Got confidence?

Whatever stage in life you might be at, your confidence can be challenged at anytime.
Whether you are in negotiations for a job, promotion or a pay raise, you will probably question yourself. Possibly you will have second thoughts while it is taking place, or more so, you will question yourself after the event is over with.
It will be inevitable that you will have some slight doubt that you may have said something wrong.
This is natural and this is healthy. Be cautious though. You can be your own worst enemy very easily, in your journey of wanting to see only the best results. The best approach is addressing this issue to rehearse your thoughts and your actions!
Review what questions you would ask, if the roles where reversed?
Seriously play it out in your mind. We tend to “beat ourselves up afterwards”…and we do it quite well. Instead, because you were prepared; because you anticipated potential questions or topics. And because of that, no matter what direction the conversation went….you were comfortable. You had confidence. You felt good.

When you carry that strong belief system with you, there is a presence to you. And other people know it.
It might be subtle…but it is to your advantage.

Yes, confidence takes practice. Feeling good about yourself is a constant journey. And it is up to you to control it. Seriously….it is.
Otherwise, fear will take over. Even in the smallest amounts. And then you begin to question yourself again.
Talk it out loud how you want to sound, how you want to look. Get comfortable with it. Take just a few actions and practice them. Then do it again….and again. At a certain point, it will feel comfortable. But it is up to you take the first small step.
This is an investment in yourself and your future. Make it a worthy one. Believe in you and believe in the positive outcome that YOU can generate.
As a presentations skills coach and a therapist, I can help you make changes within your life. Strong Incentives, truly does offer powerful results!

Finding your niche in any market!

Last night 11/14/10 I stood amidst 2,000 people at the opening keynote for the international pharmaceutical meeting in New Orleans. How would you find a keynote speaker who could engage and entertain such a diverse, yet specifically educated field of research scientists and chemical engineers?
Well they did…..kind of.
The stage was set with plastic covering the floor and sides. 5 large easels were displayed with a multitude of brushes and cans of paint. Who were they bringing out that could engage and “entertain” basically a very intellectual group?
Well out came the “on-site” artist Michael Israel who creates large portraits of famous people, with frenzied and dramatic strokes while loud music blares in the background.
Within minutes he had the crowd mesmerized as he did a colorful portrait of John Lennon. Next he changed the music and he went on to a montage of portraits of the Beatles as a group. This was followed by a creative, montage of colors that evolved into Albert Einstein. AND here was where he fulfilled his niche.
He stated that those in the audience were on the “cutting edge” of creating new compounds; new drugs in different and exciting ways that would help the worlds population. He talked of the attendees discipline and drive to study, create and continue to explore new and different ways to help mankind. Just like Einstein!
This artistic genius of Michael Israel rocked!
And I was impressed. Not only did he entertain, but he informed and recognized the skills of this eclectic audience.
As a professional keynoter myself, I new that he satiated the audience and left them impressed.
And that is the objective of any person who has to make an impression.
You want your impression to be positive, and long lasting.
As I tell my clients and my college students, “the brain thinks in pictures”…and that is what Mr. Israel did, in such a grandiose way!
So find your niche…and make it work. It will probably take several attempts, but find one that works for you.
At nearly 6ft. tall and the last name of Strong, I have focused on the fact that I am the “Attitude Amazon.” With a last name of Strong and having this height, I chose to make it work! And it has. Next I found my niche of speaking on CHANGE. But I broke it into an acronym of C.H.A.N.G.E.=S. And this breaks into Communication, Health, Atttiude, Negativity, Goals, Education and when they are combined, you deal with “change”…successfully!
Remember, change is taking place everywhere, everyday. How you adapt to it is a journey. How Michael Israel found a career changing opportunity in creating portraits; with frenzy and music… was a very, very successful change to his career. He found his niche…now
go find yours!
Helping people present and strategize their business presentations in a credible way, is what Strong Incentives does.
Interested? Well, discover how to present a new or old subject that will have people applauding the way they did for Michael Israel last night.
You’re worth it….as he found out…so was he…in the most unusual environment possible!
Not only did he entertain, but he took it to a next level by auctioning off the paintings that night to help the Gulf Fishermen, crippled fiscally by the BP Oil spill.
“Hats off” to you Mr. Israel!