Do You Use These Travel and Performance Strategies


by Burt Dubin on April 23, 2013


Do You Use These Travel and Performance Strategies:

In this article you capture actions and strategies that allow your audiences to see you crisp and fresh every time you walk on stage. In addition, your materials will be crisp and fresh. You will look good as you travel and perform at your best, too. Topping that, attendees will know they witness you being present and aware of what is going on that day in their locale.

1. When you travel, carry your presentation clothes in your luggage. All of them. Wear travel clothes for travel. Put on your costume within an hour or two of going on. (Carry a mini shoe-shine kit, a small steamer, a spare tie/scarf, an extra shirt/blouse, needle, thread, buttons, travel scissors, just in case.)

2. Do not carry original anything—except replaceable supplies. Leave your original art, master copies at home. Carry mint-fresh copies that look great. Replace these periodically. This investment in marketing crispness pays off. Did you ever enter a fine dining room and get handed a dog-eared menu? How did handling that menu make you feel? Let your fresh, sharp accessories make a statement for you.

3. Remember—you’re on from the minute you get to your home town airport. The person seated next to you may be on the way to attend your program. At the property you carry your reputation with you every moment. Bring along a pair of old jeans and a pullover for relaxation in your room. (I remember arriving exhausted from a full day seminar and a difficult evening flight at the Brown Palace [Denver]. I ordered a great dinner served in my room. Then I relaxed and enjoyed it—in my old jeans.)

4. Set high standards for your platform performance. Be a tough boss—of you. Make each outing your very best ever. Ask yourself, what can I add to this presentation, something I’ve never said or done before? I like to buy a couple of local newspapers at 7 AM, scan them, seeking an article or news report that can be related to this group, this place, this day.

5. Did the local team win? Refer to the win and the coach or the star who was the hero—and watch your audience warm to you. Mingle with early arrivers at your program. Create conversation. Learn of interests, needs, wants, hopes, topical matters, local color. When you speak, weave in your findings in whatever way they may fit—or as asides. Your audience then knows this is no canned delivery. You are present, alive, alert, aware, here and now. The cherry on the top is that some incognito decision-maker, some quiet influencer, moved by your spontaneity, may decide in that instant that she wants you to speak or consult for her company.

Listen, reader, I do this stuff. All of it and more! And, does it pay off!!! Wow! I presented a customized Keynote for the International Fence Industries Association. Because I treated the front burner issues they wanted, I got a five figure consulting assignment from a company president who was there.

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