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 […]

The Seven Worst Things That Speakers Do to Sabotage Themselves and Their Careers

The Seven Worst Things That Speakers Do to Sabotage Themselves and Their Careers

There’s something about the approach of fall that always makes me think about renewal.  Maybe it’s because I was tied to an academic calendar for a good deal of my work life.  The fall, then, is time for going back to school and learning something new to improve yourself, and your career, just as much […]

Tough career love for speakers

Tough career love for speakers

I often get asked by already-pro speakers, and near-pro speakers, how to take their speaking game higher.  They ask me questions like: How do I kick-start my career?  What will be that easy path to success?  What are the secrets to cracking the nut of getting all the highly-paid speeches you can handle?  Ah, if […]

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 […]

David Meerman Scott Launches Signaturetones.com

David Meerman Scott Launches Signaturetones.com

David Meerman Scott is an old friend and former client (back in the day when he was developing his current mastery of public speaking and the new rules of marketing and PR — also the title of his perennial best-seller on the topic).  Now, he’s a pro in constant demand, and yet he somehow found […]

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 […]

Speakers – What’s Your Digital Persona?

Speakers – What’s Your Digital Persona?

Speakers, when was the last time you took stock of your digital persona?  I was thinking of the phenomenon of our second, digital lives recently in light of the legislative moves to make erasing unfortunate parts of your digital past a right. For speakers, keeping track of your digital persona, updating it, and ensuring that […]

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, […]