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What’s your code?

“Everyone has a code to crack. Once you’ve cracked the code, you are home free.”
Jordan Adler, Top Income Earner and ANMP Trainer

Each of us comes to this profession with different skillsets, experiences, and levels of personal development. Becoming an industry leader with a sustainable residual income demands high competence in many aspects.

For example, public speaking is fun* for me.

For you, maybe not.

But what you do easily might be challenging for me.

As informal coaches of a team, one of our tasks is to evaluate what our newbie’s business-owner-strengths are… and which ones need practice, professional instruction, or partnering via outsourcing.

In his quote, Jordan implies each person’s code, or group of challenges to face, is unique.

Your “code” won’t likely be the answer for someone else’s situation. But if you ask the right questions in a respectful manner, you can help the newbie discover theirs.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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*P.S.   I feel nervous before the speech or presentation– from the moment I agree to do it– but I know I rock on stage. That nervousness drives me to prepare thoroughly. Besides writing and rehearsal prior to the event, I earned a Competent Communicator ranking in Toastmasters. Over the space of 5 years I attended 10+ days of interactive public speaking training, which focused on releasing nervousness-on-stage & bad memories from stage performance experiences in childhood. And when I take the stage, I OWN the platform. It’s simultaneously exhilarating and humbling to deliver a talk. A fun result doesn’t mean the journey was easy.

 

 

 

Ironic skills

I read an interesting article on Quartz this week:

(excerpt)

“What most employers want, [LinkedIn CEO Jeff] Weiner says, are written communication, oral communication, team-building, and leadership skills. “

Isn’t it ironic… the latter three skills are developed by building a network marketing, direct sales, party plan, multilevel, or leveraged income business. And some of those directly incorporate written communication by the customer or distributor in the final product.

The four skills listed can be described as portable skills, which means they are learned in one arena and are applicable in another.

Know someone who needs a job? Send them the link to the article. If they ask for a way to build those skills, offer your business plan as a possible solution.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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Fail like a Texan

(For those of you who like the state of Texas, USA… hold your horses, I’m about to give you a compliment. Keep reading…)

My husband and I completed our first nine months of German language classes this month. Whew! We learned more than 1700 vocabulary words and feel much more confident about holding simple conversations.

However, there were LOTS of times I didn’t know the answer. Or I wasn’t sure of the answer.

But I remembered advice from some of my network marketing mentors who hail from the Lone Star State: “Go Big or Go Home.”

It’s an encouragement, to not be timid about what you do in life. Steer clear of bombast, yet have some neutral-to-confident attitude even when you’re learning. Don’t assume you’re always right… and don’t assume you’re always wrong.

So I decided I could do that with my voice. I forced myself to enunciate clearly and speak in a plenty-loud voice so everyone in the classroom could hear me.

And when wrong, I accepted the correction gracefully.

In learning languages or in business, when you’re starting out (or learning a new skill), you will be wrong a lot before you’re right most of the time. You won’t know all the answers. The product or delivery might need tweaking. You might need to practice more after your second presentation than you did prior to your first.

And you might surprise yourself by how often you’re “right” or moving effectively toward your goal. How even a flawed presentation can enroll new business partners. How being honest that you don’t know the answer can dramatically increase trust.

Speak with a voice that your audience can hear. And be willing to accept your stumbles as part of the process.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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You’re up next!

Imagine you’re backstage at this weekend’s all-companies, all-generic training event for our profession. You have been preparing for this moment for months, when you were invited to speak. You flew to Las Vegas last night. Now you’re backstage. You can watch the stage action on large screen monitors. The technicians are hurrying around and talking in hushed tones. One comes up to you and verifies your name and that your projection slides are loaded. You nod, thinking about your first lines. You hear the crash of applause. The speaker is finishing, and the MC begins your introduction.

It took you years of effort to get here.

What is YOUR message to this crowd?

Think diligently about this. The opportunity may come more quickly than you realize.

And will you be ready to fill in on a moment’s notice in your company’s local meeting? That’s how the road to the big stage usually starts.

Be ready! And believe me, we in the audience want to hear what you have to say. You’re a new voice, without preconceived ideas in the minds of the audience.

We’ve all heard the “big names” and many of us can nearly quote their training. It’s good information. However…

Show us what point of view our industry has been missing.

Show us YOU.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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That wall behind you

Recall your most recent company regional event or convention.

Have you squinted at slides with tiny writing or low contrast, spending your brainpower trying to understand them (instead of paying attention to what the speaker is saying)?

That’s me.

I wear glasses and have them checked every year.

But at a convention or training session, I’m not necessarily in a good spot to read the visual projections of what you prepared. I might be at the back of the room or over to the side, craning my neck to see around the head of the person in front of me.

My eyes are tired and my brain is racing from all the excitement of the event. Both of those conditions make the eyeball-to-brain-comprehension connection move more slowly.

When these things happen, I don’t hear what you say and I’m not seeing what’s on the screen. It’s a double loss for me, and I feel disappointed. I was hoping to glean your insights!

Speakers, please don’t let your visual and verbal efforts go to waste. Here are some tips for preparing the “slides” for your next presentation.

And a request? Please put the slide up as soon as possible! Consider that it takes the audience about 3 times as long to read and begin to comprehend it… (and I know by the time you go on stage, you’re sick of seeing those slides… but please let us audience members revel in looking at them).

Tip #1 for the audience: if there is information you want to remember from a slide, take handwritten notes if possible. You will retain the information longer.

Tip #2 for the audience: If the speaker is moving too quickly for handwritten notes: take a photo of the slide. (Turn off the camera flash! 😉  )

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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When you tilt your head

Here is a public speaking tip, which I learned in a seminar approximately 10 years ago.

(I don’t remember the name of the presenter.)

When you tilt your head to the side, you decrease or negate the strength of your message.

It is a body language signal saying, “I’m harmless. Don’t hurt me.”

(Women tend to do this more than men, but it bears watching for all genders.)

It’s fine to nod up and down, but watch those sideways tilts!

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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How to preserve your voice during cold season

During my high school years, late January and early February were anxiety-provoking. That was the time for the state-wide singing competitions, with state finals held at the Butler University School of Music in central Indiana, USA.

We spent many hours practicing our songs, beginning just after New Year’s Day. The contest performance rules would NOT allow sheet music, so we had to memorize every word and nuance of the music. It was a challenge to keep up with the pace of practices and avoid contracting laryngitis.

That also was the midst of wintertime cold and influenza season, with lots of coughing and blowing of noses. The temptation is to clear one’s throat with a harsh sound, but that bangs the vocal cords together, which is detrimental for one’s singing (and speaking) voice.

Our music director gave us a valuable tip: if you have the urge to clear your throat before singing or talking, swallow quickly twice in a row. It might still FEEL like your throat is coated, but your voice will be clear when you speak or sing moments later.

Try it. I think you’ll like it.

The two-fast-swallows technique is also useful for public speaking, especially if you are using a microphone! Throat-clearing is a harsh sound to begin with, and your audience’s ears will thank you for avoiding it.

Use this technique to keep up your usual pace of networking meetings, business presentations, and new distributor trainings. Your team will be grateful!

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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