THE ART AND BUSINESS OF SPEAKING

  • Technology: Nothing but a Hammer

    Whenever I respond to the question, “What Do You Do?” the conversation immediately takes...

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  • Brave New Speaking World, Same Old Principles

    Mike Frank, CSP, CPAE, as told to Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE The next time you speak at a seminar, be...

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  • Connecting with Distance Learning

    I just finished my first in-house virtual training on tax return analysis. The training goes beyond ...

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  • 5 Costly Marketing Mistakes to Avoid

    Patricia: Lois, clients pay you for well-developed feedback. What are the costly mistakes newer and ...

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  • Will You Marry Me? 5 Tips for Fully Engaging Your Clients

    Remember the old elementary school rhyme, “First comes love, then comes marriage…”? It was so ...

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  • 8 Habits to Communicate Better in a Social Media World

    “Just because they build it, do we have to come?” Yes, technology know-how and social media savvy ar...

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  • Author Authority– How to Brand Books and Speeches

    Look at book covers. When an author is new and unknown, his or her name is placed under the title. A...

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6 Steps to Writing an Hour Speech in 48 Hours

6 Steps to Writing an Hour Speech in 48 Hours

So, you’ve got to give a presentation and you do what most people do—procrastinate. Right? I’m a professional speaker and that means I’m a pro at putting off working on material. You know how it is. You’re busy binge-watching House of Cards and of co...

Are You Hiding Behind Your Status?

Are You Hiding Behind Your Status?

For as long as I could remember my biggest issue was not letting people in close enough to really know my story, who I was, what I stood for. I hid behind my status as an athlete and any accomplishments that went with it. That was my go-to card to im...

Why Fee Integrity is Hurting You

Why Fee Integrity is Hurting You

I first heard the term ‘fee integrity’ when I started hanging around the National Speakers Association. It means as a speaker you should know your fee level and not waiver from it. Don’t lower your fees. Don’t negotiate price. This goes against everything I know and believe as a pricing expert. Almost every successful compan...

Publish or Perish!

Publish or Perish!

As someone who has spent a good amount of years in and around academia, the age-old phrase “publish or perish” is one that was constantly heard at faculty meetings, and one that continues to thrive in academic circles. And as you give some thought to...

A Speaker’s Nightmare

A Speaker’s Nightmare

Have you heard people say that you should never leave the house without making an effort to look good, because you never know who you may bump into? How about…because you never know when you may have a speaking engagement? I was asked to speak ...

The 5 Biggest Money Risks for Speakers

The 5 Biggest Money Risks for Speakers

Do you dread doing your accounting? If so, you’re not alone. As speakers, we need to know we have enough money in the bank, but we might have a bookkeeper to take care of the endless posting chores that all small businesses have. Or we may trudge thr...

10 Tech Travel Tools Every Speaker Should Know

10 Tech Travel Tools Every Speaker Should Know

Unless you’re a webinar wizard, you probably travel now and again (or all the time) for live presentations. Even though life on the road can be a challenge, technology today can make things so much easier. Here are a road warrior’s top 10 travel tool...