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Inspirational Women Of the Speaking Circuit: Venus Morris Griffin of ‘Meybohm Real Estate’ On The Five Things You Need To Be A Highly Effective Speaker

Be direct and be vulnerable….and don’t be afraid to show emotion. Sometimes I cry, laugh, get mad, and get excited during my talks. When I first began, I thought by showing these emotions, it made me appear weak. As I became a more seasoned speaker, I realized that showing these emotions made me more powerful. I share the good and bad, and I make it personal and at each presentation, I can always tell my audience is connecting with me because I see many of the participants crying when I make eye contact with them.

  1. Treat your business like a business…If I have nothing on my calendar for the day, I still get up and put my business suit on and act like I do. The business will always follow.
  2. Find one or two people in the business that are successful and that you look up to, then don’t look at the rest. I learned early on in this business that more people unfortunately would rather see you fail than succeed, but don’t let that stop you from giving 110% every day. You will be successful if you make the effort.
  3. Get your mind in the right place… It doesn’t matter how bad the market is…or how many other agents are out there, you will be successful if you consistently put the effort in.
  4. It’s ok to be uncomfortable…Own that and don’t let the client see or feel it. They can’t read your mind and you will become more comfortable as you become more established. It’s normal and okay.



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