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The Thrive Business Showcase

It’syour chance to show that you are the authority in your sector and to make sure that your network really understands your business as much as possible and in as much depth as they can. You need to make it simple for people to generate referrals for you.

The ‘Spotlight’ enables your fellow members to understand more about you and business which helps them when looking to pass on leads and referrals. So it is in your interest to do so, 5 minute for the presentation and 5 minutes for questions. Audience participation in the form of questions or suggestions is important and will help people to understand about your business and this is often what they want to know more about. The more information people have about your business the easier it is for them to recommend you to others or pass referrals.
The first few sentences of your presentation are very important. If you show that you are confident about what you are about to say, your audience will sit up and listen. Tip – Learn some useful opening phrases.
You can use various resources and props that will help you with describing your products or services, especially when combined with humour but ensure that this is appropriate.
Your presentation does not have to be a formal ‘chalk and talk’ session.
So what do people like to hear?
People like stories.
People like emotions.
People like to hear about success.
Facts tell, stories sell.
People don’t like to hear facts. So if, you’re sharing a bunch of facts about your business, yes, you will bore them!
Show that you are the best authority in your field but sometimes recognise you might have to tone it down (and not be too clever) and don’t use acronyms or jargon that the listener might not understand.
If you are apprehensive about presenting then don’t worry, you are not alone. This is something many people are anxious about but there is a wealth of information available about giving a presentation which is both useful and helpful. Plus your fellow members can provide advice and support.
Practice makes perfect! So go through your presentation several times before the meeting and think about what you are trying to say and how you will convey this to your audience. What are your key messages? Think of a memorable title for your presentation and ensure that it flows throughout.
It is recognised that people remember the beginning and the end of a message so make sure that you have impact at the start and the finishon a high note so that your audience are left with a positive impression.
And finally don’t be afraid to show your passion for your business.
 

 

Networking puts you in the position to connect with people with whom you want to do business and allows you to gain and grow good business relationships from the beginning. Networking isn’t just about making contacts and connections, it’s about making the right ones. Thrive is a forwarding thinking group of like-minded people who appreciate staying connected and helping each other.