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 […]

Mr. Trump, Mrs Clinton, and Dry Mouth

Mr. Trump, Mrs Clinton, and Dry Mouth

We did it. We survived the angriest three Presidential debates in the angriest Presidential campaign since Jefferson versus Adams in 1800. I’ve been reflecting on what we can learn as public speakers from the debates, and even at this brief remove there is already one clear lesson: preparation counts. Basically, as we heard throughout the […]

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 […]

Ten Life Lessons for Public Speaking Success

Ten Life Lessons for Public Speaking Success

From time to time it’s important to take a step back and put the world of public speaking into perspective. I do take it very seriously, and I am completely passionate about it, but it’s also important to recognize that public speaking is one human activity out of many, we don’t burn people at the […]

Is the Ego the Enemy in Public Speaking?

Is the Ego the Enemy in Public Speaking?

What makes public speaking most difficult is that you’re putting yourself out there, and you’re afraid of judgment. You’re afraid of things going badly. You’re afraid of someone calling you out for the fraud you fear yourself to be. You’re afraid someone will ask you a question you don’t know how to answer. You’re afraid […]

Public Speaking Professionalism, Performance, and the Beatles

Public Speaking Professionalism, Performance, and the Beatles

How much should you rehearse your speech? What does it mean to be a professional speaker? I often hear from semi-pro speakers and wannabe speakers that you shouldn’t rehearse too much lest you grow stale. To my way of thinking, that represents the wrong way to think about rehearsal – and professionalism. I’ll explain my […]

The Case for Toastmasters

The Case for Toastmasters

I regularly recommend Toastmasters to my clients who want a chance to get public speaking experience in a relaxed, supportive environment. As a long-time fan, I was pleased recently to have the chance to ask a few questions of Toastmasters’ CEO, Daniel Rex. So here are the basics you need to know about Toastmasters – […]