1 & 3: NEVER Arrive Late!

Never arrive lateNumber One: NEVER Arrive Late

By late, I don’t mean late for the event, I mean late for the time you agreed upon with your event coordinator. This is usually a time when you will arrive BEFORE the audience arrives. If you want to get along with and receive support from your organizers, arrive at least 30 minutes before the starting time of the speech – an hour is better still.

never arrive late1. Give yourself extra time just in case you get stuck in traffic.

The last thing you need is to arrive with your heart pounding, because there was a traffic jam. Furthermore, you might get lost or might need to stop to fill up your vehicle with fuel. A bridge may open stopping traffic. So many things can happen that you wouldn’t anticipate.

2. Event coordinators get nervous too.

They have a lot invested in the event. They’ve publicized it and may be afraid no one will turn up. They may also have their own issues with public speaking anxiety and feel nervous about introducing you. Don’t add to their worries. Arrive early. They’ll love you for it.

3. You will feel so much more relaxed and confident if you arrive early.

Another reason to never arrive late: You will feel so much less nervous. If you aren’t feeling worried and embarrassed because you can tell that you’ll arrive late, you’ll feel calmer. You’ll also have time to set up and meet people in your audience—they’re usually friendly.

Of course, sometimes you can’t help circumstances beyond your control.

Never arrive lateI remember I once turned left instead of right and ended up on a long wooden bridge over a swamp. You simply couldn’t get off the bridge until you came to the end of it, which took miles. As a result, even though I tried to never arrive late, I did. That’s how I know how it feels to get to the event much later than agreed upon.

Another time, I didn’t realize I had crossed into a different time zone. What a surprise to discover that my it was an hour later than I thought it was.

These things happen. Therefore, to the best of your ability, keep in communication with your organizers.

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Carol Chapman is an author, inspirational speaker, and the creator of the online course, "Speak and Sell Books." As a speaker, she talks at weekend retreats, day-long events, and half-day programs. Her seminars are not only informative and transformational but also fun and entertaining. They often include participatory workshops and visual aids, such as videos and photographs. She specializes in dream interpretation, reincarnation, and Atlantis, and how to sell books while speaking. Formerly a photojournalist under contract to NASA, her photographs have appeared in magazines and newspapers throughout the world. She is the author of When We Were Gods, Arrival of the Gods in Egypt, Have Your Heart’s Desire, and the forthcoming Kindle series, "Public Speaking Tips for Authors."

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