One of the early lessons I learned about speaking (and business, in general) was from Lou Heckler.
(Man, talk about a great last name for a humorist, huh?)
Anyway, here’s what Lou told me in 2003. I’ll never forget it:
There are three kinds of speakers in the world.
First, there’s a GOOD speaker. After he’s done with his talk, audience members come up to him, shake his hand and say, “Good speech. Thanks a lot!”
Then, there’s a GREAT speaker. After he’s done with his talk, audience members come up to him, shake is hand and say, “Great speech! That story about that guy you met on the bus really hit a nerve. Thanks a lot!”
Then, there’s an AWESOME speaker. After he’s done with his talk, audience members come up to him; but instead of shaking his hand, they give him a business card and say, “I want you to do that for my company.”
Over the years, I learned something else, too:
This isn’t about giving speeches.
This is about value.
This is about perception.
FOR EXAMPLE: a prospect comes to your website. He has a look around.
After a minute or two, he’s made his decision. And then he emails you with one of the following responses:
1. Dear You: I just stumbled across your site, and I’ve got to say – it’s really good. Thanks a lot. Sincerely, Mike.
2. Dear You: I just stumbled across your site, and I’ve got to say – it’s really great! Love those articles and video testimonials! Sincerely, Mike.
3. Dear You: I just stumbled across your site, and I want to hire you. Call me this afternoon. Sincerely, Mike.
So. Which email do YOU want?
Because ultimately, this is about excelling at doing what you do … particularly in front of people who can buy from you NOW.
The choice is yours.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
What’s the difference between GOOD, GREAT and AWESOME?
LET ME SUGGEST THIS…
Defend your word here!
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Author/Speaker/That Guy with the Nametag