THE ART AND BUSINESS OF SPEAKING

  • 4 Reasons Why Good Advice Won’t Work for You

    Isn’t good advice always worth taking? And don’t we all want good advice from whoever can give...

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  • 11 Deadly Presentation Sins

    A couple of years ago, I had the misfortune to attend the worst presentation of my life. The speaker...

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  • Happy Meals or Happy Tales: Serve Up Stories Made to Order

    A Systematic Approach for Serving Up Stores Made to Order Look, I get it. As speakers, it’s drilled ...

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  • The Write Way: 7 Tips to Overcome Writer’s Block

    Speakers are often required to be writers, but putting thoughts down on paper or electronic devices ...

    The Write Way: 7 Tips to Overcome Writer’s Block
  • 10 Tips for Going International

    Are you an international speaker? Actually, this is a trick question. You most certainly are an inte...

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  • Role Agreements, Not Job Descriptions

    When hiring staff, many people use ‘job descriptions’ to define what the person will do....

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  • Are You a Triple Threat?

    In football, a triple threat is someone who can run, pass and kick. In entertainment, it’s som...

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Straight Talk on the Gay Market

Straight Talk on the Gay Market

What do the following prominent historical figures have in common: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Willa Cather, Hans Christian Anderson and Emily Dickinson? If you answered that they are all famous authors, you are correct. How about Michelangelo...

Own Your Empire: How the Pros Automatically Improve Their Internet Marketing

Own Your Empire: How the Pros Automatically Improve Their Internet Marketing

Have you ever visited a website and been instantly mesmerized with the headlines, colors and layout of the design? You find it fascinating and bookmark it as fast as you can. This is a website that you know instantly conveys authority and is worth sa...

Are You Asking the Right Questions? 14 Key Questions to Ask Before Accepting a Speaking Engagement

Are You Asking the Right Questions? 14 Key Questions to Ask Before Accepting a Speaking Engagement

The phone rings. It’s a CEO you’ve never met, but he says a colleague told him about your high-quality keynote after seeing you some years ago. The CEO adds that your hand-out material is very insightful on the use of stories, and he would like to hire you for the opening keynote for his international conference nine months away. The focus is on “s...

Get Your Book Noticed

Get Your Book Noticed

You put your life on hold so you could finish writing your book. Now, you can sit back and relax while the sales roll in, right? Wrong! Developing a publicity strategy is critical to your book’s success. Ever since I was a little girl, I was surround...

Stop The Glorification of ‘Busy’

Stop The Glorification of ‘Busy’

I often hear from my fellow speakers how ‘busy’ they are and how little time they have. Of course, they are busy. They are doing their best to be of service to their family, their clients, and, hopefully, their self. Last week, I was watc...

Avoiding the Feast-or-Famine Cycle in Your Checkbook

Avoiding the Feast-or-Famine Cycle in Your Checkbook

If you are busy with revenue-producing activities, you’re probably cutting back on your marketing time. And when your calendar clears, so does your bank account! Here are five tactics for avoiding the feast-or-famine cash cycle common to speaking and...

Technology: Nothing but a Hammer

Technology: Nothing but a Hammer

Whenever I respond to the question, “What Do You Do?” the conversation immediately takes a sharp turn toward cynicism, “Nobody can make technology work,” or longing, “I wish my technology worked.” Both are accurate, but the tr...