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~Carry a nametag in your glove compartment. Make one for personal use, another for business use. Then people will feel more comfortable walking up to you in meetings.
~Put your notes on back of duplicates of pictures (photography) you've taken. Then they won't stick out so much from podium (like white paper or index cards do.)
~Practice some opening lines and your handshake before you attend event. Practice using a mirror and ask your family to let you practice on them, too.
~Develop two a 30-second commercials (also called elevator speeches, USP - unique selling propositions). One is for personal use, and other would be for business use. On a recent telelclass I attended, provided by Jay Levinson of Guerilla Marketing fame, suggested creating a 7 word commercial, too. www.coachmaria.com/articles/usp.html
~Remember that everyone in that room is a human being, too. Everyone has their own fears to deal with... and they might even be same as yours.
~Find other ways to build your confidence, too. Email me ones that work for you. firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Marsala is an internationally known coach, author, and speaker. A former Wall Street trader and manager, she is the author of the ebook Thinking of Starting a Business... Let's Talk About What's Next. Subscribe to her free ezine "Helping You and Your Business Grow" at http://www.coachmaria.com/ebook/downlo