THE ART AND BUSINESS OF SPEAKING

Audience Engagement

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... »

Selfies: Your New Go-To Marketing Tool

Selfies: Your New Go-To Marketing Tool

What do celebrities, athletes, politicians and even speakers have in common? They all have, at one time or another, participated in a wildly... »

24 Social Media Tips to Engage Your Audience

24 Social Media Tips to Engage Your Audience

How do you extend the relationship with your audience beyond the duration of your keynote? This a challenge that I’ve definitely grapp... »

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... »

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 a... »

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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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 righ... »

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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 ... »

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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: th... »

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