Should You Become a Professional Speaker This Year?

Should You Become a Professional Speaker This Year?

Is this the year you become a professional public speaker?  And if you’re interested in the idea, what are the first steps? If you’ve sat in an audience watching the keynote at your industry’s annual conference and thought, “I could do that,” then maybe this is your year.  Or, if you’ve given speeches to small […]

The Insider’s Guide to Successful Professional Speaking in 2017

The Insider’s Guide to Successful Professional Speaking in 2017

Happy New Year to all, and here’s to a successful, passionate, clarity-filled year for all of us as public speakers in 2017.  As I noted before the break, we are working in turbulent times – at least we truly believe that to be the case, which is what matters for our stress levels – and […]

How to be a Successful Speaker in Turbulent Times

How to be a Successful Speaker in Turbulent Times

(The second of two articles about preparing for 2017.) It’s official: we are living in turbulent times.  I’ve never seen such a high level of anxiety among fellow speakers, in the audiences speakers address, and in the industry itself – among the meeting planners, conference organizers, and speaker bureau reps. It’s not entirely clear why […]

Speakers’ Prep List for a Great 2017

Speakers’ Prep List for a Great 2017

Speakers, what are your plans for 2017?  How are you going to prepare yourself to develop your best voice, presence, and message this coming year?  The good news is that it’s a great time to be a speaker; the conference marketplace has bounced back from its 2009 lows to record opportunities.  The bad news is that […]

How to Renew Yourself as a Public Speaker

How to Renew Yourself as a Public Speaker

We’re finally in the last week of the US presidential election, and for most of us it will be a relief to stop hearing about deplorables, groping, and that ridiculous institution the Electoral College.  It’s not too early to think about refocusing our hearts and minds on important stuff like your public speaking career and […]

Five Tips for Starting a Pro Speaking Career

Five Tips for Starting a Pro Speaking Career

I’m often asked how to get started in a professional speaking career. Perhaps you’ve given presentations as part of your job to modest-sized audiences, and gotten a great response. Perhaps you find you love being on stage. Or perhaps you’ve got a burning issue you’re on fire to talk about, spread awareness for, and for […]

Twenty Questions for Public Speakers

Twenty Questions for Public Speakers

One of my favorite blogs is Warren Berger’s A More Beautiful Question. His questions are always illuminating – before even the answers start to flow. And that of course is his point. Recently Berger has identified the changing nature of leadership from authoritarian to more coach-like as part of a cultural move from answers to […]

What It Takes to Succeed as a Public Speaker Today

What It Takes to Succeed as a Public Speaker Today

Motivational speeches have acquired a bad name in some quarters. In 2008-9, the market for them tanked, and ever since meeting planners, speaker bureaus, and people looking for speakers have insisted on something called “takeaways,” meaning practical things you can do right away to increase employee morale, productivity, and throughput per pod-human (TPPH), or whatever […]

The Seven Keys to Successful Public Speaking, 2016

The Seven Keys to Successful Public Speaking, 2016

What does it take to create a successful speech – and a successful speaking career — in 2016? The rules have changed, and it’s useful to consider the following seven keys to successful speaking in order to ensure that every time you step onto the stage you’re sure-footed and don’t make a wrong move. 1.Authenticity […]

The Three Questions that Predict Public Speaking Failure

The Three Questions that Predict Public Speaking Failure

As a speaker coach, and nurturer of speaking careers, I hear from people every day asking for help to become a paid speaker, a more successful paid speaker, a speaker who gets standing ovations, a speaker who breaks the mold and defies the categories, a speaker who changes the world. And I love it; it’s […]