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

Speak Schmeak

It's a free gift of yourself, your time, your attention, that you give someone with no expectation of reciprocity or repayment. If your product is a square peg and your client is a round hole, no matter how hard you push or insist, there will not be a good fit.

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Don't distract: Contract!

Speak Schmeak

But speaking entirely without contractions sounds unnatural and will certainly peg you as reading straight from a script, in addition to becoming a distraction for the audience.

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Don't let the confidence-suckers get you down

Speak Schmeak

So if friends and family have knocked them down a peg, it's not like their performance is going to suffer as it might if they were being asked to put on a show themselves. We are not hoping for or expecting prizes for what we do.

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From the vault: 7 times to turn down a speaking gig

The Eloquent Woman

I've had a few speaking invitations pegged to a specific topic, then found out it had changed after I accepted--without hearing directly from the organizers.

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

Speak Schmeak

It's a free gift of yourself, your time, your attention, that you give someone with no expectation of reciprocity or repayment. If your product is a square peg and your client is a round hole, no matter how hard you push or insist, there will not be a good fit.