THE ART AND BUSINESS OF SPEAKING

  • 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
  • The 6-Minute Speech and the Monster Under the Bed

    Young children occasionally cry out in the night from bad dreams of a monster hiding under the bed. ...

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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...

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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 alre...

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  • Money Under Your Nose: 8 Easy Steps for Success

    Do you ever seriously listen to suggestions from your audience? All professional speakers have been ...

    Money Under Your Nose: 8 Easy Steps for Success
  • 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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  • When Saying “Yes” Can Cost You

    To showcase or not to showcase? That seems to be the perennial argument in speaking communities, wit...

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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...

3 Secrets to Killer Branding and Copy

3 Secrets to Killer Branding and Copy

1. DIRECTION Are you ready to take your speaking career to the next level? The secret is not promoting YOU. People are tired of being “sold.” They want answers to their problems, not just a list of accolades and product pitches. It’s time to flip the...

3 Mantras for Sales Success

3 Mantras for Sales Success

The speaking world has changed. Our clients are well-informed with information at their fingertips 24/7. Let’s face it, sometimes we’re surprised how much they know about our businesses. The global recession has led to budget cuts everywhere. Training budgets have been slashed. The list goes on. I keep hearing “There’s no more low-hanging fruit, no...

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...

Money Under Your Nose: 8 Easy Steps for Success

Money Under Your Nose: 8 Easy Steps for Success

Do you ever seriously listen to suggestions from your audience? All professional speakers have been approached by audience members after a program, who offers suggestions for improving our presentations. Generally, the suggestions go in one ear and o...