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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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Posted: March 16, 2018

Mary Fox: went from wanted to talk about her passion (Love) to talking about audience's need (helping clients)

TRUE STORY: This client had to reassess her topic

One of my favorite things about coaching clients on their content is hearing their passion about their topic.  This particular day I was talking with someone who was so excited about her shift from a scarcity mentality to one of abundance, and how her energy now came from a place of love.  This, she said, was what she wanted to talk about.

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Posted: March 9, 2018

Answer these 3 questions and your audience will love you!

Answer these 3 questions and your audience will love you!

Many times, speakers write their talks solely focused on what they think is important.  If we want to be SIGNIFICANT, we must walk a mile in our audience’s shoes.  In other words, think about the experience they will be having as they reflect on our talk.

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Posted: March 2, 2018

The key to significance is making a difference

The key to significance is making a difference

If you read my January blogs, you will remember my Speaker StylesSM and how knowing the outcome YOU want for your talk can help you achieve significance.

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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)

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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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