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Posted: February 23, 2018

The subject you are speaking on DOESN'T matter

The subject you are speaking on DOESN’T matter

If you are an expert on retirement planning, and I don’t have any interest in that subject, it doesn’t matter how well you present it.  I’m either not going to attend, or not going to pay attention.  However, if your talk is on how to ensure I get to travel extensively after I retire, I’m all in! (read more)

Posted: February 16, 2018

Case Study: I was teaching how, but I forgot to teach them why

Case Study: I was teaching how, but I forgot to teach them why

Do you remember sitting in algebra class and wondering where the teacher was going with some lecture?  Sometimes we get so focused on teaching that we forget to show people the bigger picture.

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Posted: February 9, 2018

What do I do if I have multiple things I want to talk about?

What do I do if I have multiple things I want to talk about?

I frequently have clients who want to include multiple topics within their allotted time.  I have struggled with this challenge myself!  The key to narrowing this down is to ask yourself the magic question:

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Posted: February 2, 2018

The 3 elements of an idea that makes it significant

The 3 elements of an idea that makes it significant

Dictionary.com defines significance as: importance, consequence or meaning.

So, in order for a talk to have significance, it must be rooted in some idea that has importance, consequence or meaning.  This idea is what I call the “Big Idea” Statement.  This statement MUST contain 3 elements that together describe the significance:

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Posted: January 26, 2018

The quickest way to frustrate an audience

The quickest way to frustrate an audience

Have you ever sat in a lecture and wondered, “What is he/she talking about?”, or “What am I supposed to do with this information?”  There is almost nothing more frustrating than not knowing where someone is going with their topic because we don’t know what’s important or what we are supposed to be remembering.

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Posted: January 19, 2018

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Case Study: He was a Recruiter trying to be a Teacher

Last year I worked with a client who had been asked to speak at a conference.  He is the owner of a company and was also going to have a booth in the exhibit hall.  (read more)

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Posted: January 12, 2018

How do I pick just one outcome when I have more than one?

How do I pick just one outcome when I have more than one?

Like all forced-choices, when we have to pick one, we imagine how we would feel if just one thing could be accomplished.  Which of the choices would make us the happiest?  Or would give us the greatest sense of accomplishment? (read more)

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Posted: January 5, 2018

How does knowing your desired outcome make you significant to your audience?

How does knowing your desired outcome make you significant to your audience?

This year I am writing about S.I.G.N.I.F.I.C.A.N.C.E.  Specifically, how can a speaker be significant.  Because isn’t that what we ultimately want?  Each month, look for my articles that will address one aspect of becoming significant.

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Posted: January 3, 2018

2018 Design Trends every speaker should know about

2018 Design Trends every speaker should know about

I’ve done the research, so you don’t have to.  When you design your slides for 2018k here are some things you might keep in mind:

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Posted: October 23, 2017

Should Professional Speakers Ever Use GIFs or MEMEs In A Presentation?

Should Professional Speakers Ever Use GIFs or MEMEs In A Presentation?

Linda Miles tells me that Zig Ziglar taught her that “you don’t have to use humor in your speech unless you want to be invited back.”  For those of us who struggle with telling funny stories, GIFs and MEMEs can give us just the boost we need to get our audiences laughing.

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