Speaker’s EDGE Book | Darren LaCroix

Speaker’s EDGE Book

.What Challenges Do You Have as a Presenter?

What if there was an easierfaster, and more powerful way
to connect with your next audience?

Whether your next presentation is in front of three people in a boardroom or three thousand in a convention center, you can create the kind of connection that leaves your audiences wanting more.

“I purchased your book,
the Speaker’s Edge, and I had fun reading each chapter then picking up
the speech I was working on and making changes for the better. After 6 or 7 chapters,
my speech was much improved and I delivered one of my best speeches. Thank you!”

~ Gloria Davidson, MA III

This powerful resource will give you the tools to:

  • Improve your platform presence and take command of the stage.
  • Become known as a content-rich speaker who keeps audiences on the edge of their seats.

It’s your one-stop shop for speaking success.
Learn to master structure, content, and delivery

all in one place — the Speaker’s EDGE!

Get Secrets & Techniques Directly from…

  • Mark Brown ~ 1995 World Champion of Public Speaking
  • Craig Valentine ~ 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking
  • Ed Tate, CSP ~ 2000 World Champion of Public Speaking
  • Darren LaCroix ~ 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking
  • Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE ~ NSA Hall of Fame Speaker

Here’s what others are saying about the tools
you will only get from the Speaker’s EDGE authors:

My class feedback said that I was inspiring — that I was phenomenal! I was
asked if I speak outside the Learning Annex. Your teachings DO WORK.

~ Isaak Gelbinovich — Staten Island, New York

You don’t know how much being part of the EDGE has helped me personally and professionally. I owe my new job
with a 20-percent increase in base pay to my involvement with Toastmasters and connecting with the Champs and Patricia Fripp

~ Bill Kennedy — Central Islip, New York

Speaker’s EDGE:
Secrets and Strategies for
Connecting with Any Audience

A quick read… packed with value!

and get the e-book for FREE!



What’s inside this great public speaking resource?

Here’s a list of value that’s packed inside!

~ Table of Contents ~

 This Isn’t Just Another Book on Presentationsxi 
 Platform Presence1 
 Connecting with an Unfamiliar Audience3 
 Show Up Early4 
 Six Keys to Connecting Your Keynote to Your Audience4 
 The Emotional Tap: The Fastest Way to Connect7 
 Halfway through Your Presentation, You Realize This is Not Working!8 
 Internalize, Not Memorize13 
 7.5 Suggestions for Getting Out of Your Head14 
 Unveiling the Magic for Being a More Effective Speaker19 
 How Our Audience Members Learn19 
 Engage Your Audience22 
 Don’t Speak Too Quickly in Front of Your Audience24 
 Build Emotional Connection through Eye Contact25 
 Getting Over the Jitters Before You Speak26 
 Seven Timely Tips for Pre-Presentation Preparation29 
 How to Lose an Audience in Ten Ways31 
 Speak into the Listening That People Are Hearing39 
 Appreciative Listener40 
 Empathic Listener40 
 Comprehensive Listener41 
 Discerning Listener41 
 Evaluative Listener41 
 Eight Keys to an Effective Q & A Session45 
 Set Expectations45 
 Ask “What Questions Do You Have?”45 
 Rephrase the Questions46 
 Frame Your Responses46 
 Make Sure Your Answers Are Brief46 
 Include the Whole Audience46 
 Acknowledge the Importance or Validity of the Question47 
 Occasionally Ask, “Does that Make Sense?”47 
 A Powerful Presentation Lesson From Dr. Wayne Dyer49 
 Content Excellence51 
 Ignite Your Audience with Your Introduction53 
 What’s Wrong with That Introduction?54 
 Five Guideposts to Fire Up Your Audience with Your Introduction54 
 Mind Your Ps and Qs59 
 Poetry and Quotations59 
 Preponderance and Quantity60 
 Pace and Quickness61 
 Pause and Quietness62 
 Power and Quality62 
 Speak to Be Remembered and Repeated65 
 Speak in Shorter Sentences65 
 Choose the Best Punch Word65 
 Perfect Your Pause66 
 Repeat Your Key Ideas More Than Once66 
 Say Something Memorable66 
 Want Your Audiences to Remember What You Say?66 
 Learn the Importance of Clear Structure67 
 Five Tips for Exciting Speeches68 
 So You Want to Speak and Can’t Think of What to Say69 
 Four Strong Openings72 
 The Daily Debrief81 
 Debriefing Models81 
 Four Ways to Tighten Up Your Speech87 
 Anecdotes (Stories)87 
 Lights … Camera … H U M O R!91 
 Rule of Three92 
 A Great Example from a Student of Humor93 
 Looking into Personal Experience to Find the Moments of Humor93 
 Winning Techniques97 
 Using Plan B Can Make Your Presentation Stand Out99 
 The Suspended Story103 
 Select Your Story Very Carefully103 
 Use the Technique Sparingly104 
 Tap and Transport109 
 Tap: The Key to Hooking Your Audience109 
 Transport: Invite Your Audience to Join You on Your Journey110 
 Tools That Invite Your Audience into Your Scene111 
 Check the VAKS111 
 It’s Easier to Earn a Gold Medal Than to Win a Trophy!115 
 Earning Credibility That Wins Business121 
 Seven Fripp Do’s122 
 Three Fripp Don’ts123 
 Every Great Proposal Starts with Great Questions123 
 Creating a Successful Proposal124 
 Using Power Pitching to Get the Personal Connection Edge125 
 The Eleven Biggest Traps to Avoid126 
 When You Speak: Turn Dull into Dynamic!127 
 Sound Intelligent, Powerful, Polished, Articulate, and Confident130 
 Are You Guilty of the Unconscious Goof That Can Hurt Your Credibility?131 
 Levels of Abstraction: Fat and Skinny Words132 


I’ve just returned from Finland where I represented the UK in the European Finals of the JCI (Junior Chamber International)
Public Speaking World Championship and I won! The tips and techniques I picked up from the Champs
played a HUGE part in helping me put together and deliver a winning speech. Thank you so much!

~ Simon Bucknall — London, England


The EDGE is the premier educational resource for speakers of all experience levels.”
~ Chris Elliott — Columbus, Ohio

Speaker’s EDGE:
Secrets and Strategies for
Connecting with Any Audience

A quick read… packed with value!

and get the e-book for FREE!



This Isn’t Just Another Book on Presentations

Improve your public speaking skills with useful resources from four World Champions and a Hall of Fame Speaker! The five experts featured in this book represent the best of the best in the world of public speaking and presentation coaching.

They cover topics as diverse as humor, motivation, public speaking, communication skills, leadership, and personal and organizational excellence. There’s no other place in the world where you will find this much skill, talent, passion, and entertainment!

How fast do you want to take your speaking to the next level?

Stop wasting time on the expensive “guessing game” trying to become a great speaker. This book provides great information and gives you a sneak peak at the fastest track to becoming a world-class speaker.


This book contains three sections focused on the objective
of helping you become amazing on the platform:

Platform Presence.

This section is devoted to helping you create
impact from the
moment you step on stage until you bid goodbye to your audience.

Content Excellence.
At the core of every great presentation is well-
written content.
You’ll learn the secrets of writing compelling speeches.

Winning Techniques.
From sales presentation tips to earning credentials and expertise,
this section will help you win more often and experience success.


This is truly amazing! The value you give in the EDGE seriously exceeds the price.
If anybody ever wants to improve their speaking in any capacity, they need to get the EDGE — yesterday!

~ Frederic Gray — Temple Terrace, Florida


Speaker’s EDGE:
Secrets and Strategies for
Connecting with Any Audience

A quick read… packed with value!

and get the e-book for FREE!


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