Who is your hero? Why? I’m not talking about someone with a red cape. I’m talking about someone whom you admire and wish you were more like. Who made you feel loved growing up? For me, it is my Pepe’. Half French and half Polish, I grew up calling my French grandfather Pepe’, but everyone […]

This weekend, while playing disc golf with Steve Pavlina, author of Self Development for Smart People, we started talking about the longevity of our speaking careers. He said that when he started, he treated speaking as a presentation or a performance, which put up a wall between himself and the audience. He often felt that […]

I sat there in the audience at the National Speakers Association Convention and prepared to watch my friend, Mike Rayburn, CSP, CPAE, give his speech. He was about to perform his brand new keynote that he had been working on for over eleven months, some 1,100 hours. His preparation was intense. I can honestly say […]

Has technology ever stressed you out? LOL. OK, maybe that is a silly question. I cringe whenever a technical support person uses the word “just.” They say, “Just do this and that will happen.” It sounds easy until you go home and try to do it, and some other foreign looking screen comes up with […]

You may have said it, but did they feel it? When you were on stage presenting, did the audience actually feel what you were saying? That might sound like a weird question. It is not. This weekend my girlfriend Cathey and I were filming a YouTube video. I was behind the camera, and she was […]

It is that time of year again when eighty-one of the top speech competitors from around the world prepare for the biggest speech of their lives. They are the semi-finalists competing in this year’s World Championship of Public Speaking. There are also thousands of speech competitors who are licking their wounds wondering where they went […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]