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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  • 6 Tips to Reload Your Internal Database

    Backstage before a concert, you will find the professional musicians rehearsing the well-known numbe...

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  • Money to Grow On–10 Spending Guidelines for Speakers

    One of the biggest decisions in most businesses is how to spend profits wisely to grow the business,...

    Money to Grow On–10 Spending Guidelines for Speakers
  • The Intersection at “Can Do” and “Want To”

    There is a plethora of ways to make money in the speaking business. Attend any NSA educational event...

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  • 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-quali...

    Are You Asking the Right Questions? 14 Key Questions to Ask Before Accepting a Speaking Engagement
  • 11 Deadly Presentation Sins

    A couple of years ago, I had the misfortune to attend the worst presentation of my life. The speaker...

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  • The Keynote We Can’t Let Go

    Do you remember where you were when you first heard the phrases “let it go” or “pick a lane”? Perhap...

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The Keynote We Can’t Let Go

The Keynote We Can’t Let Go

Do you remember where you were when you first heard the phrases “let it go” or “pick a lane”? Perhaps you were in the hallway of an NSA Convention and someone retold the tale of a speech that would be talked about for 14 years after it was delivered....

Building a Back-End Business

Building a Back-End Business

I’m a fellow member of NSA and I have experienced firsthand the power of building a better back-end business model. Imagine you’re me, five years ago. You’re a 30-something “up-and-coming” speaker and trainer. You’ve been semi-successful at landing p...

How Four Scored: Four NSA Legends Share Golden Nuggets for Generating a 7-figure income

How Four Scored: Four NSA Legends Share Golden Nuggets for Generating a 7-figure income

Remember being that new professional speaker with big dreams to change the world with your message? Then you wondered how you would promote yourself, get booked, run your business and hire support? Well, Four NSA CPAEs experienced those thoughts and feelings 25-plus years ago and created impressive speaking empires. Check out the words of wisdom fr...

Clearing the Decks

Clearing the Decks

How do busy professionals find the time to write their books? I recently spoke with Steve Bustin, a speaker colleague from Brighton in the United Kingdom. I learned from Facebook that he had written his book in one week, so I had to talk with him to ...

What to Do in an Active Shooter Situation

What to Do in an Active Shooter Situation

With more active shooter incidents happening, here are tips on how to respond if a shooting breaks out: Remain calm. Your head might be telling you to fight or escape. Maintain calm to help determine what is possible. Recognize your options. Your cha...

Track your Tasks

Track your Tasks

If you’re preparing to put on a self-sponsored program, make sure you don’t miss any to-dos with a detailed checklist of steps. Download a customizable checklist and add your own unique tasks for each program you offer.  

The Picture of Success

The Picture of Success

I interviewed five fabulous speakers on how they use Instagram for their business. Not too surprising, they had five completely different strategies for how they use the app and how they determine results. There were two consistent messages in the in...