When You Have to Deliver the Bad News….

Speakers sometimes have to deliver bad news. It’s not a pleasant prospect for most of us; we prefer to keep our audiences happy so that they will love us. After all, risking dignity and exposure to stand up in front of an audience and speak costs us something in nerves, so we want good vibes […]

It’s the Little Stressors That Will Kill You

Recently I was busy in an airplane-hangar-sized room helping a couple of speakers get ready to speak to an audience of 10,000 people. That’s a daunting challenge for anyone, but the difference between the two people made for a quite different experience running up to the event. One was extroverted and the other introverted. As I […]

How Much Should A Speaker Charge?

How much should you charge to give a speech? The question is complicated by a number of factors including perception, the market, your expertise, the audience, and your celebrity appeal. I’m going to approach the subject from the point of view of a speaker trying to gauge the marketplace and price to get bookings. Be advised […]

Three Steps to Delivering a Powerful Speech

OK, to kick off the fall speaking season in the best possible way, I’m putting together a couple of studies I read about recently in order to get you pumped for that next speech. Three steps to pumped up speaking – three steps and you’re ready to go. First of all, there’s the Harvard study […]

Should a Speaker Tell Stories about her Speaking in her Speeches?

Movies about movies rarely succeed, just as theatre about theatre usually falls flat. Industry insiders love them, and so they keep getting performed and filmed, but the general public doesn’t embrace them as a rule. Noises Off, which is my personal choice for the funniest movie of all time, a movie about a play about […]