Reframing Isn’t Just for Art

It can be hard to see past what’s happened to us in the past, but often they’re just stories we tell ourselves.  If you’re focused on yourself and what other people think of you as you present, you won’t be relaxed and charismatic as you speak.  Listeners want you to succeed because you have the […]

Engage Your Audience with Stories

Storytelling is the backbone of your speaking skills. Nothing gets into people’s hearts quicker, makes change seem more  doable, and allows people to remember you for years to come like good, old-fashioned storytelling. So, if you want to tell those kinds of stories – the really good one, join me this coming Friday at 7 […]

You’re Making it Hard for People to Listen

As speakers, our goal is to get people to change, but how exactly do we get people to change willingly? There are basically two good options – motivate and inspire your audience. Which do you tend to use in your speeches or presentations? And how much better would it be if you used both tactics? […]

Do You Want to Motivate or Inspire your Audience?

As speakers, our goal is to get people to change, but how exactly do we get people to change willingly? There are basically two good options – motivate and inspire your audience. Which do you tend to use in your speeches or presentations? And how much better would it be if you used both tactics? […]

How to Remember What You Want to Say

Everybody worries about forgetting what they have to say. You, my dear, are not alone. When it comes to remembering what you’ll say, especially in a speech, most people reread their script over and over again, but the brain doesn’t work that way.  Here’s a better way to practise and have notes at the ready […]

What to Do When your Bio isn’t Super Strong

Not everybody has superstar credentials, even if it feels that way. Every one of my social media feeds, especially the ads (aren’t they just the worst?), are filled with people who have all written 17 books, been featured in “Entrepreneur” magazine, or had $100K launches. Holy shit!!! I don’t know about you, but I find […]

How to Have the Mindset of a Graphic Designer

Most presenters think they can design slides well because companies like Apple and Microsoft have made it super easy to make slides, but easy doesn’t mean audience members get it or enjoy it. When have you ever enjoyed trying to read a slide while a speaker keeps talking? It’s just plain annoying. No slide needs […]

Happy Birthday and Anniversary to Me!

Yup, it’s my b-day, and Sal Campos got me this lovely birthday present, which got me thinking – it’s also my 5-year anniversary. Five years ago, I made a decision that improved my life for the better, and I want to celebrate that more than how old I am. You know those harmful thoughts you […]

How to Get Word of Mouth on Purpose

Most solopreneurs get the majority of their leads from referrals, yet ironically have no formal strategy to ensure it happens regularly.  In Jay Baer’s and Daniel Lemin’s new book, “Talk Triggers,” they give you the step-by-step on how to make word of mouth happen on purpose. It so happens that I’ve seen it myself. Watch the video […]

How to Punch up your Presentation

We all know that comics word hard on their timing, specifically having a punch word at just the right place. You can do the same, although you need to alter the notion slightly, so you don’t come off like a comic trying hard to get a laugh.  While you can get some laughs with this placement […]