How to work with publishers and agents: The Public Words Speaker Forum 2010

As I’ve blogged before, professional speakers need books in order to sustain a career over the long term.  And that means books published by traditional publishing houses for the most part, though there are exceptions.  The exceptions are speakers who already have a strong market for their speeches and can sell the books ‘in the […]

Pam Slim on Social Media and Purpose (Public Words Speaker Forum 2010)

Continuing with the theme of insights from the Public Words Speaker Forum 2010, one of the standout talks was from Pam Slim.  Pam’s generosity and openness made a deep impression on me and everyone else at the conference.  Thanks, Pam, for the inspiration! Once again, I welcome guest blogger Sarah Morgan.  The title of Pam […]

How to make your book successful – a 5-step plan (PWSF 2010)

I'm delighted to welcome a guest blogger to this space:  Sarah Morgan, a writer for, attended the Public Words Speaker Forum 2010 and is writing up some of the speakers and sessions.  (Full disclosure:  she's my daughter.)  Welcome, Sarah, and thanks for this insightful piece on how to ensure that your book is a […]

Why is most public speaking – especially in the business world – so bad?

(This blog is based on the talk I gave at the opening of the Public Words Speaker Forum, June 11-12, 2010.) Why is most public speaking – especially in the business world – so awful?  And how can we raise the bar, which is set distressingly low.  I think there are three principal reasons.  First, […]

How to be a passionate speaker

Many people will tell you that passion is everything in presentations and communications in general.  “Just be yourself – be passionate,” they say.  There are two problems with that advice.  What if you’re not passionate about the subject?  And what if “being yourself” means being shy, or geeky, or just plain terrified? Giving a speech […]

Perelmuter Live at the Public Words Speaker Forum 2010: a Speaker Bureau Chief Speaks

Ever wonder how you can launch your own (paid) public speaking career or take your existing practice up to the next level?  Here’s your chance to get the straight story from one of the best:  Martin Perelmuter.  Martin launched Speakers Spotlight a few years back and has already managed more than 12,000 speeches in over […]