The Speaker Persona You Need to Develop

The Speaker Persona You Need to Develop

I’ve worked for many years with speakers on developing their unique personas.  What’s the exact right mix of charisma, authenticity, perspicacity, authority, expertise, approachability, charm, humor, strength, and credibility that works for each individual?  Of course, a few basic traits keep coming up – expertise and approachability are among the most often repeated desirable characteristics.  […]

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 […]

The Presentation Guild, the Salary Survey, and the State of the Presentation Biz

The Presentation Guild, the Salary Survey, and the State of the Presentation Biz

I joined the Presentation Guild just over a year ago, shortly after it began, because I wholeheartedly support its aims:  to further the professional development of the people who work in the world of presentations.  I did a blog post on the Guild at the time, outlining its basic goals.  Recently, I had a chance […]

Toastmasters’ New Venture in Online Education

Toastmasters’ New Venture in Online Education

I’m a long-time fan of Toastmasters and the work it does worldwide to promote public speaking and leadership.  And it’s been a while since I talked about the group.  A recent announcement caught my eye – Toastmasters was launching something called Pathways.  I had to know – what was it?  How was Toastmasters changing?  And […]

Our Most Common Vocal Sins and What to Do About Them

Our Most Common Vocal Sins and What to Do About Them

I wish I could say that the 21st Century, while giving rise to technological wonders, artisan coffee, and Uber, has also seen the dawn of a new age of public speaking, and the voice.  Sadly, that’s not the case, and voices are getting worse.  Mobile phones, headsets, and open cube-style offices have corrupted our ability […]

What to Do about Speaking Fear when Nothing Else Works

I had a question from a reader recently about what to do when all my usual prescriptions (see here, here, and here) for dealing with stage fright – physical work on breathing and muscle group relaxation, coupled with mental work on imaging and replacing the feared outcome with a positive one – don’t work.  Perhaps the […]