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Posted: June 15, 2018

Speakers: You Should Be a Fortune Teller!

Speakers: You should be a fortune teller!

Do you agree or disagree with this statement? “I ultimately want my audience to do something new as a result of my lecture.”

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Posted: June 8, 2018

Your mistakes may be the most significant thing you share

Your mistakes may be the most significant thing you share

When I wrote my book, Formulate A Winning Presentation, I interviewed 10 expert speakers. One of the questions I asked them was, “What do you wish you knew when you started that you know now?”. Every single one of them shared some mistake they had made, or a mistaken belief that held them back.

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Posted: May 25, 2018

Speakers: I Dare you to Cut your Content!

Speakers: I dare you to cut your content!

One of the most powerful moments as a coach is when I get the call after someone has sorted out all the notecards I have them make and they say, “WOW, it is so much clearer now!”

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Posted: May 18, 2018

Nothing you say will matter until you tell them why

Nothing you say will matter until you tell them why

Simon Sinek says that if you want people to take action, you must start with “why” before you get into the “how” and the “what”.

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Posted: May 11, 2018

What’s the secret to being influential from the podium?

What’s the secret to being influential from the podium?

Standing at the podium is a privilege. Truly! The people in our audience have given something of value to be there, be it their time, money, or things they said “no” to for your talk. They are hoping we will have some magical key that will improve their lives. In reality, the best we can hope for is to have some positive influence.

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Posted: May 4, 2018

3 Steps to making an impact with your lecture

3 Steps to making an impact with your lecture

Making an impact means helping an audience improve their skills, their approach or their life.  Some speakers think this means sharing EVERYTHING they know on a subject in the hopes that something will stick.

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Posted: April 27, 2018

The similarities between lectures and Chinese food

The similarities between lectures and Chinese food

Last month I spent 2 weeks in Xi’an China visiting my son.  It turns out that food in China is NOTHING like what we order here in the US!

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Posted: April 13, 2018

The 2 neuroscience keys for getting our content from the short-term to long-term memory

The 2 neuroscience keys for getting our content from the short-term to long-term memory

One of the brain’s primary jobs is to conserve energy.  As it scans the world, it quickly discards things that it has seen and catalogued before. The only time it “wakes up” to pay attention is when it encounters something new.  And then it’s assessing whether there is danger, reward, or neither.  This is the critical moment when we have a shot at the long-term memory center. (read more)

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Posted: April 6, 2018

You are only significant if your message sticks

You are only significant if your message sticks

It is a fact that your audience will not remember more than 10% of your talk.   That’s the bad news.

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Posted: March 23, 2018

You may have been asking the wrong question about your presentation!!

You may have been asking the wrong question about your presentation!!

Most speakers think long and hard about this question:

How can I teach what I know? (read more)

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