Speak like a leader: Takeaways from the Toastmasters International Convention
Didn’t make it to the Bahamas for the 2023 Convention of Toastmasters International? No matter! Check out these five takeaways that I captured as a virtual attendee last week. Then choose a few nuggets you want to use right away to get better at what it takes to speak like a leader. If you missed […]Read More
Answer these 3 questions to get better as a speaker
People who want to get better as a speaker often face common challenges as they strive to go from good to great. Do you identify with these three challenges shared by my colleague and friend Barbara? Are you ready to do something about them? A few days ago, a longtime colleague and friend I’d coached […]Read More
Good speeches start with this
All public speakers want to write and deliver good speeches. When you’re working on a speech, do you try to speed up the process by getting all your thoughts on paper first? If so, you may find yourself wallowing aimlessly in a sea of words with no clear direction. Read on to find out what […]Read More
Don’t be a boring speaker (it’ll cost you dearly)
Nobody wants to be labeled as a boring speaker. Nevertheless, we’ve all had to endure boring speakers at one time or another. But what are the consequences of being a boring speaker? And what should you do next if you believe the speech you’re working on right now sounds boring? I recently attended a […]Read More
How to improve public speaking: Get out of your own way
Are you feeling stuck when it comes to public speaking? If so, you might be in your own way. Read on to discover how to improve public speaking by doing one simple thing to get out of your own way – and stay out of your own way – the next time you speak. […]Read More
7 bad habits to break if you want to become a better speaker
In-person events are back! Unfortunately, so are some of the bad habits speakers fall into when they fail to prepare well for public speaking. If you want to become a better speaker, check yourself against these seven bad habits. Which ones do you need to break? If you’re like most people these days, your […]Read More
What’s the process when you work with a speechwriter?
The first question I get from executives looking for a speechwriter is this: “How do you work?” If you’re an executive wondering about the process – what it’s like to work with a speechwriter instead of writing an entire speech by yourself – read on. “I love our process!” a speechwriting client told me […]Read More
When to say no to a speaking opportunity
Do you have a speaking opportunity sitting in your inbox? Are you wondering whether to accept (or decline) the invitation? Get clarity – and get off the fence – with this advice. The keynote speaker concluded, and the virtual event was over. Despite the incredible speaking opportunity given to this highly anticipated speaker and […]Read More
Communication strategy: When should you contact a speechwriter?
Timing is everything at work and in life. If your communication strategy for an upcoming event calls for a keynote speech from your CEO, how far in advance should you contact a speechwriter? Learn from this experience I had recently with a marketing VIP here in the U.S. Last week I received a desperate […]Read More
Ideas for speeches: What to do next if the show does not go on?
Anytime you have to write and deliver a speech, it’s common to face a challenge or two. But what if something happens to disrupt the event? Keep this story close at hand in your bank of ideas for speeches, and learn how to pivot when problems arise. When it comes to a speech, the […]Read More