Stage Time: The Better Dream

When you were growing up, what did you want to be? Firefighter? Police Officer? Movie star? As we grow and have more life experience, our perspectives change. As our perspectives change, so do our dreams. What do you dream about, now? When I came to my first Toastmasters and National Speakers Association conventions, I dreamed of being the speaker on the big stage whom people loved. It was an ego-filled... [Read more]

Stage Time: Anybody Got a Hatchet?

Here’s the situation… You just finished a run-through of your presentation. You love it. It works. You have one problem with it though. You keep getting feedback that one particular part of your presentation confuses people. It is really clear to you, and you love it. You know it is brilliant. In fact, it is the exact line that inspired the writing of the speech! That is exactly what happened... [Read more]

Stage Time: Are You Likeable on Stage?

Have you ever seen speakers on stage who, although they weren’t perfect, you couldn’t help liking them anyway? Then again, have you seen presenters who were eloquent and seemingly perfect, but you just didn’t like them at all? What do you think is the difference? There are probably a hundred different reasons for both instances. This example comes from my being on stage and hosting at my... [Read more]

Stage Time: Behind the Funny ~ Preparing to Be Spontaneous?

How in the world can you prepare to be spontaneous? It can be done, and it is actually simpler than you think. Let’s look at a case study from this past weekend at my church. I was pleasantly surprised when Jake, one of the pastors, asked me to volunteer to do an improvisational skit for a series our church was doing called Follow the Leader. Knowing I had a background in improv, Jake thought I’d... [Read more]

Stage Time: What Can You Ask?

Major project, major stress, ugh! When you work on a major project or a new speech, what thoughts go through your head about completing it? Where is your focus? What is really important? Consider what really goes through you head. Your thoughts control the outcome and the quality of your end result. I had been a little stressed over some deadlines and a pile of new ideas sitting on my desk awaiting... [Read more]

How is this Lady and the Champs different?

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Stage Time: How Do You Say That?

People say it in different ways. Some use words but have no meaning behind them. Some don’t use words at all but mean it even more. They show it with their actions or with their eyes. What am I talking about? The message: “I love you.” Sometimes as presenters we are not only teaching new perspectives; we are also professional reminders. We all need reminders of what is important. This... [Read more]

Stage Time: So, Then I Asked a Better Question

Ever been in a bit of a rut? Wonder how to get out of it? Consider what I did: look in the mirror. LOL. Lately I’ve found myself in a bit of a rut. Things are moving along, nothing to complain about, just not feeling great about my progress. Frankly, I’ve been feeling a bit negative. Ever felt that way? I’ve been reflecting on my new keynote, “Sponge! What’s Filling You?” I gave it for... [Read more]

Stage Time: What is Your Backdrop?

Right now, before you read another word, look around you. What do you see? If you are at home, what is behind you? If you are out and about, reading this on a mobile device, look up and back. What do you see? Look closer; that is your backdrop. Is it conducive to your learning? It all matters. Is your backdrop making your experience better or worse? When you and I give presentations, whether in a boardroom... [Read more]

Stage Time: TED-fluence

You can thank TED or blame TED. Things are changing in the speaking world, and it’s not so much the change in technology as it is the change in format. I hear more and more people talking about TED Talks. Even my 21-year-old nephew watches TED Talks but only knows about Toastmasters because of me. Young people are attracted to the ideas, format, and length. I believe we can all learn something... [Read more]