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 […]

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 […]

Josh Linkner and the Speaker Boot Camp

Josh Linkner and the Speaker Boot Camp

I’m taking time off from the principles of public speaking to publish a post with Josh Linkner.  Back at the principles later this week. Josh Linkner is a phenomenon on the global speaking circuit.  He’s written three books, two of them New York Times bestsellers.  He’s a serial entrepreneur, having launched five successful businesses.  He’s a […]

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 […]

In Defense of Audience Interaction

In Defense of Audience Interaction

One of the unintentional by-products of TED is that speakers, in an effort to mimic TED’s success, have been making speeches shorter and more entertaining.  That’s alarming. Wait a minute, you say.  Alarming?  How so?  How could that possibly be other than a good thing:  shorter and more entertaining speeches?  Isn’t the alternative – what […]

What Public Speakers Get Wrong And Audiences Need

What Public Speakers Get Wrong And Audiences Need

It’s been nagging at me for some time now that the speaking business is changing, because audiences are changing, and speakers are responding in precisely the wrong way. Meeting planners, speaker bureaus, and speakers everywhere take note. What’s happened? A little history is in order. In 2008-9, the speaking business – the conference business – […]

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 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 […]