Why You Should Never Be Late for a Speaking Engagement

Manner of Speaking

In fact, I had the honour of being the very first person to go to him for confession … The moral of the story: Never be late for a speaking engagement! The humorous story below is a slightly modified version of a joke forwarded to me by one of my contacts on LinkedIn, Daniel Bernstein. Thanks, Daniel! All public speakers should appreciate the humour. And, as is often the case, wrapped inside the humour is an important lesson.

Positioning Yourself For More Speaking Engagements

Pivotal Public Speaking

With all due respect, love and admiration, why do you, some of our planet’s best teachers (professional speakers) think that all you have to do is throw up a website to get invitations to speak? If you’re excited about building your speaking business, this is one of the most important articles you’ll read. These steps are based on my experiences in booking more than 2,200 paid engagements. A DVD of you in action, speaking.

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The audience doesn't need to know

Speak Schmeak

One thing I've learned over my many years of speaking and before that, performing: The show must go on ! Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Speaking Engagements Yesterday I gave a two-hour workshop after only two hours of sleep. I'm sure you know the feeling. lying in bed hour after hour, getting more and more frustrated and panicked as the time you have to get up approaches. I finally got up at 6:15 for my 8:15 workshop, feeling crummy, but off I went.

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Save the date for my April 6 webinar

Speak Schmeak

The webinar is "Sell Yourself, Not Your Stuff: Promote Your Business Through Public Speaking," and it's all about presenting on your business without sounding like a commercial. Tags: News The Business of Speaking Speaking Engagements I've been invited by the World Tea Expo to present a webinar on Tuesday, April 6, and lucky for you, the webinar is not just open to tea people, it's open to everyone!

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Just when you think you're prepared.

Speak Schmeak

Tags: Pet Peeves The Business of Speaking Speaking Engagements

Presenting in the dark. Literally.

Speak Schmeak

Every time I give a presentation or attend one, I secretly hope there's some sort of incident or issue that arises for me to write about here on Speak Schmeak. They were engaged, they asked questions, they contributed Twitter tips, and all the while sitting and standing in the dark. Tags: Technology Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety The Business of Speaking Taking Risks Speaking Engagements

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Webinar reminder: Promote your business without sounding like a commercial

Speak Schmeak

How do you promote your business through public speaking -- without sounding like a commercial? News General Comments Speaking EngagementsSign up now ! Come to my webinar next Tuesday, April 6, at 10 a.m. pacific, and find out! Registration is just $29 -- this is a STEAL, peeps!

Only 4 days left to register for public speaking group coaching in Santa Barbara!

Speak Schmeak

A recent Wall Street Journal article highlighted successful entrepreneurs who discovered that improving their public speaking skills enabled them to gain more clients and grow their businesses. It makes sense that strong communication skills and being perceived as an expert in your field through speaking engagements would help to build your business. News General Comments Resources Speaking Engagements

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Only 4 days left to register for public speaking group coaching in Santa Barbara!

Speak Schmeak

A recent Wall Street Journal article highlighted successful entrepreneurs who discovered that improving their public speaking skills enabled them to gain more clients and grow their businesses. It makes sense that strong communication skills and being perceived as an expert in your field through speaking engagements would help to build your business. Tags: News General Comments Resources Speaking Engagements

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How are your observational skills?

Speak Schmeak

Observational humor is a well-known public speaking tool, where the speaker takes something that has happened or is happening in the room and spontaneously brings it into his presentation for a laugh. In my opening to the presentation, I asked two of my typical questions, one about how many people love or dread speaking, and the second about how they rank their skills as a speaker.

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Save the date for my April 6 webinar

Speak Schmeak

The webinar is "Sell Yourself, Not Your Stuff: Promote Your Business Through Public Speaking," and it's all about presenting on your business without sounding like a commercial. News The Business of Speaking Speaking EngagementsI've been invited by the World Tea Expo to present a webinar on Tuesday, April 6, and lucky for you, the webinar is not just open to tea people, it's open to everyone!

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Another challenging venue

Speak Schmeak

The pavilion has a state-of-the-art new projection and sound system and will be a great venue for large engagements. And thank you to ISES , for inviting me to speak at their meeting! Tags: The Business of Speaking Speaking Engagements I recently wrote about some oddly configured conference rooms I've presented in, and here's the latest interesting venue, from last night: This is the new event pavilion at the Ventura County Museum.

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My favorite compliment ever

Speak Schmeak

It was one of those times that I talk about here on Speak Schmeak a lot: When you get too comfortable and start resting on your laurels, something will go wrong. I am always a role model for speaking; there's no way around it. It humanized me, and it made public speaking seem attainable to her. I am all about making public speaking attainable for my audiences! They want engagement and connection, not perfection.

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Don't forget to check your room

Speak Schmeak

these are just a few of the hurdles you'll face when speaking. Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Speaking EngagementsI've experienced two odd conference room configurations in the last month, and I thought I would share them with you. When I'm booked for a training, I send the organizer a diagram with my preferred room setup.

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Another challenging venue

Speak Schmeak

The pavilion has a state-of-the-art new projection and sound system and will be a great venue for large engagements. And thank you to ISES , for inviting me to speak at their meeting! The Business of Speaking Speaking EngagementsI recently wrote about some oddly configured conference rooms I've presented in, and here's the latest interesting venue, from last night: This is the new event pavilion at the Ventura County Museum.

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Just when you think you're prepared.

Speak Schmeak

Pet Peeves The Business of Speaking Speaking EngagementsIt's been a long time since I had an outright disaster during a presentation. In fact, I don't think I've ever had one, unless I've completely blocked it out. More frequently, I'm chastising myself for minor mixups and negligence, "Why did you forget this?" Where did you put that?" Yesterday was no different.

The audience doesn't need to know

Speak Schmeak

One thing I've learned over my many years of speaking and before that, performing: The show must go on ! Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Speaking EngagementsYesterday I gave a two-hour workshop after only two hours of sleep. I'm sure you know the feeling. lying in bed hour after hour, getting more and more frustrated and panicked as the time you have to get up approaches. I finally got up at 6:15 for my 8:15 workshop, feeling crummy, but off I went.

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Scenes from a workshop

Speak Schmeak

The Business of Speaking Speaking EngagementsI enjoyed working with a great group of grad students on Friday at UCSB's Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. The half-day workshop was about how to present difficult or controversial topics to audiences who may be uninformed or hostile. I finally got around to writing myself a proper introduction for this training.

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My favorite compliment ever

Speak Schmeak

It was one of those times that I talk about here on Speak Schmeak a lot: When you get too comfortable and start resting on your laurels, something will go wrong. I am always a role model for speaking; there's no way around it. It humanized me, and it made public speaking seem attainable to her. I am all about making public speaking attainable for my audiences! They want engagement and connection, not perfection. Download audio here.

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How are your observational skills?

Speak Schmeak

Observational humor is a well-known public speaking tool, where the speaker takes something that has happened or is happening in the room and spontaneously brings it into his presentation for a laugh. In my opening to the presentation, I asked two of my typical questions, one about how many people love or dread speaking, and the second about how they rank their skills as a speaker. TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Athletes Speaking Engagements

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Presenting in the dark. Literally.

Speak Schmeak

Every time I give a presentation or attend one, I secretly hope there's some sort of incident or issue that arises for me to write about here on Speak Schmeak. They were engaged, they asked questions, they contributed Twitter tips, and all the while sitting and standing in the dark. Technology Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety The Business of Speaking Taking Risks Speaking EngagementsDownload audio here.

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Making a bad space better

Speak Schmeak

Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Speaking EngagementsDownload audio here. Over this past weekend I shared a booth at the Women's Festival at Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara. The main exhibit hall at the showgrounds is a large, circular building with concrete floors (originally designed to resemble a giant daisy with a 43' domed ceiling at the center).

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What’s Your Sentence?

Manner of Speaking

A few months ago, I reviewed Dan’s latest book , Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates us , and its applicability to public speaking. One of my regular speaking engagements is a course on public speaking and presentation skills for the Executive MBA Programme at the University of Lausanne. When it comes to motivation, creativity or the changing nature of work, one of my favourite authors is Daniel Pink.

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Interview: David Mariant - Bipolar Survivor

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

David is available for motivational and informative speaking engagements, keynotes, workshops and bipolar life coaching for individuals with bipolar and their families. Pro-Track Profile David is a member of the Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association Pro-Track class of 2010. Tags: Podcasts Public Speaking Bipolar David Mariant David Mariant is an author, speaker, life coach, and founder of The Bipolar Coach and Surviving Bipolar.

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Interview: David Mariant - Bipolar Survivor

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

David is available for motivational and informative speaking engagements, keynotes, workshops and bipolar life coaching for individuals with bipolar and their families. Pro-Track Profile David is a member of the Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association Pro-Track class of 2010. Tags: Podcasts Public Speaking Bipolar David Mariant David Mariant is an author, speaker, life coach, and founder of The Bipolar Coach and Surviving Bipolar.

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Interview: David Mariant - Bipolar Survivor

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

David is available for motivational and informative speaking engagements, keynotes, workshops and bipolar life coaching for individuals with bipolar and their families. Pro-Track Profile David is a member of the Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association Pro-Track class of 2010. Tags: Podcasts Public Speaking Bipolar David Mariant David Mariant is an author, speaker, life coach, and founder of The Bipolar Coach and Surviving Bipolar.

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Six customer service tips for speakers

Speak Schmeak

You may be under a lot of stress, because heck, preparing for a speaking engagement and giving a presentation can be stressful. What engaged you? Take a look at the most successful examples of good customer service and think about how you can apply them to your speaking engagements. Quick Fixes The Business of Speaking

The one thing you can do to be a better speaker.

Speak Schmeak

If you want to get more speaking engagements. Quick Fixes The Business of Speaking TwitterIf there's one thing that will make you a better speaker. If there's one thing that will make you a better networker (both online and in-person). If there's one thing that will make you a better businessperson, it's this: Show interest in others. It's a free gift of yourself, your time, your attention, that you give someone with no expectation of reciprocity or repayment.

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20% off all coaching services in October!

Speak Schmeak

So if you know you've got a speaking engagement coming up, but it's a little early to start working on it, go ahead and lock in your special rate now and I'll see you in January or April or so! Is T alktoberfest too corny of a name for a promotion to celebrate my fifth year in business ? I thought so. Regardless of how you feel about the name, you are invited to book any of my coaching services in October ( see this page ) at a 20% discount!

Who let my mom in? Or, Don't guess when you dress

Speak Schmeak

No, thank goodness, this experience didn't take place at a speaking engagement. I've coached one group where their CEO insisted they put on suits because they would be practicing public speaking and he wanted them to be fully in character. I'm pretty good at wearing the right thing to my speaking engagements. Now I just have to apply that skill to my social engagements. Tags: Quick Fixes The Business of Speaking

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October is half over, and so is my coaching special!

Speak Schmeak

Help me celebrate my fifth anniversary of my public speaking coaching business, and take advantage of this special before it's too late! So if you know you've got a speaking engagement coming up, but it's a little early to start working on it, go ahead and lock in your special rate now and I'll see you in January or April or so! Just 13 days left to get 20% off all my coaching services this month!

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9 ways to act like a pro, even if you're not

Speak Schmeak

If you want to get speaking engagements to promote your business, for example, you are more likely to be invited if you have a professional presence. Before the engagement 1. Post your photo on your website People who will ask you to speak want to get to know you a little. In order to make your presentation as effective as it can be for you and for the audience, you must speak up and let the organizer know what you need. At the engagement 5.

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8 tips for assertive communication

Speak Schmeak

As a speaker, assertiveness comes in handy when negotiating the details of your speaking engagements, when requesting your room to be set up a certain way, when dealing with challenging audience members, when standing up for your ideas in a meeting, and when responding to requests or client projects that are not a good fit for you. Tags: Public Speaking Anxiety The Business of Speaking Research Taking Risks Communication

16 Lessons from Dr Ali Backer

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Brevity – 2 pages (both speaking and writing). How to Triple Your Back of the Room Book Sales Every Time You Do a Public Speaking Engagement Guest post by Tom Antion I’m darn good at selling. Ali Bacher and ,me. Dr Ali Bacher spoke at our Toastmasters conference in May. Here are a few lessons from him. Return correspondence within 24 hours. Workplace structures are meaningless (my version is that titles are meaningless).

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October is half over, and so is my coaching special!

Speak Schmeak

Help me celebrate my fifth anniversary of my public speaking coaching business, and take advantage of this special before it's too late! So if you know you've got a speaking engagement coming up, but it's a little early to start working on it, go ahead and lock in your special rate now and I'll see you in January or April or so! Just 13 days left to get 20% off all my coaching services this month!

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Five iPhone Apps for Public Speakers (guest post)

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Many people are afraid of speaking in public or have trouble doing so effectively. is designed to improve your public speaking abilities. Public Speaking Hypnosis. If the thought of public speaking makes you start sweating, try the “Public Speaking Hypnosis&# application ($0.99). Public speaking is your opportunity to present yourself with confidence and professionalism. A guest post by Louise Baker.

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Six customer service tips for speakers

Speak Schmeak

You may be under a lot of stress, because heck, preparing for a speaking engagement and giving a presentation can be stressful. What engaged you? Take a look at the most successful examples of good customer service and think about how you can apply them to your speaking engagements. Quick Fixes The Business of Speaking

8 tips on how to be a blogging machine

Speak Schmeak

That year of consistent writing is what I believe propelled me from just having a link on the front page of Google to becoming #1 on Google for "public speaking coach." Use guest bloggers when necessary Don't get me wrong; I want the voice of Speak Schmeak to be mine. During the period of my worst anxiety last year, I still had speaking engagements and clients I had to see. Tags: Not About Speaking General Comments Resources

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Physical comfort is overrated

Speak Schmeak

If you're in a lackadaisical comfort haze, you can't be engaged in the world the way you need to be." A client mentioned the other day that she had watched video of herself after one of her few speaking engagements. I don't wear clogs or Tevas to speaking engagements. I recently came across an excerpt from Tim Gunn's book, Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work , and was struck by number 3: " 3.

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Customers don't always enter through the front door

Speak Schmeak

In fact, you are onstage when someone is browsing your website to determine if they want to invite you to speak! Do you wash your car before a speaking engagement? When you get in front of your audience to speak, you should have already made positive first, second, third and fourth impressions. I've been enjoying the recent upgrades to La Cumbre Plaza , Santa Barbara's oldest shopping mall (or "outdoor lifestyle center," if you like), which opened in 1967.

8 tips for assertive communication

Speak Schmeak

As a speaker, assertiveness comes in handy when negotiating the details of your speaking engagements, when requesting your room to be set up a certain way, when dealing with challenging audience members, when standing up for your ideas in a meeting, and when responding to requests or client projects that are not a good fit for you. Public Speaking Anxiety The Business of Speaking Research Taking Risks Communication

9 ways to act like a pro, even if you're not

Speak Schmeak

If you want to get speaking engagements to promote your business, for example, you are more likely to be invited if you have a professional presence. Before the engagement 1. Post your photo on your website People who will ask you to speak want to get to know you a little. In order to make your presentation as effective as it can be for you and for the audience, you must speak up and let the organizer know what you need. At the engagement 5.

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Confessions of a Public Speaker – review

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

When I received a copy, my initial reaction was that it was yet another publich speaking guide. How to introduce a speaker The other day I head a speaker being introduced, Book Review – Speak Up! Speak Up! How to Triple Your Back of the Room Book Sales Every Time You Do a Public Speaking Engagement Guest post by Tom Antion I’m darn good at selling. Tags: Books Communication Speaking book review Confessions of a Public Speaker, by Scott Burken.

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