September 23

Prep Part I – Preparing an Engaging Signature Talk

…in 3 easy steps

Follow the steps below to lay the groundwork for an engaging signature talk. Also, take a look at my Compelling Speaker Mini Course to guide you on how to make your introduction, body of your talk, your close, and your offer engaging. It's a step-by-step plug and play process!

Step 1.

First and foremost, the two primary ingredients in an engaging Signature Talk are expertise and passion. When you combine enthusiasm and experience, your public speaking skills come naturally.

However, whether you’re new or a seasoned speaker, you must keep working on your skills. All the masters continue to improve their skills.

Whether a musician or an athlete, professionals practice the basics. Experienced (and novice) speakers should too.

Take James Veitch, for example. When you google his name, you’ll get this statement from Wikipedia: James Veitch is an English comedian, mostly known for his humorous interactions with the authors of scam emails.

This guy is hilarious. Now, what does he have to do with public speaking and a signature talk? A lot, actually.

First, Wikipedia lets us know what he is known for. And, he is known for his signature talk!

You can watch it here (just over 9 minutes and you’ll laugh all the way through, I promise) – notice that his signature talk includes:


  1. His expertise (and first hand knowledge) with scam emails and

  2. His passion/enthusiasm about scam emails.

Step 2.

Your second step is to create your objectives.


It’s pretty easy to figure out James Veitch’s objectives: to make his audience laugh and to get more (comedy) gigs. Those are great objectives for any public speaker.


You can change the objectives around a bit to 1) engage your audience, 2) get more speaking gigs, 3) grow your community of followers (email list), 4) make an (irresistible) offer, and 5) gain clients.


But your objectives are just half of the equation.


Doing your homework on your audience beforehand and coming up with 3 take aways for them is the other half.


What are 3 things you want them to get out of your presentation?


These 3 things will satisfy the objectives for your audience.

The objectives for you will center around building relationships with your audience (such as, connecting with them on social media, adding them to your mailing list, getting them to sign up for your services, buy your book, fill your retreat, get booked for another speaking opportunity, etc.).

Both objectives for your audience and for you are included in some way in your introduction and close. Your ability to keep your audience engaged and to provide a ton of value, will go a long way to ensure you have buyers at the end of your talk.

Step 3

Third is crafting your talk. It’s best to create an outline of your Signature Talk each time you are going to present it. Why? Because researching and learning about your audience and customizing your talk just for them is super powerful! Tailoring your talk to your audience helps them relate and resonate with you/your talk.

Be sure to include quotes and anecdotes to draw in your audience. Once you have your outline done, then practice. Creating an outline will help you stay focused, and practicing will help you warm up. When you actually give your talk, you will feel prepared, giving you confidence.

A Signature Talk is a public speaker’s calling card, and helps you to create your brand. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect; it probably won’t be at first. Just get started and improve on it as you go. The main thing is to get started!


If you want more help with preparing an engaging signature talk, look no further than my Compelling Speaker Mini Course. It will guide you step-by-step on what to include and where throughout your entire presentation and will ensure that your audience is involved and ready to learn more (and buy) from you when you finish!


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