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 […]

Pro tips: Bring your own gear

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Recently I was asked to speak at a conference, and in the pre event discussions we talked about set up and equipment needs. I was asked to bring my own laptop, and the projector would be provided. Since I rarely use PowerPoint visuals, I was able to assure them this wasn’t necessary. When I asked […]

Inside humor

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Have you ever heard a speaker deliver an inside joke? Did you feel included? If not, did the joke make you feel left out? Now imagine yourself with the inside joke. You know it will be funny to a few people (or maybe just one), and you know it will be funny to you. Do you […]

Speaking Tips: Remembering the lessons

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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 […]

Deliberate Practice – Toastmasters Style

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This week I’m reading Talent is Overrated (finally) by Geoff Colvin. In this book, he asserts that talent is a myth (or at least it’s attainable – not a birthright) and the best at any endeavor is the person who puts in the most practice. Not just “practice makes perfect” type of practice, but what he […]

Going Pro? Try the third alternative

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There are a lot of ways to do things as a professional consultant/speaker, and they can usually be summarized into two main categories – do it yourself or get a pro to do it for you. For instance, if you want a website you can do it yourself, or get a pro. If you want […]

Toastmasters Convention – Golden Gavel Dinner

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Carolyn. Kepcher. Delivered. What an amazing evening. Toastmasters International 2010 Golden Gavel recipient, Carolyn Kepcher gave a keynote speech to be remembered at our dinner on Friday evening. She started off with the story of how she began working for the Trump organization, and how she ended up on the TV Show The Apprentice. Her descriptions […]

The Cost of Losing Business

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What happens when you make things too automatic for your customers, and an annoying error occurs? Answer: You could lose the sale. In the last few months I’ve been reading some great blogs, and decided to try one of the products I saw. There was a product that was touted as something that would help me see […]

Colorful Language – Pro’s and Con’s

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Is it appropriate to use colorful (i.e. foul) language in your communications, i.e. when quoting someone else? This question came to me recently from a friend who is probably a better speaker than I, but read my post on language use and decided to ask for a more specific opinion. First and foremost, a quote is […]