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 […]

How to handle hecklers and loudmouths

We’ve all been there as a speaker, watching (and listening) with a fast-sinking heart as some loudmouth begins asking a question and goes on forever, long after you’ve realized that there is no question in there, just an opinion that won’t stop.  Or worse, you’ve got the heckler who won’t stop throwing in a cantankerous […]

How Your Unconscious Mind Betrays You – and What You Can Do about It

Back in the cave person era, by all accounts, we evolved this exquisite mechanism, the fight or flight response, to handle brief, intense moments of danger, when we needed to be on high alert and face the world ready to fight or get the heck outta there. We’re not even consciously aware of this mechanism, […]