THE ART AND BUSINESS OF SPEAKING

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Make art’s permed master of “happy little trees” your personal hero

Make art’s permed master of “happy little trees” your personal hero

Speaking in front of crowds is nerve-racking. The truth is, instead of doing a speech, most people would rather take a test they didn’t stud... »

Celebrity Speakers Series

Celebrity Speakers Series

Celebrity isn’t a vain pursuit. And it isn’t always about fame. It’s about name recognition–recognition that can lead to easier, bette... »

baseball

The 5 Most Inspiring Speeches in Sports History

Whether to rally teammates, announce a retirement decision, celebrate a victory or mourn a loss, here are five of the most inspiring and mov... »

Put an Innovative Spin on the Ordinary and Separate Yourself from the Competition

Put an Innovative Spin on the Ordinary and Separate Yourself from the Competition

You know the drill. There are thousands of speakers with the same core purpose: motivate, educate and/or inspire. You already have the passi... »

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 p... »

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 h... »

7 Tips to Take Your Panel Discussion from Terrible to Terrific

7 Tips to Take Your Panel Discussion from Terrible to Terrific

The only thing worse than a dull speech is a dull panel discussion, where the misery is multiplied by the number of bad panelists. We’re acc... »

Are You a Fan of BDA? 27 Tips to Add More Value to Your Speech

Are You a Fan of BDA? 27 Tips to Add More Value to Your Speech

As busy, traveling speakers, it’s easy to focus all attention on getting the gig, doing a great job and heading home. The most successful an... »

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 ... »

Moderating Panel Discussions

Moderating Panel Discussions

In a recent survey of 500 executives and meeting industry professionals, a whopping 63 percent believe the panel format is merely “okay”—or ... »

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