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

Speak Schmeak

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. Your client will look elsewhere until they find the round peg. Are you one of those people on Twitter who thinks you're doing a public service by constantly promoting yourself, your tips, your product, but never has a real conversation with anyone? If there's one thing that will make you a better speaker.

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

Speak Schmeak

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. Your client will look elsewhere until they find the round peg. Are you one of those people on Twitter who thinks you're doing a public service by constantly promoting yourself, your tips, your product, but never has a real conversation with anyone? If there's one thing that will make you a better speaker.

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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 in the trenches, aiming to persuade colleagues and coworkers, trying to sell products, promoting a cause, teaching students, or giving important information someone needs to do a job or improve their life. At the Emmys last night, there was a similar thread running through several of the winners' speeches.

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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 in the trenches, aiming to persuade colleagues and coworkers, trying to sell products, promoting a cause, teaching students, or giving important information someone needs to do a job or improve their life. At the Emmys last night, there was a similar thread running through several of the winners' speeches.

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7 times you should turn down a speaking gig

The Eloquent Woman

It might seem counterproductive to turn down speaking requests--after all, they give you a chance to promote yourself, your cause, your company or your career. 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. But in these cases, I'd advise you to at least take a second look or turn down the opportunity outright.

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

The Eloquent Woman

It might seem counterproductive to turn down speaking requests--after all, they give you a chance to promote yourself, your cause, your company or your career. 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. But in these cases, I'd advise you to at least take a second look or turn down the opportunity outright.

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