As a coach, you help clients access their personal power and confidence so they can become the best version of themselves.
You guide them through challenges and obstacles so they can live from their highest potential and find their true purpose.
If you run an online coaching business, you help your clients achieve these goals during sessions that happen on digital platforms such as Skype or Zoom.
You might also connect with your clients in a private Facebook group and stay in touch via email.
While there’s nothing wrong with any of these methods, there is a massive missing piece that cannot be ignored…
I’m talking about the power and connection that can only be achieved in a live setting.
No matter how good you are at delivering value on a Skype call or offering support and advice via Facebook Messenger or email, it cannot come close to the impact you can create through live events and workshops.
But here’s the thing…
Many truly great coaches feel they’re not ready to face a live audience.
The truth is no one ‘naturally’ knows how to speak in front of a crowd. It’s not a talent or gift that you’re born with.
It’s a skill.
And like all skills, this one can be learned, honed and perfected. These 3 power moves will help you wow a crowd with confidence, at your first – or next - live event or workshop.
Power Move #1: Create a “Pull” Goal
There are two kinds of goals – negative and positive. Positive goals are the kind that will pull you to a higher level.
These are goals that inspire you to step up and move toward something that you do want.
At the heart of it, a pull goal is powered by motivation.
A negative goal is a push goal. These goals cause you to push away from something that you don’t want.
At the heart of it, a push goal is powered by fear.
If you’re feeling nervous about going up on stage at a live event, find a “pull” goal for yourself.
Think about the purpose of your speech. Think about the transformations and changes that you can help create for your audience.
This will boost your confidence and give you the motivation you need to overcome feelings of anxiety or doubt.
Avoid falling back on a “push” goal. Don’t tell yourself that, “I shouldn’t make a mistake” or “I don’t want to forget what I have to say when I’m on stage.”
This is likely to make you feel even more nervous and tense.
Power Move #2: Prep Like a Pro
One of the best ways to overcome fear and anxiety is to take time to prepare and practice.
Write your content well in advance of the event and then practice in front of a mirror.
Better yet, film yourself or ask a friend to help shoot a video of you, as you deliver your content.
Then watch your performance.
Try to be as objective as you can. You can do this by pretending that you’re watching someone else. Then take notes on how to improve.
You should also watch videos – YouTube is perfect for this – of other great speakers such as Tony Robbins.
This is an extraordinarily effective way to develop your ability to deliver massive value in a captivating way.
Power Move #3: Shift Your Attention
You know those few minutes that the speaker has to wait backstage as their name is announced to the audience?
The best speakers in the world will tell you that those are some of the most nerve-racking moments of their lives.
If you don’t make a conscious effort to overcome your anxiety and doubt, those few minutes before you get on stage can totally wreck your performance.
A simple but effective way to calm your nerves is to focus on your breath. When you to take deep, calming breaths you’re sending a signal to your brain that says, “There’s no need to freak out because I’m safe.”
This will get you out of the “fight, flight, freeze” mode that causes adrenalin and alarm to pump through your system, increasing your anxiety.
A great live event can easily take the place of 10 online coaching sessions and there’s the added benefit of being able to create transformational changes for a lot of people at the same time.
So, use these power moves when you’re preparing for a live event and you’ll notice your anxiety start to decrease and your confidence levels start to rise.
It’s definitely worth the time and effort to get over your fear of standing up in front of a crowd because if you want to have a lasting impact and create a legacy…
Live events and workshops are one of the most powerful ways to do both.