THE ART AND BUSINESS OF SPEAKING

  • 10 Cringe-Worthy Speaker Behaviors

    We always hear about “best practices on the podium,” and what we should do as platform professionals...

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  • Get Ready For Your Close-Up: How Speakers Can Get On the Tube

    Face it; there simply is not a more direct and effective way for a speaker to promote an event than ...

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  • Teach Them How to Buy From You

    Many of your neighbors are current prospects, but don’t yet know how to buy from you. They hea...

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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
  • The 4-Step Formula for Seeing Humor in the World

    One of the most common questions funny people get is, “How do you ever come up with that stuff?” As ...

    The 4-Step Formula for Seeing Humor in the World
  • Be the Leader in Your Own Life

    Bad things happen to good people. That’s just a harsh reality of life. That’s the bad news. The good...

    Be the Leader in Your Own Life
  • 4 Levels of Evaluation That Impact Your Business Bottom Line

    Rick was not a professional speaker. And it showed. The squinting audience needed binoculars to read...

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How to Speak to a Crowd as Tough as Congress

Before President Barack Obama stepped onto stage during the 2014 State of the Union Address, he already knew he was facing a tough crowd: the least productive and most polarized Congress in more than six decades. President Obama’s speech brings...

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You Got Game? Play the Engagement Game to Win Clients and Engage Audiences

In the kingdom of speaking, “engagement” wears the crown. And unfortunately, he is a king ignored by many. But it’s time to embrace his righteous power and face the hard facts. Without engagement, we can’t deliver as professional speakers and trainer...

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10 Secrets to Selling from the Stage

I’ve had success, but definitely not luck in speaking and selling from the stage. My closing ratios usually come in between 20-and-50 percent. I think the real strategy is making it look like luck, but being strategic without ever making it appear strategic. Be absolutely 100 percent authentic, while learning the craft of speaking, and studyi...

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...

Tax-Deductions

Home Sweet Home: Home is Where the Tax Deductions Are

As a speaker, you probably have a home office like I do. That comes with a tax deduction, for which the IRS now offers a simplified calculation method. That’s right. The IRS actually simplified something for a change. It has been a popular myth that ...

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Prezi Presentations: 10 Ways to Wow on Computers, iPads and Websites

The presentation software Prezi allows you to convert your existing slide deck into a dynamic new show that can better engage your audiences on your computer, iPad®, and your website. Prezi will help you get more from your existing content, and start...