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write a book

Oct: Make Your Book Happen

You know, it isn’t just speakers who have trouble finishing their first book. A buddy of mine coaches high level volleyball. In a Facebook post he sheepishly mentioned his book project of 10 years. I texted him to ask about his book and how I could help him finish it. To my surprise, although I don’t know […]

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do your best, don't hope for the best

Sept.: Is Your Best Really Your Best?

You’ve heard the expression, “Do your best.”  Such as a parent to their child: “I don’t care what you choose (major / career / sport), just do your best.” What, exactly, does that mean? Do your VERY best? The best with time constraints? The best at all costs? Many athletes after a big competition, say: […]

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Staying Relevant as a Speaker

August: Are You Staying Relevant? Even Audacious?

Is your signature presentation as updated as your Adobe Flash or your smartphone apps? As I was updating my Flash player this month (it seems monthly), it reminded me of updating my apps. Which made me think of my and the Bureau-member presentations. Are we updating them? I remember giving several talks on nonverbal communication to […]

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The Big Leagues

July: Are you Shooting for the Big Leagues?

I grew up in a neighborhood where there was a bunch of kids. We played whatever sport was in season. We knew we were low level, but didn’t think any more about it. Heck, we were in our own little world. Then we had an outsider come play with us. He played school football. He […]

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Key to Speaking Success

June: Are You Speaking from the Heart?

No …really … Are you speaking from the heart? I don’t mean intending to, I mean LIVING your presentation. Not worrying about how you look or sound. Not worrying about your next perfect phrase that shows how smart you are or how hard you worked on writing it. Or the type of phrase that will win […]

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Create from a box

May: Do You Have a Unique Story?

Life lessons from a recently homeless , aspiring public speaker. Larry Gassin and I just got back from a 4-day “Big Money Speaker” event near LAX. With Larry’s connections, we got in on free tickets. Yes, there were product and service pitches, but it was still worth it. Free was not totally free, however.  With gas, […]

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Be Ready For Speaking Success

April: Ya Gotta Be Ready!

  A speaker friend called to ask if I had video clips of my Networking presentation.  I didn’t. I hadn’t edited out my favorite short clips from the video I took. It was not a fun feeling. It reminded me of what a lady once told me: “You have to be ready when it hits.” So […]

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Don't learn the hard way

March: Don’t Learn the Hard Way

Somebody has been there before you. Why not take advantage of their tips and shortcuts? Most times, figuring it all out by yourself wastes precious time AND money. My Advice? Don’t learn the hard way. At work, I get our Yelp report for the week. It’s just OK. (Yelp is the go-to site for people […]

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Lessons for Speakers from the SuperBowl

February: SuperBowl Lessons for Speakers

We just had Super Bowl XLVII (47). I hope you watched it. If for nothing else, than from a communication point of view (you will be surprised to see where you will uncover Speaking Lessons when you learn to look for them)…….And to see how a company believes they can deliver $4M of value in […]

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Resolutions on Steroids

January: Resolutions on Steroids

Jump into January 2013! It’s 2013 – what do you HAVE to do this year? Notice that it’s NOT: “What do you WANT to do this year?” I’m not talking New Year’s resolutions: those are desires, ‘shoulda-coulda-musta’s (you know the kind: ‘I should lose weight/must lose weight’), ideas, suggestions, etc. I’m talking – ‘I must […]

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