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June: to TED or not to TED

I heard a funny comment from another TM Speaker’s Bureau: “Everyone wants to give a TED talk, but no one wants to give a 20 minute qualifying speech.”  As tough as a Qualifying Speech is, a TED talk is more demanding. One observation was: prepare to give the talk of your life. How are you going […]

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how to write a good speaker intro

How to Write a Good Speaker’s Intro

Have you ever listened to a speaker introduction that was not as good as it could have been? Or maybe you wrote, or struggled to write, an introduction for yourself as a speaker.  For every speaking engagement I have, I create a new folder on my computer which I synchronize with my Google Drive account so I […]

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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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12 Ways to Create Your Own Buzz

As speakers and small business owners, we sometimes need to do some serious bootstrapping to grow our brand, our business, and our careers.  I have listed 12 ideas below for you to use in building your own buzz to create more business.  I have tried all with great results.  If you have others, please feel […]

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7 Awesome Resources for Speakers

At January’s Speakers Bureau meeting, I provided several resources and challenged the speakers to research and book gigs for themselves.  I challenge my career management coaching clients that same way, to find information about companies they would like to work at, to provide services for, or to contact for more information.  For those clients, I […]

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10.5 Ways to Get Involved

Fellow Speakers Bureau members: Our site is new / that much is true,  but the potential is great / and we’d like you to participate! Ok, so a poet I am not.  Yet the point of that statement is still as important.  At January’s meeting EDU – I challenged all of you to up your […]

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The Power of Why in Goal Setting

As a 6 sigma Master Black Belt, one of the tools we were taught was the ‘fishbone’ diagram; a tool to identify the root causes of a problem. Not symptoms, but to id the root causes.  To get to those causes, you must continually ask why. (For those so inclined, the ‘fishbone’ is also known […]

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Skip Plan B, It Distracts From Plan A

The title of this post is actually a line from a Will Smith song, and some of his talks.  It has stuck in my head for years, mainly because I am a burner of bridges (the typical plan b resource). Yet recently, I heard Peter Shankman (founder of HARO – Help A Reporter Out) speak […]

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What Were the Key Take-Aways From Ed Tate?

Curious to know what some of the important points of Ed Tate’s Storytelling Workshop were?  We asked the attendees to provide their one key take-away, and you’ll be amazed at the different schools of thought and lessons.  These by no means define or represent all that we learned, but the lessons were valuable to everyone […]

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Reduce Handout Hassles Before They Happen

You’re a professional speaker and you’ll always provide some sort of take-away for your audience when you present content.  Most often your take-away will be handouts distributed for your audience to follow and notate as you discuss particular points. When you’re on top of your game and fully prepared well in advance you’ll have your […]

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