Did you hear what he said? What I mean is did you really hear what he said? In the midst of passion and laughter, sometimes the listener doesn’t hear quiet brilliance. How closely are you listening? This year at Lady & the Champs, we had a special guest, Patricia Fripp’s brother, Robert Fripp. Rolling Stone […]

Would you be willing to spend two days and pay people to help you reevaluate your entire business? Honestly, I was always a bit too cheap to do that and didn’t think it was really a good use of time. I finally smartened up a bit and realized I was wasting valuable resources in the […]

One of my dad’s nicknames is Geppetto. Like Pinocchio’s father, my dad is amazing at creating and carving in wood. He was eager to share his woodworking passion with me as I was growing up, and he taught me everything about it. One of the very first things he taught me was that a piece […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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? […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]