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A few years ago, I wrote a post about contest speaking called Why you won’t win your contest. This included many of the things I see speaker do at contests all the way up to the World Championship. Since that post in 2011, I’ve seen a few more examples and even competed myself. Instead of
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Tonight I’m at the Kauffman Founders School to see Daniel Pink, author of To Sell is Human, speak. I’ve been a fan ever since I read Drive and A Whole New Mind. Tonight’s talk was from his latest book, and Daniel was billed as “offering a fresh look at the art and science of sales
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When you speak to a friend or your boss, do you simply talk for 30-minutes without a pause? Do you ask a list of questions and proceed without hearing any answers? Do you read slides to him/her the whole time? If you answered “no”to these questions, you’re probably normal in that regard. But, would the
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Tonight, for the first time, I was a guest speaker at a college graduation. The ITT graduation ceremony at the Century II Center in Wichita, Kansas. It was a unique experience. 1. I’ve never spoke with the blinding stage lights before. 2. The whole event went much quicker than I expected. 3. The students seemed
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Editor’s note: this post is a compliation of my notes for the morning. I’ll edit it in the next couple of days for better clarity. The day started with Ed Tate leading his customary “Follow the Leader” opening that involved some dancing, along with whatever it is that I do that is like dancing. Yes,
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Have you found times as a speakers where you made a mistake, even though you already knew how to avoid that mistake?  I recently gave a session to about 50 people, and three lessons I didn’t follow have made me realize that I need to make some adjustments before my next presentation. Last weekend I
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