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 […]

What’s the Most Important Thing for a Speaker to Worry About?

What’s the most important aspect of speaking for a professional speaker to develop? I get asked that question all the time by people at the early stages of their careers, people who are passionate about some idea or cause or field of knowledge and who want to spread their expertise to the world. They’re thinking […]

How Much Should A Speaker Charge?

How much should you charge to give a speech? The question is complicated by a number of factors including perception, the market, your expertise, the audience, and your celebrity appeal. I’m going to approach the subject from the point of view of a speaker trying to gauge the marketplace and price to get bookings. Be advised […]

A Speakers’ Bureau That Gets It When Many Don’t

The world of speakers’ bureaus in 2010 – after the economic crash – is a perilous one.  A number of forces are combining to make life more difficult for them, and some of the trends appear to be long-term changes.  Some bureaus have had lay-offs, and some have disappeared altogether.  One firm is thriving, however, […]