was ready.

 

The event took place in the café at a grand opening of one of the local bookstore giants. The media was there along with my friends, business colleagues and people who heard about it throughout the community.  One of my friends videotaped my presentation.  Something you may want to do in the future. My motivation, at this time of my life, was to tell my story.  A story that led me to write the speech for my first public speaking engagement called “The Power of Positive Thinking.”  I was excited.  For me this was a huge event because I was conquering a big giant in my life.

 

This week, I would like to share with you the 3 tools I used when I knew I was ready to conquer this fear, get out there and tell my story. My purpose for utilizing these tools was to reduce my fear of public speaking.  Not only did these steps help me prepare for the public speaking engagement, they completely eliminated my fear … forever.  A fear I had for most of my life…

 

See below for the 3 Tips to prepare for public speaking …

 

Tip #1 Write a speech. 

 

Tip #2 Videotape yourself.

 

Tip #3 Practice, practice, practice.

 

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Tip #1 Write a speech.

In your script, highlight the words you want to emphasize with a highlighter and put dashes in between words where you need to pause.  This will help you practice reading your script and learn how to read a script without sounding scripted.  A tool for those of you in sales.  FYI! These are also great tools for you to use when you practice answering the interviewing question "Tell Me about Yourself" in your initial phone interview, as well. 

 

Tip #2Videotape yourself.

I reserved a room at the local library to videotape myself.  Today you can use a webcam.  Get dressed up in the outfit you plan to wear to your speaking engagement. Videotaping yourself will help you in many ways.  It will give you a tool to polish up and perfect your presentation skills.  Which, in turn, will give you the confidence to know, you look just fine.  After watching my first videotaping session, I decided to tape myself a second time. Just to make sure I fine-tuned everything. Do what works for you to accomplish your goals.  Do it with passion.

 

Tip #3 Practice, practice, practice

Here’s the fun part.  LOL!  Practice your speech out loud, to yourself, in the mirror, once a day, every day.  I started practicing my speech 2 months prior to the event.  Remember, use your time wisely and do what you need to do to accomplish your goals.

 

I promise you, these tips will be great tools to help you prepare for your initial public speaking engagements.  Do you have a success story you’d like to share? Please send me an email of your success stories or how I have helped you through my blog this year on public speaking preparation, interviewing, social networking or resumes.

 

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating?  Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume.  I can help.  To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

 

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Top Job Interview Do’s & Don’ts for Women & Men to Dress for Success

Dressing appropriately for the interview is important.  Why?  Think about it.  For the interviewer, it is the first image of you when they first see you.  It is their first impression of you. Quite often I am asked “how do I dress for the interview if the employees dress casual.” 

 

Below are the top do’s and don’ts for women and men to think about when preparing for the interview.  Think, dress for success!

 

Do’s & Don'ts for Women

1. Do wear light make up.

2. Do wear light cologne or none at all.

3. Do wear conservative colors only. 

4. Do wear nylons and shoes with low heels

5. Do wear a business suit.

 

1. Do wear light make up. Do wear make up ladies.  Keep it light with mascara and conservative color of lipstick.

 

2. Do wear light cologne or none at all. Ladies, your cologne may offend the interviewer or may even be the cologne he or she is allergic too. Or, remind the interviewer of a former business or personal relationship, which could be a distraction to your interview.

 

3. Do wear conservative colors only. Conservative colors include navy blue, black, tan or any earth tone colors that compliment you.

 

4. Do wear nylons and shoes with low heels. Remember, for your first impression on the job interview, be conservative by wearing one or two inch heels.

 

5. Do wear a business suit. Wear a mid knee length skirt, a plain white or color appropriate blouse and jacket to the interview.  If Human Resources or the interviewer suggests you dress business casual, it is recommended to wear a pants suit with the jacket. Remember, even if the employees wear jeans to work or you are interviewing for a telecommuting position, you are not an employee yet.

 

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1. Don’t wear power colors.

2. Don’t wear too much makeup.

3. Don’t wear too much cologne.

4. Don’t wear 4 inch heels.  

5. Don’t wear jeans to a job interview.

 

1. Don’t wear power colors.  For example, red is a power color.  Leave the power in the hands of the interviewer.

 

 2. Don’t wear too much makeup.  Stay conservative with your makeup, ladies.  You do not know what impresses or offends the interviewer.  Be safe by staying neutral and being conservative with your make up.

 

3. Don’t wear heavy cologne.  It’s best to eliminate cologne. If you do wear cologne, it is recommended to keep it light. Remember, your cologne choice may just be the one she or he is allergic too and may offend the interviewer. Did you ever think your cologne could remind her or him of a past relationship and be a distraction from you, if only for a moment.

 

4. Don’t wear 4 inch heels.  Unless you’re applying for a job in the fashion industry and it fits your image of the job you are applying for, be conservative. Wear one or two inch heels.

 

5. Don’t wear jeans to a job interview. If the employers asks you to dress business casual, how do you dress? Ladies, business casual means you can wear a business pants suit. I recommend wearing a jacket with your pants. Even if you can wear jeans on the job, again, remember, you’re not an employee yet.

 

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Do’s & Don'ts for Men

1. Do wear conservative colors only. 

2. Do wear light cologne or none at all. 

3. Do wear a business suit and tie. 

 

1. Do wear conservative colors only. For example, wear a business suit in navy, black or tan.

2. Do wear light cologne or none at all. Remember, your cologne may offend the interviewer or may even be the cologne he or she is allergic too. Or, it may remind the interviewer of a former business or personal relationship.

3. Do wear a business suit and tie. If you are told it is business casual, eliminate only the tie.

 

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1. Don’t wear power colors. 

2. Don’t wear sunglasses in the interview

3. Don’t wear heavy cologne

 

1. Don’t wear power colors. For example, do not wear a red or bright orange tie to the interview. Leave the power in the hands of the interviewer.

 

2. Don’t wear your sunglasses in the interview.  Eye contact is important.  Let the employer see your eye contact. This sounds funny that anyone would do this, however, interviewers see it often.

 

3. Don’t wear cologne or wear it lightly.  Again, it is recommended to eliminate cologne.  You do not want to offend the interviewer.  You really don’t know what their pet peeves are at this point, do you? 

 

Today’s blog is a follow up of last week’s blog titled, “Land the Interview? 2 Ways to Dress for Success.” If you haven’t read last week's blog, I highly recommend you do. It will give you two great success stories of how dressing for success made the difference which greatly contributed to landing the job.

 

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help you. You're welcome to email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation. Please give me a call or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com

 

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. For more weekly career tips on Career Coach Kim Blog, stay tuned …

LAND AN INTERVIEW? 2 GREAT WAYS TO DRESS FOR SUCCESS

I was having lunch yesterday with one of my business colleagues, Jan from "Get You Started eMarketing http://www.getyoustartedemarketing.com."  She said something that reminded me of two great job interview success stories I’d like to share with you for my blog this week. In fact, I immediately told Jan about these stories and took out a pen and pad of paper to write down notes. Both stories took place in a call center.  The first story is from one of my own experiences.  The second story is an experience I observed in one of my workshops, as a facilitator.  Read on…

 

Story #1

I felt so over dressed!  I Got the Job!

I remember sitting in an office at a call center for about 45 minutes waiting to be called to interview for a trainer position.  I had never been in a call center before.  As I watched people come and go and walking around me, I noticed how they dressed.  OMG.  I felt so over dressed in my conservative business suit.  I was wearing a mid length navy blue skirt, white blouse and a matching navy jacket with nylons and 1-inch pump healed shoes.  The perfect outfit for your typical job interview.  Right?  Well, in the call center environment most employees were dressed very casual.  Let's make this long story, short … I got the job!

 

Tip #1.  You cannot be too over dressed.  Ladies and gentlemen, wear a business suit to the job interview.

 

Story#2 

Operator Trainee Dressed for Success and landed Supervisor Position

I was facilitating in a classroom for 20 new hire trainees on how to become a Call Center Operator.  The weekly classes were five day/40 hours of training on the topics of Human Resources, Customer Service, Quality Standards and Internal Software for the call center computer systems.  It was not required to dress up for training classes and I told the class this on the first day.

 

One Monday morning, I noticed one of the new hire trainees all dressed up in a business suit.  He continued to wear a business suit all week for five days.

 

I asked him, “Why do you get dressed up in a business suit for training?”  He said “I wear a business suit because I heard there’s a supervisor position open and I want to be considered a candidate for this position.”  He interviewed and got the supervisor job directly out of training.

 

Tip #2.  Remember to “Think Success,” when dressing up for the job interview.  Dress the role you want to be noted for.  If you’re applying for a trainee role and you’re interested in moving up the ranks, show the interviewer you are management material and ready to take the challenge.

 

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating?  Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume.  I can help.  To see more success stories, email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

 

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. For more weekly career tips on Career Coach Kim Blog, stay tuned …

Interviewing Tip #2

Last week we discussed the 3 things employers look for with Interviewing Tip #1, i.e., your experience, motivation and fit.  For a refresher of all the details, I recommend reviewing Interviewing Tip #1.  Are you ready for Interview Tip #2?  Read on …

 

INTERVIEWING Q&A

Today, I am going give you a great example of how to answer one of the most tough questions asked to specifically let the employer know “I have the experience.  I have the motivation. And, I am a great fit for the company."

 

Typically, when the employer has 2 people they are interested in hiring, this is a common question to help them decide who is the best candidate for the job.   Answering the question below gives you the opportunity to let the employer know you are the best candidate for the job. 

 

Q. I've interviewed some well qualified candidates, why should I select you?  

 

A. "I have a high level of successes, integrity and motivation using my strengths in talent management, building high performance teams and customer service excellence to make a positive impact to (company name.)  I'm aware of your current needs in these areas, I fit into the entrepreneur culture of your company and I really want this job."

 

This is a great foundation for you to personalize and expand upon with an example of results you've already achieved to let the interviewer know you can and will make a positive impact to the company.  This will tell the employer "They need YOU!"

 

More questions?  Submit them to Ask Career Coach Kim.  I will be happy to answer questions you post on my blog.  Send them my way.

 

Next week, I will tell you a success story on the topic of Social Networking on LinkedIn.  Stay tuned …