THE ART AND BUSINESS OF SPEAKING

  • Be a Master of Ceremonies

    Speakers can enhance their value to clients by serving as a master of ceremonies, or emcee. I rememb...

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  • Speaker-Bureau Relationships: Decoded

    One of my favorite experiences as president elect of National Speakers Association (NSA) was to atte...

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  • 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 ...

    Own Your Empire: How the Pros Automatically Improve Their Internet Marketing
  • 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
  • 10 Secrets to Selling from the Stage

    I’ve had success, but definitely not luck in speaking and selling from the stage. My closing r...

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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 sh...

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  • How Keywords, Categories, and Amazon’s Algorithms Help You Sell More Books

    Amazon can help you sell more books — if you know how to take advantage of its features. Amazon uses...

    How Keywords, Categories, and Amazon’s Algorithms Help You Sell More Books
The Power of the Pie: How to Build a Business Even If You’re Not an Expert

The Power of the Pie: How to Build a Business Even If You’re Not an Expert

Since attending my first NSA workshop in 1995 in St. Louis, I’ve heard a common theme screaming down from the heavens. Maybe not quite the heavens, but definitely recorded video clips! If you’ve been to any NSA event, you probably know what I mean &#...

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Keynotes That Kill: How Your Program Titles Will Make or Break Your Brand

EXCITE YOUR READER Don’t let your brand be drowned out by your competition, underwhelming content, or information overload. It’s simple: We read news stories, social media feeds, and magazines based on the headlines. The more captivating the headline...

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...