The Speakers’ Code – Ten Tenets of Public Speaking

The Speakers’ Code – Ten Tenets of Public Speaking

Speakers don’t have a union, and we’re a motley collection of thought leaders, experts, teachers, crusaders (in the non-twelfth-century, deracinated version of the term), and misfits.  We’re on our own a good deal of the time on the road, on the stage, and on the search for new ideas. So we need a code. Here’s […]

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 […]

The Official Public Words Gift Shopping Guide for Speaker – 2014 Edition

I first ran this list a few years back.  Here it is again, updated for 2014 and in time for Black Friday in the US, and general holiday shopping elsewhere:  what to get your favorite public speaking family member or friend for the holidays.  Following (in no particular order and at varying price points) are […]

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 […]

Be Ready to Give a Great Speech, Top 10 Travel Tips for Speakers

Successful speakers are travellers. And they’re a particular kind: they have to arrive ready to give a great speech. So how do you minimize the wear and tear of modern travel on the body and soul? Nicola Dunkinson, Travel Writer and Blogger, gives us her top 10 tips for travel. As BA Cabin Crew, Nicola […]