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 […]

Who were your heroes growing up? Who influenced you throughout your life? Did you ever feel betrayed? Having a role model fall from grace can deflate our hope. I remember having to write a book report in my youth. I was sitting in the Auburn Public Library trying to find a book that captured my […]

Every year around this time I remind people of this powerful secret to tap into their own life stories. What happens when you get together with friends and family around the holidays? Conversation! Questions are asked, and stories are told. If your family and friends are anything like mine, you “revisit” the same stories again […]

When you see a courtroom drama on T.V. or in a movie, you see both the prosecutor and the defendant’s lawyers pleading their cases. You hear arguments from both sides as to what happened and why. You see forensic experts go over the evidence to explain it. As viewers, the more evidence we see, the […]