Why Executives Need to Become Intentional Communicators

Why Executives Need to Become Intentional Communicators

For executives with a public-facing role, the game has changed.  You can’t rely on common sense or instinct or winging it today as you once might have done.  With mobile phones and YouTube everywhere, you have to assume that your life as a leader is entirely transparent.  Leaders who rely on ad-libbing and improvisation risk […]

What It Takes to Be Successful as a Professional Speaker

What It Takes to Be Successful as a Professional Speaker

I am often asked by clients and prospective clients about what it takes to succeed in the ever-more-competitive world of professional speaking.  My short answer is always that, even more than talent, what you need to succeed is the ability to work harder than your competition.  Those who show toughness and hang in there, I’ve […]

The Presentation Guild, the Salary Survey, and the State of the Presentation Biz

The Presentation Guild, the Salary Survey, and the State of the Presentation Biz

I joined the Presentation Guild just over a year ago, shortly after it began, because I wholeheartedly support its aims:  to further the professional development of the people who work in the world of presentations.  I did a blog post on the Guild at the time, outlining its basic goals.  Recently, I had a chance […]