Stage Time: Your Natural Disadvantage

How would you answer if I were to ask you to name your presentation strength? Maybe it’s your natural ability to tell stories? Maybe it’s your stage presence? How about the visuals you create? How about your ability to make complex ideas simple? Pick something. What would you say to me? Did you ever stop and think where that strength comes from? Were you given that gift from birth, or did... [Read more]

Stage Time: “Darren, Would You Just Look at My 5-7-Minute Speech?”

It happens every year about this time. It is speech contest time in Toastmasters world. 35,000 contestants from around the world are competing to become the World Champion of Public Speaking. Whether or not you are a speech contestant, there is a lesson here for you and me. I admire people who have the courage to track me down and ask the question. That’s cool, but let’s look at the question.... [Read more]

Stage Time: You Said It Brilliantly, But…

As presenters, we have an enormous responsibility. We must leave the audience with a new perspective on our topic. We need to lead as closely as possible right up to the point of improvement. It is their responsibility to apply it to their lives and then reflect on the experience. Insight + Application + Reflection = Learning Patricia Fripp says, “True learning occurs in moments of reflection.”... [Read more]

Stage Time: Humor Me ~ Inside the Mind of an Entertainment Shopping King

When an emerging speaker is building a career and credibility, it is helpful to tap into experts with great credibility in that field. This is a great way to transfer value as you gain confidence. When I started in the professional speaking world, I was told I needed to write a book. Write a book? I did not even like to read! When I was asked to co-author a book, Laugh & Get Rich by Rick Segel,... [Read more]

Stage Time: Half as Good

“Vinnie, how do you know who is going to make it,” I asked my mentor. He quickly replied, “That is easy, Darren; whoever keeps going.” His answer was so simple and yet so powerful. That was a surprising answer. I loved it. I got a surprising question several years ago from a speech competitor. He was a semi-finalist in the World Championship of Public Speaking and had just found out... [Read more]

Darren’s God Blog: “I Can’t Afford to Tithe?”

In the early days of my speaking career, I was living at home with my parents, trying to recover from my business failure. I had always known about tithing, and I kept fooling myself with, “Once I start earning enough, I will tithe.” Realizing my career was not taking off anytime soon, I had a talk with God. I got down on my knees and asked for help. With my request I made a vow to God that... [Read more]

Stage Time: First, Get Confused!

I remember my mentor, Dave Fitzgerald, passing on advice he had heard from a speaker in the 80’s. He said, “Anything worth doing well is worth doing wrong first.” It still strikes me today, even though I don’t like to hear it. Whether it’s a new speech or learning a new computer program, we often forget that it is a process. Do you push yourself through the process or... [Read more]

Darren’s God Blog: The Definition Through Me

Growing up Roman Catholic, I learned what I was taught in CCD (our version of Sunday School). After moving to Las Vegas eight years ago, I was lost for a while. I never went to church for a couple years. One person who had influence on me never went to church after he turned 18 years old. He would often go on a tirade. He was adamant that the whole church was bad because of people there who were hypocrites. Though... [Read more]

Stage Time: I Haven’t Been This Nervous in a Very Long Time

After 22 years on stage, I never would have guessed I would make a mistake like I did on Sunday. Ouch! When was the last time you were really nervous? What do you think made you so nervous? Maybe your nerves were on overload because of the subject, or maybe it was because of who was in your audience. Maybe what made you nervous was because you were using new stories, or because it was a challenging... [Read more]

Don’t Give Up…Give It Up!

Given as a guest speaker at Unity Church in Las Vegas… CLICK to watch (27 Minutes)  Read More →