Secrets to Paid Public Speaking Success #14 (of 101): Capitalize on Your Strengths

101 Tips to Successful Paid/Public Speaking, Improve Your Speaking Skills
[caption id="attachment_482" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Capitalize on Your Strengths!"][/caption] Many of us became speakers - or want to become speakers - for one of two reasons: 1. Saw some great speakers (or one great speaker), like Anthony Robbins, Jack Canfield, Seth Godin, Barack Obama.... or maybe it was a religious leader at your church or one you saw on TV... or perhaps it was a little-known speaker that you saw at a conference...AND you thought "One day I want to be like that guy!"  2. You had an experience, or a series of experiences, that lead you to believe strongly in something - something that deeply affected your life and now you want to share that message with the world If you decided to become a speaker due to reason #1 above,…
Read More

Secrets to Paid/Public Speaking Success – #1 [of 101] – Be Authentic

101 Tips to Successful Paid/Public Speaking, Improve Your Speaking Skills
Many of us start out in the speaking business as a result of being inspired by another speaker.  For me, for example, it was Anthony Robbins.  I thought "One day I'll be the next Anthony Robbins"...  Which often leads us down on a path of non-authenticity, trying to be like someone else. I'll be honest, when I gave my first keynotes and workshops, I was so tensed that I forgot everything about Anthony Robbins; but instead I tried to be really "politically correct" and not screw up.  I was terrified that I'll say something wrong, I'll freeze and forget what I have to say, or make a full of myself in some other manner... It took me only about 2 years of regular speaking - 2 to 5 times/month - to…
Read More