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 […]

Have you ever noticed the difference in energy at each event you attend? Why are some filled with excitement and some, quite frankly, so boring. A multitude of factors can add or detract from the excitement. Whether you are running your own event or presenting at someone else’s event, there is one simple, powerful secret […]

What project around your house or in your business have you been putting off? Why? Why do you put it off? Though I’m a big fan of getting things done, I also do face some challenges, and I get very creative about procrastinating. Whenever there is a software update, I let out an audible “Augh!” […]

If someone without hearing watched you for a week and could clearly see every action you took, what would they see? Would your actions show clearly what your goals were? If they took notes, what do you think they would write down? Time seems to be one of the biggest challenges that all of us […]