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Gotta Gig? Now what!?

CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOU were invited to speak!   So what’s your topic? Better yet, what’s your title? “Um…. I don’t have one yet.  What do I need to do?  I was asked to speak on X.” Can I be really honest with you?  As emerging speakers, we can’t jump out of the gate acting like the pro’s, […]

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wing2wing - all in how you frame it

Wing2Wing: Successful Speaking Strategies

Over the course of this year, in building the Emerging Speakers Bureau, I’ve learned so many things.  But the #1 thing I’ve seen in Emerging Speakers themselves is wanting to be ‘the big name’ speaker, instead of delving into, discovering, and owning who they are and capitalizing on that powerful portfolio of information.   Instead, […]

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Once Upon a Skype by Michael Varma

Once Upon a Skype

A tornado of technology has turned storytelling, for business and pleasure, towards webinars, seminars, and Skype. Whether you’re training sales people in Pennsylvania or sharing a bedtime story with kids in California, you need to know how to best communicate and engage your audience across a computer or tablet screen.  My wife’s cousin Matthew, for […]

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Achieve more with a Magic Square

I remember laughing in class after hearing the classic question: “What would you do if you could not fail?” I thought, That’s silly, at some point in time everyone fails. I can learn from my and other people’s mistakes, so failing can be transformed into a good thing. But I played the instructor’s game and […]

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Marketing Fail: Why Your Social Media Posts are Failing

Marketing Fail: Pushin’ & Pimpin’

OK – the time has come to speak up. As speakers looking to make a name for yourselves, to differentiate yourselves from the competition, and to make more substantial income, steering clear of a  common practice and an alarming new trend will put you on the right path. The goal here is to persuade you […]

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Key to being ready

The Key to Being Ready

Victor raises a very good topic in this month’s Chairman’s Chat ‘April: Ya Gotta Be Ready!’.  Too many times we are not ready for our 15 minutes when it hits. Many times we are focused on perfection, the right topic, the perfect video, the right business card, and never get out of the gate.  The […]

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Be Proactive, not Reactive; Change Your Life.

Wouldn’t you rather be ahead of the game, instead of trying to catch-up? Sure, there are times when emergencies and the sneak attacks of life happen, but most times, there are ways to be prepared. Like being prepared for your speaking success, having someone call you to book a gig, rather than you having to […]

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Year in Review – Brand Baseline

Year in Review: Performance & Branding Health Every December, I partake in my annual “Year in Review” process. It is based on something I hooked into previously when I got tired of waiting for Managers at the places I worked determine the fate of my future. (Chris Guillebeau, “The Art of Non Conformity” even posted […]

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TM and SM equal more money

SM x TM = $$: Capitalize on Speaking

Tired of having one hit wonder speeches? You write a manual speech, deliver it, and it’s over? Capitalizing on your TM work by marrying your TM skills with social media to make more $, increase credibility, & build your pipeline is easier than you think. The ability to give speeches publicly makes you more marketable. […]

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Cool Tool Finds

This month several cool tool finds came across my desk so I had to implement some and give you a quick review.  (None of these links are affiliate links FYI – just information links if you are interested in checking them out). Cool Tools for Speakers: Udemy – a new online training place.  Very easy […]

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