Your Speaking Voice in 2019

Your Speaking Voice in 2019

Strange things are happening to speakers’ voices.  As I’ve worked with public speakers on finding their best possible voice over the past two decades, those voices are changing.  (Caveat:  this is anecdotal information, but it is based on a fairly hefty sample size, so it’s at least interesting.) What’s happening?  Vocal ranges are narrowing.  Male […]

When The Show Must Absolutely Positively Go On

When The Show Must Absolutely Positively Go On

All professional speakers, and indeed virtually all speakers, have had days when they’ve been at less than their best.  They’ve had days when illness has made it really, really difficult to keep going.  And they’ve had days when travel problems mean that they are unable to be physically present at the gig.  None of these […]

How to Structure a Great Speech

How to Structure a Great Speech

How do you structure a great speech? Here’s a quick way to think about a speech structure that works in many situations.  A great speech puts the occasion, the audience, and the speaker together in an unforgettable way. All three pieces of the rhetorical puzzle are important. Begin by considering the audience’s needs. Ultimately a great […]

What It Takes to Be Successful as a Professional Speaker

What It Takes to Be Successful as a Professional Speaker

I am often asked by clients and prospective clients about what it takes to succeed in the ever-more-competitive world of professional speaking.  My short answer is always that, even more than talent, what you need to succeed is the ability to work harder than your competition.  Those who show toughness and hang in there, I’ve […]