Want to Get Booked to Speak? Answer Five Questions Correctly to Dramatically Increase Your Odds!

Succeed Speaking

Having assisted thousands of meeting planners and working with many of the world’s best speakers since 1999, I believe it comes down to how effectively you answer FIVE questions that every prospective client is asking. It’s no secret that there are LOTS of “professional” speakers — at least 10,000 or more — bidding for speaking engagements these days. How do you stand out from the crowd?

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How to kick the habit of too many filler words…and why you must!

Kate's Voice

In fact, “so” appeared on the annual Lake Superior State University list of banished words as long ago as 1999. So, I ‘m going to pick on the word “so.” So, it’s so common at the beginning of sentences that it doesn’t mean anything anymore. So, blogger Terry Odell writes of a software for [.]. communication vocal delivery vocal power delivery postaweek2011 public speaking tips

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Trending Sources

10 Storytelling tips from Billy Wilder

Presentation Zen

In a 1999 interview with NPR , filmmaker Cameron Crowe talks about his admiration for Wilder''s work. In 1999 Crowe wrote a book called Conversations with Wilder where the legendary and elusive Billy Wilder talks extensively about his life and work.

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March Madness and the World Championship of Public Speaking

Speak and Deliver

Craig Valentine, 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking Winning the championship of public speaking, much like winning any contest, takes a unique combination of talent, performance, and plain old luck.

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St. Paul's, Concord, NH - Elite Prep School Brand Gets Hit 2nd Time

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The sexual abuse took place between  1952 and 1999. First it was the sensational, at least in the media, sexual assault trial against St. Paul's senior Owen Labrie. His caper had been called The Senior Salute.

Emotional authenticity: The Key to Greater Sales Success

SpeakerSue Says...

Here is what the blurb says for his 1999 book called: High Tech, High Touch : “In a High Tech world with an increasing search for balance, High Touch will be the key to differentiate products and services. I’ve been meaning to start blogging again, with the promise of staying consistently consistent, and reading MPI’s “future of the meetings industry” forced me into it.

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Happy Birthday Mr. President! With Love from Texas for Nelson Mandela

Speaking Freely

He is a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary who served as the first black President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. Today Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela celebrates his 95th birthday.

2 Keynote Home Study Courses: Books 37 & 38 of 52 in 52

Speak and Deliver

I had access to two keynote creation ''home study courses'' this year, one by 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking Craig Valentine, another by 2001 WCPS Darren LaCroix and CSP, CPAE, and speaking legend Patricia Fripp.

Rhetorical Devices: Epanalepsis

Manner of Speaking

Denzel Washington in The Hurricane (1999). This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device : Epanalepsis. Origin : From the Greek ?????????? epanalipsis), meaning “repetition” or “resumption” In plain English: Repeating the initial word or words of a sentence or clause at the end of that same sentence or clause. Effect: Repetition of the words draws attention to them.

Throw Out Your Sales Pitch and Win More Business

Beyond Bullet Points

If you still have slides with headlines that read “About Us,” “Our Capabilities” and “Our Team,” it’s time to send those back to 1999 where they belong.

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Foundational Phrases: Are They All They're Cracked Up To Be?

Speak and Deliver

It''s Craig Valentine, 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking, who crystallized this concept for me over the last decade, referring to this concept as the ''Foundational Phrase'' - a phrase on which your story and/or speech is built upon.

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7 little-known facts about the teleprompter

The Eloquent Woman

An Emmy was awarded for the invention in 1999. In the New York Times obituary for teleprompter inventor Hubert J. Schlafly, Jr., speakers can learn a lot about the device that has helped so many speakers--famous and ordinary--address audiences without looking down.

Toastmasters Friday: What Makes A Champion? - Guest Post by Sharookh Daroowala

Speak and Deliver

Craig Valentine (1999) grew up with a pronounced lisp and is one of the world’s top speech coaches today. In the first of what should be many guest blog posts in 2016, Sharookh Daroowala Gives us both a formula for the international speech contest and an analysis of last year's event.

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I Owe it All to Toastmasters

Speak and Deliver

Or to become a leader - but they didn''t really care about that in 1995, or 1999. I owe it all to Toastmasters. The first time I heard the word ''Toastmasters'' was in debate class in the 10th grade.

Famous Speech Friday: Christine Lagarde at the Global Women’s Forum

The Eloquent Woman

First woman head of Baker & McKenzie in Chicago, back in 1999.

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Rhetorical Devices: Anadiplosis

Manner of Speaking

” — Yoda in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999). This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device : Anadiplosis. Origin : From the Greek ??????????? anathiplosis), meaning “doubling” or “folding” In plain English: Beginning a sentence or clause by repeating the last word or words of the previous sentence or clause.

Famous Speech Friday: Monica Lewinsky at TED 2015

The Eloquent Woman

And in truth, this is just a new version of Lewinsky "breaking her silence" since the 1998 scandal broke: In 1999, she did a three-hour interview with Barbara Walters. "You''re looking at a woman who was publicly silent for a decade. Obviously, that''s changed, but only recently."

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Famous Speech Friday: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's SB1062 veto

The Eloquent Woman

In February, the Arizona legislature passed the controversial SB 1062 bill, an expansion of a 1999 Arizona law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Analysis of a Speech by Elif ?afak

Manner of Speaking

Stories about her childhood; her spiritual, somewhat mystical grandmother; the genesis of her writing career; her international schooling experience; the 1999 earthquake in Istanbul; being put on trial for one of her novels; and more. Elif ?afak afak (pronounced “Shafak&# ) is an award-winning Turkish novelist and the most widely read woman writer in Turkey. Writing in both Turkish and English, she has published nine books, seven of which are novels. ?afak’s

Persistence is Key - build a following like Muse did

Dahle Communication

Luckily in 1999, I had the chance to work at a college radio station - KSDJ at South Dakota State University - and had to opportunity to find some new music. In 1999, Muse was a little known band that didn't get a lot of radio play. via muse.mu.

How else will mobile phones ruin your life?

More than PowerPoint...

I’ve owned a cell phone since 1999. I even had a bag phone circa 1995. Over 80% of American adults now use some kind of mobile phone. In my experience, I see cell phones as a tool that helps us avoid making plans and sticking to them. Cell phones give people an excuse to be late.

Famous Speech Friday: Queen Noor's 1996 Kennedy Center speech

The Eloquent Woman

Even after her husband King Hussein''s death in 1999, her international portfolio has included work on behalf of anti-landmine and anti-nuclear weapons organizations and the United World Colleges.

GropeGate - Et tu, Clarence?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On Abovethelaw, lawyer-journalist Kathryn Rubino reports that back in 1999, attorney Moira Smith contends she was groped by current SCOTUS Justice Thomas.

The truth about visualization for public speaking success

Speaking about Presenting

2, 250-260 (1999). Many people think that this type of visualization can help you not only speak better but also help reduce your fear of public speaking.

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Taming Capitalism - Bill Ford's Approach at the Family Business

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

   That was February 1999. Just as William Clay Ford Jr. was taking over leadership of the family business, the    Rouge River facility exploded.  Of course, the lawyers told him to do X and Y and not Z.

35 Questions Mitt Romney Must Answer About Bain Capital Before The Issue Can Go Away

TJ Walker Interactive

1999 I left Bain capital and all management responsibility” and “I had no ongoing activity or involvement.” Surely someone from Bain occasionally called you up and asked your opinion about something work related from 1999 to 2002. On July 19, 1999, a news release about the resignation of two Bain Capital managing directors describes you as CEO and “currently on a part-time leave of absence to head the Salt Lake City Olympic Committee.”

Suicide Meme - Is it contagious?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that during the span 1999 to 2014 suicide increased 24%. Everyone seems to know not just one but several people who have committed suicide. That meme of checking out may be contagious.

"The Blair Witch Project" Heather Donahue: When the cheering stopped

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In 1999, the cult classic film "The Blair Witch Project" became embedded in the American consciousness.    So many of us wondered if we also could, through our arrogance, get ourselves into a similar fatal situation. 

What does a 147 word sentence sound like?

Max Atkinson

Tradition and Politics, 1999, p.111). Looking for suitable video clips for a presentation at the UK Speechwriters' Guild conference on ' We do, do God ' later this week took me back to the Archbishop of Canterbury's lecture on Sharia law three years ago. Although it aroused a great deal of media interest and controversy at the time, I very much doubt whether many of the commentators managed to read or watch all the way through - both of which you can have a go at doing below.

Robert Bork: GAWKER's John Cook crosses some lines, but which ones

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Back in 1999, Yale law professor Stephen L. Robert Bork, who the U.S. Senate turned down as a U.S. Supreme Court nominee, died at the age of 85.    What has the media and public buzzing is not that. 

In-Debt Lawyers: You Better Get Clever About Politics

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  As political consultant Dick Morris predicted in his 1999 book "Vote.com," the middleman organizations and individuals will be cut out of the influence-power game. Who in Washington D.C. cares what the American Bar Association thinks, supports, even pushes?   No One.    That's the old story of influence and power lost.      You can hang around, huff and puff all you want and nothing is going to happen. 

Mickey D - Web 3.0, w or w/o fries

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In 1999, political consultant Dick Morris predicted in his book "Vote.com" this breaking open of the media to the people.  Web 3.0 will be happening at Mickey D, and it's w or w/o fries.    The company announced that all of its fast-food restaurants will have free WiFi, no time limit, in 2010.    It used to charge a few bucks for a few hours and just at some of its stores.

Now Cred: Eckhart Tolle Won

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Spiritual advisor Eckhart Tolle was ahead of his time in 1999 when he published "The Power of Now."  Ambition, planning, pedigree, success formulas from the past, belief in hard work - all that is so old-economy.  "  The realities of that ideology have evolved into the mindset of the new ruling class.    Think Steve Jobs,  Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Jim Collins, and Michael Wolff. 

AOL, Huffington: Unpaid Bloggers File Class-Action Suit

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  As Jeff Bercovici explains in FORBES : "In 1999, two volunteers who served as moderators under its "Community Leader" program sued [AOL], saying they were essentially being used as workers in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act."

First Black Woman CEO: Ursula Burns

DeFinis Communications

Avon ( AVP ) CEO Andrea Jung became the first non-white woman to lead a major company in 1999. Today, July 1 st , is an auspicious day for corporate America.

Before Buddhism Became Cool, Wicca Was In

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  I have been studying Buddhism since 1999. They have many names, ranging from religions to spiritual programs to philosophies.    For example, there are arguments if Wicca, or white witchcraft, is a kind of religion.    It was the site of experimentation by spiritual seekers before Buddhism became cool.    Buddhists tend to reject their program for living being referred to as a religion.

A Better Public Speaking Website: Should I Have My Own Domain Name?

Great Public Speaking

million way back in 1999. A very commonly asked question is "Should I have my own domain name?" A domain name, by the way, is like "antion.com." You don't want to get something like "freewebsites.com/ImTooCheapToGetMyOwnDomainName/joeblow.htm" even though it's free. All your promotional efforts will be wasted if the free website company makes some small change. People won't be able to find your site anymore.

Miep Gies: A quiet voice that spoke out

The Eloquent Woman

Photos of Gies in 1999, right, and with her husband Jan Gies, on their wedding day in 1941, left, courtesy of the Anne Frank House.). Miep Gies, the woman who was the last surviving protector of Anne Frank and her family, died this week at age 100. She's the person who discovered Frank's diary after the Nazis raided their hiding place and took them to concentration camps.

Unsealing of Clergy Sex Abuse Documents: Egan's Agony in the Garden

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Associated Press writer John Christoffersen reports, for example: "'These things happen in such small numbers,' Egan said in a 1999 deposition.  Yesterday, just at the Connecticut Superior Court in Waterbury ordered, the discovery documents from the clergy sex abuse lawsuits in the Diocese of Bridgeport were unsealed.

Interpersonal time

The Communication Blog

and Andersen and Bowman (1999) who consider waiting-time , talk-time , and work-time in their discussion of time and its relationship to power. 1999). Most nonverbal communication textbooks talk about time under three main headings: psychological time , referring to one’s orientation to past, present, or future. biological time , referring to one’s body rhythms as well as preferences for early or late in the day activities.