The Drive to Topeka

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I just received Darren LaCroix’s two new CDs, Secrets from a World Champion Speaker Coach and Speak Outside of Your Club for Fun, Profit, and Club Building. Both are single CDs and less than an hour each. This means I should be able to listen to both of them on my drive to Topeka tomorrow […]

Book Review: What the Dog Saw

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Over the past week or so, I’ve been reading the CD version of Malcolm Gladwell’s newest book, What the Dog Saw in my car. If you’re a fan of Gladwell’s, you won’t be disappointed in this work. He does a fantastic job of analyzing some commonly held beliefs and reported stories, giving the reader a unique […]

Speaking about ACE your Conclusion

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Wednesday evening I gave an 8-minute speech titled ACE your Conclusion for my Toastmaster’s club, the Boeing Acievers #3990. Take a look right here. The speech was from the Entertaining Speaker manual, speech #2 – resources for entertainment. In this project I  was supposed to use examples from other sources, so I chose information from […]

Book Review: Book Yourself Solid

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“The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even if You Hate Marketing and Selling” is the subtitle for the book Book Yourself Solid by author Michael Port. In this work, the author describes methods to improve your bookings as a consultant.  I specifically like this because the […]

Attitude…Committment…Excellence

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Do you want to ACE your next speech, presentation, or interview? If so, use the A.C.E method to help with your preparation and execution. While no methodology is perfect (except maybe mine), focusing on these areas will help you be better prepared and successful in your planned speaking opportunities.  Attitude – this is not about […]

Speaking Tips: It’s okay to listen

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Without a doubt, the toughest speaking skill I’ve seen anyone master is the art of shutting up.This manifests itself in our need to say “um” or “ah” during what should be a pause in our speaking. We know from that long experience if we give our opponents (audience) an opening, they’ll take the conversation from us and we’ll be stuck listening to someone else’s solution to world peace. Then they’ll get credit, fame, and the Nobel prize.