Stage Time: To-Do to To-DONE!

How long is your “to-do” list? Maybe, if you are like me, a better question is how many lists do you have?  I started finding that I had “to-dos” to remind me to check other “to-do” lists. Yikes! I found I was soon forgetting my master “to-do” list. Ugh. Something’s got to give. I don’t know about you, but when I get overwhelmed, I tend to shut down. That doesn’t relieve stress,... [Read more]

Stage Time: What Do You Need to Become?

Can you remember a time when you had a great plan, and you were working it? You were making progress, you were performing your due diligence, and out of nowhere, BAM! Someone gives you a whole new perspective. I learned a brilliant perspective that changed how I look at many areas of my life. Are you a fan of positive affirmations and writing out goals? Me, too. You may also know that I’ve never... [Read more]

Stage Time: Really, Why Bother?

How long is your “to do” list? How do you decide what is worth your time and what is not? Time is precious. Sometimes I wonder, why bother? How do you know if it is worth the struggle. “Why haven’t you gotten your C.S.P.?” It is a question I’ve been hearing for years. Some of my support team were there at the N.S.A. Convention in San Diego to celebrate with me. The... [Read more]

Darren’s God Blog II: King Solomon and Me

As I continue my own walk with God, inspired by my pastor, I’ve been reading two Bible verses every morning. I actually started at the beginning and have been pretty good at keeping my personal commitment. I do not claim to be an expert in this area. I’m just giving honest insight into my own journey, and I hope it helps others. Have you read the Bible and been confused? OK, if you are like me... [Read more]

Stage Time: You Can’t Change Their Lives, But You Can…

Many aspiring speakers live for changing people’s lives. We can’t. Period. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Why would I say that? I just want you to think a bit deeper about what a presenter’s role is when we get the privilege of the platform. Everyone in your audience is living their journey with momentum. Their momentum could be good or bad, positive or negative, slow or fast. It is their... [Read more]

Stage Time: Speech Writing Box-ology: Think INSIDE the Box!

Too many people, when putting a presentation together, try to write the whole thing out. If your presentations are done with slides, you know the crutch of putting one together by taking an old slide deck, and just “tweaking” it. Guilty? I know I am. My corporate coaching clients are the worst! A brilliant presentation is clean, clear and concise. It is built from scratch (even if you are... [Read more]

Stage Time: Your Privilege of Influence

What goes through your mind as you prepare for a presentation? What are your thoughts just before you take the stage? Whether it is a small boardroom presentation or an audience of thousands, your mindset matters. Your mindset alone will greatly affect the outcome for both you and your audience. It was the mid-nineties when I went to my first National Speakers Association convention in Washington,... [Read more]

17 minutes Day 245 Get an Accountability Buddy!

Page count 54 (Out of 120) Today I watched Michael Hague & Christopher Vogler’s dissecting of Erin Brockovich. I realized the power of an acceptability buddy. My friend’s Danielle and Cathey nagged me at my request to get my butt going again. Thanks! Today 62 minutes closer to my dream What is Darren doing and why?  See 17 Minutes to Your Dream: Day 1 Like Inspirational Quotes? Get... [Read more]

Stage Time: How Do YOU Celebrate Them?

Have you ever taken a look back ten or twenty years and looked at what you did that worked? What were your “success patterns” years ago? Let’s go back and take a look. It could just be what we need and yet forgot about. After my business failure and chasing the impossible dream, I was financially devastated. I was living at home with my parents, and the only things I had to my name were... [Read more]

17 minutes Day 244 BJ Hunnicutt scene

Page count 54 (Out of 120) Today I wrote another scene. This was a true brush with fame. I met actor, Mike Farrell at Bickford’s in Framingham, MA. He gave me some advice that took me years to understand. Watch the video to hear about the scene. Today 40 minutes closer to my dream Click to play video and see the progress that was made towards my dream. My whole goal is to inspire you to make... [Read more]