THE ART AND BUSINESS OF SPEAKING

  • 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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  • Get More Bang with Bundles

    I self-published my first book, an historical novel, in 2002, and immediately threw myself into the ...

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  • 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 present...

    10 Tech Travel Tools Every Speaker Should Know
  • Why George Takei is a Powerful Public Speaker

    Whether it’s on Star Trek or as a social activist, George Takei certainly knows how to engage an aud...

    Why George Takei is a Powerful Public Speaker
  • 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...

    The Power of the Pie: How to Build a Business Even If You’re Not an Expert
  • Don’t Be Caught Tailoring Your Presentation with These 5 Tricks

    When you tailor your presentation to a particular audience, you not only prove your professionalism ...

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  • 8 Habits to Communicate Better in a Social Media World

    “Just because they build it, do we have to come?” Yes, technology know-how and social media savvy ar...

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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...

Using the Global Octopus Model to Partner Across the Globe

Using the Global Octopus Model to Partner Across the Globe

Many speakers and trainers want to work globally, but aren’t sure how to make it happen. As two CSPs, one in Atlanta (Jennifer) and one in Berlin, Germany, (Dirk) we created a highly successful intensive weeklong leadership program in 2016 for coaches in Berlin. Dirk’s consulting firm hosted Jennifer and we collaborated for a year to design and del...

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 ...

16 Revenue-Generating Ideas

16 Revenue-Generating Ideas

At Influence 2018, 16 speakers each had two-minutes to quickly and clearly share a tip that brought their business additional revenue. Check out the transcripts of each of their presentations that can help you bring in more revenue for your speaking ...

Avoid Last-Minute Surprises with a Meeting Planner Checklist

Avoid Last-Minute Surprises with a Meeting Planner Checklist

With the nickname Organized Audrey, I am not a fan of surprises, because they make me feel out of control. So, imagine my surprise when I arrived to an engagement wearing mostly black, accompanied by my videographer, only to discover that the drape b...

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...