The connections I've made from speaking at events have enriched my business and my life in quite a few ways. Unfortunately, a speaking gig gone bad can do serious damage to your reputation. And it's not just about what you do when you're on stage.
That's it, simple. The only one you're trying to make better is you, the only one you're trying to beat is you. You can't move forward by looking sideways. Take a look at the things that have been beating you up in the "locker room" and see how you can take them out.
Instead of faking it 'til you make it, consider the advice of the late musician Jeff Buckley who said, "Be awake enough to see where you are at any given time and how that is beautiful and has poetry inside even in places you hate."
A well-executed introduction establishes a speaker's credibility, piques the interest of the audience, and creates an environment for an impactful speech. The following tips will help you confidently introduce a speaker at your next event.
We dove into our piles of gadgets and discovered we unintentionally left four noteworthy items out of our past blogs. There are probably more, but we haven't yet worked our way down to the deepest depths of the piles of boxes in our office.
Being music addicts, we need access to our tunes in the bedroom, living room, boardroom and dorm room - - - even outdoors, if possible. With that in mind, we took a look at five wireless speaker systems and weren't disappointed.
There may come a time when you have to give a speech whether at a wedding, funeral or award ceremony. Or you might be introducing the next speaker! Here are some ways to prepare yourself for your next big speech, presentation or talk.
Being content is a great thing, however, I've also observed it can be an avoidance technique. There's a difference between not wanting anything because you're content and not wanting anything because you don't think you can have it.
After several attempts to get me to saw a few syllables, one lucky day it just happened out of nowhere. My respiratory therapist attached a speaking valve, and I tried to sound out a few words and all of a sudden I began talking.
They ought to just change the name, really. Leave it as just the "Democrats" versus the "Tea Partiers" -- because the Republican Party of yore is nothing more than a corpse waiting for burial, at this point. John Boehner, in fact, just hammered the last nail in its coffin.
John Boehner tried a diplomatic solution, to allow Tea Partiers to vote for the umpteenth time against Obamacare while still allowing some sort of budget to pass so the government doesn't shut its doors in October. This compromise was just rejected by the Tea Partiers.
Last week the New York Times ran a front-page story entitled, Hillary Clinton Taps Speechmaking Gold Mine. The article suggested that it's ethically questionable at best for former politicians to receive exorbitant fees for speaking engagements. I take issue with this.
I sat down recently to interview the speaker of the New York City Council, Christine Quinn. Is she worried whether or not New York is ready for a woman mayor who is a lesbian? With a smile, Quinn responds 'no.'
Back in 1995 and 1996, a government shutdown actually happened -- twice. The debt ceiling was not raised, but the country did not default. President Clinton actively used his veto pen, as the Republicans sent him bills that they knew he would not sign.