2016 Lady and the Champs – Women in Speaking

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No matter how much I learn about speaking, there’s always room to gain insights and new ways to connect with an audience. This weekend, I get my annual chance by attending Lady and the Champs. There was a specific panel on Women Professional Speakers, including Patricia Fripp, Janelle Barlow, Judi Moreo, Cathey Armillas, and Jennifer […]

Opening – scene of the crime

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As I was working on my speech for the Toastmasters International Speech Contest, I was listening to a storytelling┬álesson by Darren LaCroix, and he reminded me of a lesson that another World Champion, Ed Tate, teaches: Start your speech at the scene of the crime. He calls this the CSI opening – just like the […]

Lady & the Champs 2013 – Craig Valentine’s Product breakout

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Craig Valentine’s breakout – Producing Profitable Products Build your list – in two days Darren made $23,000 launching a new product to his list – Craig decided to launch 52speakingtips.com and his career has taken off in the last four years because of it Speakers cycle of wealth – sell products when you speak – […]

Lady & the Champs 2013 – Darren LaCroix’s keynote

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Darren LaCroix’s keynote Leave your issues at the door Sometimes we bring past audiences with us Brian Tracy – “what would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?” Don’t go to your family for inspiration, go to someone who has done it Get the information from someone who’s done it before – don’t buy […]

Lady & the Champs 2013 – Craig Valentine’s keynote

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Craig Valentine’s keynote Why did you laugh? Failure is funny if it isn’t happening to you Never stop asking questions Keep them Laughing – share your failure, flaws, frustrations and firsts – uncover (don’t add) humor to your speech – stories, characters and dialog – FDR – failure, dialog and reactions ( the look before […]

Lady & the Champs 2013 – Mike Rayburn

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Mike Rayburn – bonus session If you don’t know who Mike Rayburn is, you’re missing out! Mike is in the National Speakers Association Hall-of-Fame, and for good reason. He’s both entertaining and profound, without coming off, well, like he’s profound. Check him out here: Mike’s Videos What if? Always ask, “but what if we could?” […]

Lady & the Champs 2013 – Ed Tate’s keynote

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Ed Tate keynote – Influence Without Authority How to achieve breakthrough results Great opening story about getting tickets to the US Open Speakers never have bad days, we just have new material Always see the best in person (PF) What were the elements of success, and how can you use them to get a yes […]

Lady and the Champs – Retrospective

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Affiliate link alert: World Champions EDGE. This link will take you to the Edge website, where you can see some free materials or sign up for just $1 for the first month. Ed Tate likes to say “Review your Keepers”. This refers to the notes you’ve taken, and he says that if you review your […]

Lady and the Champs – Final Wrap-up

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Spent That’s how I feel, and I bet that’s how many people would say they feel. And not a negative spent, but a “wow” feeling. If I could summarize this weekend in just one sentence…I’d charge you big bucks for that sentence. Okay, seriously – here’s the takeaway: Discover. Design. Do. Disclaimer: I stole that. […]

Craig and Ed’s Guerrilla Marketing Breakout – Updated

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Editor’s note: this post was originally posted on 27 Feb, then edited on 13 March. It is mostly a compilation of my notes from the session, with some additional thoughts as well. Marketing is like breathing. If you don’t breathe, you will die – if you don’t market, your business will die. Marketing is not […]