Are you speaking on your first influencer panel? Public speaking may be daunting to some as is, but when you are giving advice and guidance to others your nerves can really get to you.  We’re sharing a few panel prep tips to make your speaking experience a little less nerve wrecking.

Prepare Notes. You will most likely know the topic you are speaking on beforehand. This is great because it gives you time to make makes on your topic and what points you want to make sure you address when the day comes. If you are worried about forgetting something, bring your notes along!

Make Eye Contact. If you have ever taken a public speaking course, you know one of the most important things to do is make eye contact with your audience. Not only will they will be more engaged, but you will feel the connection you are making with them as well.

Be a Resource for Your Audience. They are there to hear you speak! Your audience knows you have valuable information to share, which is why they attended in the first place. Remember, you are there to be a source of knowledge for them.

Engage Your Audience. If you’ve ever been in the audience yourself, you know that most likely not everyone is paying 100% attention. With distractions like texting or email, it’s easy to not devote all of your attention to the speaker. Get your audience engaged by asking them questions, having them share their thoughts, etc. When your audience is engaging with you, it will also help them remember what you said.

Answer Questions. Be open to answering questions during a Q&A or after the panel ends. If you get a question that deserves a longer answer, offer to take their name and email or phone number so you can follow up with your answer later.

Are you interested in speaking on an influencer panel? Foodie Tribe is excited to announce that we are hosting our first Grow Your Influence seminar, October 2nd, 2019 in Miami featuring a panel of our very own Foodie Tribe influencer speakers!

If you are interested in speaking fill out this form: here.

Dara Schlossmann is an Influencer Manager at Foodie Tribe. In her free time you will find her taking advantage of the sunny Florida weather, traveling, or in the kitchen cooking up a new recipe.