When I talk to clients about holding teleseminars, they bring up three fears. Each person will have different fears. As a former professor, I knew I could handle #1 and #2. But I had to deal with #3 when I started out.
Sometimes these fears have a realistic basis but often they’re groundless…and you can begin today to make changes so you won’t be stopped before you start.
Fear # 1 – “What will I talk about?”
What did you talk about with your last client? You probably didn’t stutter and say, “Um…I don’t know anything.” Instead, you spoke authoritatively on a topic, presenting yourself as an expert.
For instance, I spent half an hour walking a client through her first steps in Twitter. We talked about the reason you might reply or retweet. We talked about how to choose followers and accept or reject invitations. Now I’ve got a new teleseminar topic!
Fear #2 – “What if they hate me?”
Some people probably will. I have a distinctive speaking style. Some people like it. Others don’t.
I tend to speak directly. Some people hate that. Others go out of their way to listen to me.
Let’s get real. If you mumble or say a lot of “uhs,” go off on tangents, giggle after sentences, or insult your audience, you will get negative responses. So if you are new to the world of speaking, get a coach to listen and evaluate a few of your sessions.
Fear #3 – “What if nobody comes?”
If you have a live audience, it’s a disaster. In a teleclass, you can still gain some benefit from the call. You can create a podcast, offer the replay to your list, create a product, or just take notes and write an ebook.