What the *#@&! Should Speakers Swear?

What the *#@&! Should Speakers Swear?

Should a speaker swear on stage?  Is it ever appropriate, and if so when? These questions used to have an easy answer:  no, no, and never.  Profanity on stage used to be a deal killer, a contract ender and a career finisher.   Twenty years ago, I watched one promising speaker say “sh*t” on stage once, […]

Simone Vincenzi, Michelin Stars, and Public Speaking

Simone Vincenzi, Michelin Stars, and Public Speaking

Today I’m pleased to chat with coach Simone Vincenzi of the UK, who left the restaurant business to become a speaker coach and coach for events. Nick: Tell us how you went from working in Michelin-starred restaurants to coaching speakers? Simone:  I started working in restaurants when I was 14, and at the age of 19, […]

How Speakers Can Get Noticed Online

How Speakers Can Get Noticed Online

There are no shortcuts to getting noticed online.  It’s not about SEO or viral or Voodoo.  What is it about?  Let’s ask an expert, an SEO and viral expert, Arthur Tubman.  He says it’s actually all about content marketing. You see, I often get asked by clients and potential clients, both of the individual and […]

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 […]