Who's the boss? You are!

Speak Schmeak

These two questionnaires form the bulk of information I receive about a speaking engagement. I also speak in person with the organizer, and some speakers will contact individuals by phone or e-mail to get more personalized information.

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when the speech hands you lemons.

The Eloquent Woman

And here’s what happened: What sounds like a speaking disaster turned out to be a great speaking experience, for me and for the audience. If push came to shove, I could speak without the slides. I’m always coaching speakers to plan ahead, then be ready for anything on the ground.

Week 11: Working with program managers

The Eloquent Woman

If you're serious about public speaking, at some point you'll be working with a program manager--the person who arranges events and speakers--to get yourself on a program. Stephanie's a beginning speaker who needs to establish herself with the people who can invite her to speak, but every speaker needs a working relationship with program managers to ensure the success of a talk or presentation. Want to get speaking invitations? May I see that information before I speak?

Public Speaking: Bilingual Help

Great Public Speaking

When going over room setup and audio / visual requirements with a foreign logistics person, make sure you do it in advance of the presentation (hopefully several times), and have a bilingual person there to ensure that both you and the logistics person are on the same wavelength.

Public Speaking: Bilingual Help

Great Public Speaking

When going over room setup and audio / visual requirements with a foreign logistics person, make sure you do it in advance of the presentation (hopefully several times), and have a bilingual person there to ensure that both you and the logistics person are on the same wavelength.

Public Speaking: Caricature, Cartoons and Comic Strips

Great Public Speaking

Describing a cartoon is an easy method for using cartoons without having them physically available or needing audio/visual equipment to show them. This is especially true in international audiences where the visual aspect takes on a greater significance.

when you're a frequent speaker

The Eloquent Woman

I've got a full slate of speaking engagements , already in motion, between mid-April and late May--and all over the U.S., Plan on extra time to rest and sleep; exercise; and some activity that involves no speaking. If you're where I'll be speaking this month, let me know!