How To Make Yourself More Visible Offline
The power of networking, unforgettable presentations and amazing events
How can I improve my networking, presentation and organising skills?
Prepare yourself for in-person visibility opportunities
After having a look at your online visibility, it is now time for your offline visibility. There are several ways to let people, usually locally, but with internet possibilities of course also globally, get to know you and/or your business by you actually being there. It might happen that you are asked to give a presentation about your expertise or your business. If this happens you want to be prepared! By organising an event yourself, you can take matters into your own hands. In those cases, the essentials of networking, unforgettable presentations and event organising are of huge importance.
6 Essentials of networking
The following 6 aspects can make your networking experiences a lot easier!
- Asking easy questions
- Sharing a personal story
- Name-remembering technique
- Following up
- No one is looking at you
6 Essentials of unforgettable presentations
After going through a lot of shared knowledge on this topic by experts I came to the following 6 essentials that are key to making a presentation unforgettable:
- Being genuine
- Creating the content with in mind, amongst others the 10/20/30 rule meaning 10 slides, 20 minutes and 30 points font size
- Use the right technology, for example, Powerpoint or Prezi
- Paying attention to the audience’s needs
- Showing your emotions
- Allowing yourself to make mistakes
10 Essentials of conscious event organising
After organising many events and trainings I came to the following 10 essentials:
- Designing with deep intention
- Finding the right location
- Working in co-creation
- Paying attention to sustainability
- Touching people’s hearts
- Using silence and sound
- Memorizing through visualization
- Learning by experience
- Focusing on connections
- Noticing the energy
I love bringing people together and have been doing this since I started studying. I have organised many events and get-togethers for local and global large and small groups of people. This taught me a lot about what is needed to create a good space for discussing certain topics or doing certain activities that are related to the intention of the event.
When I was 23, right after having my law degree, I worked at a communication firm in an in-between job and had my first-time experience with organising a large event for hundreds of people. The last event which I organised, from scratch on, was an international event in Berlin for about 60 people. At that time, after all my learning experiences, I was more conscious of what was needed. For me, the best learning is still by doing.
Giving a presentation is another story for me. I still tend to avoid being in front of groups for giving a presentation. My experience is though that as long as I stay close to what I believe in and my gained knowledge so far, it all works out fine. Furthermore, some breathing exercises beforehand are helpful to ease the nerves.
The best presentation I gave has been the one when I left an orphanage where I worked for in Nepal. I had to give a farewell speech to the children, teachers and the medical staff. The words just came like I was in a flow. Just looking at the children that were so dear to me, made me speak right from my heart. Of course it is not common to speak to such a specific audience, but still, it made me realize the importance of sharing a story right from your heart.