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The Qualities of Top Business Speakers

Pivotal Public Speaking

Business speakers are speakers whose target audience is business professionals. Their primary role is to motivate and inform people in business. The demand for business speakers is high. Even with the high demand for business speakers, this is a role not just any speaker can fill. A business speaker must have experience and solid expertise in the field. What are the qualities of a good Business Speaker?

Great Contemporary Business Speakers – 9: Marcus Buckingham

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

No top-ten list of great contemporary business speakers would be complete without Marcus Buckingham.   Marcus is a phenomenon – a polished speaker able to project a poised, conversational, comfortable demeanor on small screens and in big halls, and a bestselling author several times over.

Great Contemporary Business Speakers – 4: Seth Godin

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

No list of great contemporary business speakers would be complete without Seth Godin.     As a speaker, Seth has the persona of an approachable, down-to-earth academic, very smart and savvy.   Many blogs, and speakers, could benefit from Godin’s economy, simplicity, and style.   You can see him here, talking about marketing to Google a few years ago: [link].

Great contemporary business speakers - 1: Tim Sanders

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

This is the first blog in a series about great contemporary business speakers.     I’m starting with a certifiable rock star of the business speaking circuit:   Tim Sanders.   Tim’s the author of two very successful previous books:   Love is the Killer App , and The Likeability Factor , and he’s an amazing speaker with tons of energy, enthusiasm, and, well, likeability.     What makes Tim a good speaker?

Kick It Into High Gear This Summer

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We’ll be taking new registrations for the next session of 8 Weeks to Business Acceleration until Monday, August 3rd. ctt title=”#Speakers accelerate & position […]. Events Speaker Marketing Speaking Business Strategy accelarate business speakers speaking business

Great Contemporary Business Speakers - 5: Guy Kawasaki

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Guy Kawasaki epitomizes Silicon Valley cool – he’s a former Apple employee, now a venture capitalist.   He’s written books on entrepreneurship that eschew grand theories in favor of practical advice:   The Art of the Start ( [link] ) and Reality Check ( [link] ).   I recommend both highly if you’re an entrepreneur or you have those cravings.

Great contemporary business speakers - 3: Susan Ershler

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  If you’re a speaker, you don’t get to be as good as Susan until and unless you put in the hours and rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Few of us have climbed a mountain or won a top sales prize, so those that have done so are worth paying attention to for what they have to say.   Fewer still have climbed a really big mountain, like, say, McKinley, or won a President’s Club award – the kind that go out to the very best salespeople.

Great contemporary business speakers - 2: Jim Collins

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  He’s a brilliant, charismatic speaker, because he embodies the 2 secrets of charisma:   focus and passion. Jim Collins, author most famously of Good to Great and Built to Last , doesn’t speak in public all that often, but when he does, he’s worth hearing.   Most people think that charisma is something that’s innate, something you’re born with, as if there were charismatic babies.     Well, guess what?   All babies are charismatic.

Great Contemporary Business Speakers – 6: David Meerman Scott

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

For my sixth pick of great contemporary business speakers, I’m going with David Meerman Scott.   His previous book, The New Rules of PR and Marketing continues to be a bestseller and it was that book that first propelled David onto the national and international stage as a speaker on a ‘must-have’ subject, the new social media and viral marketing.   You can check him out at:   [link].

The Economy’s Mood Swings

Speaker Launcher

In the case of the economy and our speaking business, the pendulum still applies. See you soon Wealthy Speakers! Most Recent Post Economy Speaking Business Speaker BookingsThe pendulum idea applies to nearly everything in life.

How to Capitalize on Your Uniqueness to Ensure Repeat Business

Pivotal Public Speaking

Are you experiencing repeat and referral business time after time? Life-changing, transformational speakers are those who are captivatingly authentic. Tags: public speaking public speaking business speakers speaking speaking career with Glenna Salsbury, CSP, CPAE.

9 Action Steps to Attract Bureaus With Resources You Can Use For Immediate Result

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A bureau’s first responsibility is to satisfy its clients — organizations who hire speakers. They want to place speakers who are: &# The easiest to book. Meaning… they’re famous, they get rave reviews, they don’t require much publicity, their presence as a keynote speaker at an event will increase attendance, etc. &# Exclusive with them. All other things being equal, why not place the higher fee speaker? &# Dependable.

Creating Distinction in the Speaking Industry:How to Make the Marketplace Irrelevant

Pivotal Public Speaking

What if you could find a way to make the fluctuations in the economy have a less-than-significant impact on your speaking business? What does it take to differentiate yourself, so you become a “movie star” of speakers, rather than merely one of the pack? with Scott McKain, CSP, CPAE.

3 Conversations You Must Have to Get Big-Fee Speaking Engagements

Pivotal Public Speaking

What happens: You get an incoming call from someone who needs a speaker. You can just see all the spin-off business – and then reality hits. Either the prospect goes silent or after chasing them for several weeks, you learn another speaker was chosen. What’s going on: The person you talked to was assigned to find a speaker but wasn’t told the budget. They begin the conversation with, “We are not looking for a speaker.

In praise of Brian Jenner & the UK Speechwriters' Guild

Max Atkinson

An added bonus this year was a Strictly Come Dancing style UK Business Speaker of the Year Award on the eve of the conference. I've often said that professional speechwriting is a bit like robbing banks. It's a job that's done in isolated secrecy. You can't boast about your successes.

Can you inspire an audience with a negative message?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Can a speaker inspire an audience with a negative message?    The short answer is ‘no’, but of course you’re thinking about politicians – just to take a particularly blatant example – who appear to inspire their followers with all sorts of negative messages, so you’re thinking, ‘certainly a speaker can!’    If we know we have a problem already, we want to hear that you (as a speaker-leader) understand it. 

Being Open Is Risky Business - But the Alternative Is Riskier

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  They may pace nervously -- the familiar 'happy feet' of some speakers.    They may cross their arms, hide their hands behind their backs, or keep their arms firmly fixed to their sides, only waving their forearms, in a characteristic gesture of many business speakers that I call the 'Penguin flap'   All of these gestures, and others besides, signal nervousness to the audience. 

Power Point and the Triangle of Death - A Rant

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  The whole idea was that the speaker would talk for a while, and then occasionally show a slide that illustrated a point with a picture or a striking image, or made a set of numbers clear with a bar graph or a pie chart.    They became speaker outlines.    Now we watch in horrified fascination as a speaker plods through every word on slide after slide with 20 lines or more of text on them. 

Toastmasters - Style over substance

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

But it is the wrong fit for business. And the motivation for many to join Toastmasters is to become more successful in business. One was focused on an obscure island whose history the speaker covered over centuries. In business, you can't be boring.

Steve Jobs, One of Today’s Great Presenters, Steps Down from the Main Stage

DeFinis Communications

Anyone in the public speaking business has likely paused at the news that Steve Jobs has resigned from the iconic Apple Computer. Jobs has consistently been one of the most powerful and best role models for business speakers in high tech.

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What to Say When.You’re Dying on the Platform

Pivotal Public Speaking

What to Say When.You’re Dying on the Platform: A Complete Resource for Speakers, Trainers, and Executives. by Lily Walters.

What to Say When.You’re Dying on the Platform

Pivotal Public Speaking

What to Say When.You’re Dying on the Platform: A Complete Resource for Speakers, Trainers, and Executives. by Lily Walters.

Test Humor for Introductions

Great Public Speaking

This concept is called "in fun" (see Wake' em Up Business Presentations for a complete explanation.) is one of the greatest speakers ever and that's just not my opinion, it's his/hers too. is one of the greatest business speakers alive today.Of Test humor is humor that is placed in your written introduction. It is to be read by your introducer, not by you. Pick a couple of these lines and stick with them.

Professional Speaker

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Professional Speaker - George Torok George Torok is a professional business speaker that specializes in personal marketing and presentation skills. This is a speaker that you have to see and hear soon. Your business future could depend on it.

Current Speakers and their Books – X: Bishop T. D. Jakes

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

I’m closing out my series on current speakers and their books with another counter-intuitive choice:  Bishop T.   What can business speakers learn from this powerful preacher?    It’s a lesson that many a business speaker needs to learn.    Two great lessons from the Bishop that all business speakers would do well to remember – and make their own. 

Holiday shopping for the speakers on your list

Speak Schmeak

Once again, Andrew Dlugan at Six Minutes has posted an excellent list of gifts for speakers. You should find excellent gifts in all price ranges on both our lists, whether for the seasoned pro or for the busy speaker-around-the-office. (My

Boardroom Presentations

Executive Speech Coach

Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com. boardroom presentation skills presentation skills coaching business presentations

UK Business Communicator of the Year, 2013

Max Atkinson

We have launched a prize to be awarded to an outstanding figure in the business world who speaks well. This is the fourth year that judges from the UK Speechwriters’ Guild have selected the Business Communicator of the Year. He uses self-deprecating humour to talk about business.

Great Contemporary Business Speakers-10: Sir Ken Robinson

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  My final entry in this top ten list of great contemporary business speakers is a sentimental favorite:   Sir Ken Robinson.   Robinson is passionately devoted to spreading creativity around, first in education, and then in the rest of human endeavor.   I’m wholeheartedly with him on this project; it’s a life-long cause of mine too.

The Top 4 Tips for Promoting Yourself As a Professional Speaker

Pivotal Public Speaking

Promoting yourself as a professional speaker is not like promoting any other product because what you are really marketing is yourself. That fact alone should shift your perspective as you consider the best ways to market your business. Here are some things to consider as you begin to promote yourself as a professional speaker. #1 Similarly, if you want to be a business speaker, it is critical that you have a solid understanding of the world of business.

Speaker Net News

Executive Speech Coach

Speaker Net News SpeakerNet News is a free weekly email newsletter sent each Friday to more than 8,500 professional speakers, consultants, trainers, and authors. If that description fits you then be sure to register for this free newsletter written by professional speakers for professional speakers. Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com.

PowerPoint Presentation can be fun

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tags: presentation design ) See the other entries in the contest at SlideShare.net George Torok Motivational Business Speaker Presentation Skills Coach Executive Speech Coach, Business presentation tips from George Torok, the Speech Coach for Executives. Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com. presentations tips business presentations PowerPoint presentation coach

Holiday shopping for the speakers on your list

Speak Schmeak

Once again, Andrew Dlugan at Six Minutes has posted an excellent list of gifts for speakers. You should find excellent gifts in all price ranges on both our lists, whether for the seasoned pro or for the busy speaker-around-the-office. (My Download audio here.

Basic Principles of Nonverbal Communications – 8

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  So instead of focusing on the gestures themselves, to look natural as a speaker, focus on the underlying intent or emotion that you’re trying to convey.   Many business speakers run into problems here because they believe – erroneously – that emotions should be kept out of business and speaking about business.   To the contrary, any business speaker with charisma expresses emotions clearly and forcefully.

Tim Gard Professional Speaker

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Tim Gard - professional speaker If you want to be a better speaker, watch and learn from other speakers - political, business and profesional. Tim Gard is a professional speaker.

8 Presentation Flaws that Steal Your Money

Executive Speech Coach

Read the rest of "8 Presentation Flaws that Steal Your Money" Find more Presentation Skills Articles George Torok Toronto Presentation Skills Coaching Toronto Business Speaker Executive Speech Coach, Business presentation tips from George Torok, the Speech Coach for Executives. Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com.

Presentation Quotes from Walt Disney

Executive Speech Coach

Walt Disney certainly was a powerful and inspirational business and community leader. Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com. story telling quotations business presentations public speaking

Pardon My French

Executive Speech Coach

Pardon my French My good friend and fellow professional speaker, Marc Andre Morel , delivers a speech with the title, “ Pardon my French ”. English speakers sometimes use the phrase, “Pardon my French” when they use crude or rude language. I wish that they would see how silly this concern is because most natural born English speakers are less than perfect English presenters. As an English speaker all my life and with a university education I still make English errors.

How good a speaker is Eric Schmidt?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  But how good a speaker is he?   Eric’s a highly self-assured and competent speaker.   But overall, he’s quite comfortable with his speaking, and that’s unusual for a business speaker. As CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt needs little introduction.   And before his current world-shaking job, he was CTO of Sun Microsystems, where he led Java development, and CEO of Novell.

Business Audience Booking - Best of Speaking Pro Central - September 2009

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