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For Speakers: Ten Tips on How to Increase Your Fees


One of the most important tools speakers use is their FEE SCHEDULE. Here are ten tips to help you increase your attractiveness and income, while communicating exactly what you offer and clarify your fees for your programs, products, and services.

Speaking One-to-One


Speaking to an individual is different from the group experience. Whether you are training someone, selling, coaching, or asking for a raise, here are some tips for speaking one-to-one.

Conversationally Speaking


?Would you like to say a few words?? How many of us dread that request? The thought of speaking off the cuff can terrify even veteran speakers. But what about the ability to give a prepared speech and sound natural?

Are You Talking the Talk?


?More learning occurs through emotion than through intellect? C.S. Lewis

Know Your Audience


What is worse than wearing a tuxedo to an event when everyone else is attending in shorts?

Ethics in Speaking: A Practical Point of View


Often managers have to deliver presentations with unpleasant content. The vice president has to announce that there is a hiring freeze or a downsizing. The human resource director speaks to the employees about a benefits package with fewer benefits. Because executives are often speaking in difficult situations, the more credibility they can develop, the more the content will be considered and accepted. Speakers will have little or no impact on audiences if audience members don?t respect them and what they have to say.

For Speaking Ease, Forgive Your Younger Self


I love the Disney movie The Kid with Bruce Willis. In it he plays a stressed-out, high-power image consultant. He wears expensive suits, lives in a chic, elegantly furnished home and has all the money he can spend. His biggest challenge comes when a young boy?-his younger self-?comes to stay with him. He doesn?t recognize himself at first, but then comes to see that he can heal himself by comforting the boy he was and accepting the man he is. (Don?t worry, there?s still a lot of other fun, surprising stuff that happens so I haven?t TOTALLY given the plot away.)

Knowing Your Boundaries


While delivering a speech, it is clear that we will be judged and perceived in a certain way based on our ideas, words, and body language. Taking a risk and really thinking out of the box can be quite rewarding and at the same time, it can be a disaster. The famous quote ?there is a thin line between genius and insanity? probably stems from this. In order to remain on the genius side it is important to recognize our boundaries.

Earn Your Cs as A Speaker


Franklin Delano Roosevelt had some good advice for the public speaker when he said, be sincere, be brief, be seated. Be simple, natural and effective and earn your C?s.

Lessons in Love for the Shy at Heart


One of the biggest regrets of my life is that I was cursed with the shyness gene. Shyness is an often misunderstood condition that can leave the afflicted alone and miserable. As a victim of shyness, I completely understand the pitfalls. I also understand that there are levels of the condition that start at ?painfully shy? or (as I think it is referred to nowadays) ?social anxiety? to simply being ?uncomfortable? at parties. More outgoing people tend to brush off shyness as something that is easy to get over. However those of us who suffer with it day after day realize that it would be comparable to asking an alcoholic to stop drinking. Doable, yes ? but easy? Hardly! But whatever your comfort level, shyness does not have to be a life sentence of aloneness - there is still someone out there for you.

Speak With a Relaxed Body and Mind


Fear of public speaking is No.1. Death is No.4. So most people would rather get a root canal and pay their taxes than speak in front of an audience!

Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking


Knocking knees, butterflies (who came up with that word?) in your stomach, sweaty palms, quavering voice. We?ve all been there ? some of us more than others. I?m going to share with you some of the tricks of the trade to help manage and reduce your anxiety before and during your presentation. These methods are tried and true and have helped many presenters.

Speak Up or Sit Down


Last night the phone rang; my wife said, "I hope it's for you". When I answered, the caller asked, "Ray, would you speak to the Lions Club next month?" First my gut said, "No"; however, my head said, "Do it". So, one month from next Tuesday, I stand in front of 20 men and women as their evening speaker. They will have just enjoyed dinner with before and after dinner drinks. What a group: stomachs full and heads mellow. Just how will I do it?

Start Conversations as Easily as You Start a Car


Starting a car is easy. Put the key in, turn it, and the car starts. Would it not be great if starting a conversation was this easy? It can be--if you know how!

The Porch Light* Method to Speaking Confidence


You know the feeling. Looking out at a sea of faces, you notice a few scowls, frowns, even droopy eyelids on some of your audience members. What are they thinking? Do they disagree with your points? Are they in a bad mood? Do they just not like YOU? You bend over backwards to win them over. You smile, establish eye contact. But the longer you speak the more hopeless you feel as you see your desperate attempts to please fall flat. At the end, feeling discouraged and anxious, you limp away.

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