When The Show Must Absolutely Positively Go On

When The Show Must Absolutely Positively Go On

All professional speakers, and indeed virtually all speakers, have had days when they’ve been at less than their best.  They’ve had days when illness has made it really, really difficult to keep going.  And they’ve had days when travel problems mean that they are unable to be physically present at the gig.  None of these […]

How to Give a Virtual Introdution

How to Give a Virtual Introdution

Last week, I updated a post from 2011 that has been perennially popular, on giving an in-person introduction for a speaker.  But today, your introduction of someone else may just as likely be online, for a webinar or a video conference or something similar.  Does the virtual medium affect the rules of introducing someone?  How […]

The Uselessness of Speaker Ratings

One of the unfair realities of the professional speaking business is that celebrities get a pass when it comes time to rate the speaker after the speech.  And ratings are incredibly important to speakers because they are so essential for good buzz, repeat business, and long-term success. I’ve seen my fair share of celebrities speak, […]

How to Communicate Change

How to Communicate Change

As I talk to audiences recently, and, in fact, as I get ready to talk to those audiences by interviewing the meeting planners, conference organizers, and potential audience members, over and over again I hear a strikingly similar plaint. They begin by saying, “Our industry differs from every other one you’ll talk to.  Change is […]

Trends in Public Speaking in 2017

Trends in Public Speaking in 2017

I’ve been chatting recently with speakers, clients, managers, speaker bureau people, meeting planners – the whole universe of people who are involved in public speaking and conferences.  It seemed time to update the trends I’m seeing in the professional speaking world.  Please note this is an unscientific survey, based on anecdotal evidence.  But also some […]

Why We Need Conferences

Why We Need Conferences

Picture a worker in a cubicle. Gray walls, gray chair, gray computer. Gray hum of background noise all around. When she picks up the phone, the way in which the voice is processed over that instrument cuts out most of the emotion. That’s why telephone calls and webinars are so boring. No emotion. The rest […]

What Should the Role of Speaker Bureaus Be in 2017?

What Should the Role of Speaker Bureaus Be in 2017?

Ever since the Internet blew apart the old analogue job of speaker bureaus – to present speakers to their buyers, the meeting planners and conference organizers – many bureaus have struggled to clarify their real purpose in our half-online, half-in-person world.  Some have indeed simply added more and speakers, trying to make up for the lack of […]

Q and A with Rick Altman of the Presentation Summit

Q and A with Rick Altman of the Presentation Summit

I’ve been a fan of the Presentation Summit and Rick Altman for a long time.  I even spoke at one a few years ago, and I’m up again this fall at the 2017 version, so I’m very excited to renew some old acquaintances, make new ones, and see how fast Rick falls apart under maximum […]