By Featured Speaker Wally Adamchik Much has been written about the leadership (or lack of leadership) crisis in America today. No business is immune to this crisis, and some are even more susceptible to it than others. Real leaders today are few and far between. We have great technicians and […]
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By Featured Speaker Nancy Daniels
Recently I had the opportunity to hear an international speaker address a large group of women. The women’s ages ranged from their 20’s to their 60’s. While the speaker used the F-word once, the silence in the large ballroom was much more apparent when he then used a 4-letter word that begins with ‘d.’ And he was not referring to a duck!
The use of questionable language when addressing an audience is not in good taste and is offensive. In case you were unaware of this little tidbit, the 4-letter word that begins with a ‘d’ may be considered slang but, according to the dictionary, it is a vulgar term. Vulgar language is “lacking in cultivation, perception, or taste.” It is also coarse and morally crude.
I can appreciate that there is a generation of young people who may not be offended with ‘colorful’ language; however, if you are addressing an audience of mixed ages, it is to your benefit to avoid certain words that the majority of people still consider indecent. This is why knowing your audience in advance is paramount to your success.
By Featured Speaker Lily Iatridis We all want to improve public speaking skills, don’t we? Toastmasters is fantastic for having a group of peers support one another as everyone works on their skills. But sometimes, there isn’t a toastmaster’s club chapter near you, or the timing of meetings doesn’t suit […]
By Featured Speaker Davida Shensky Editorial Note: Negative thoughts and behaviors can greatly affect the effectiveness of your public speaking. That’s why I chose to run this particular story today. You need to believe in yourself, your topic and your abilities in order to be a good speaker. There are […]
By Featured Speaker Bob Urichuck
Attracting and maintaining a solid sales network today is the foundation for tomorrow’s success. Your net worth is interdependent on your sales network. The more people you know, or who know you, the bigger and more solid your sales network will be.
Because people buy from, and refer people to, people they know and they trust, you will find that your success will come from your sales network. So, what can you do to attract and maintain a solid sales network?
To attract a sales network you first need to clearly identify your market, your ideal prospect based on your best customers and their profile. Paint the picture of your ideal prospect, the type of customer/prospect that you would like to see in your sales network. If you can’t see them, you cannot attract them into your life.
Then you need to come up with creative ways of attracting them, engaging them, creating a relationship, and then maintaining that relationship for an ongoing solid sales network.
When is comes to attracting or building a solid sales network, your objective is not to sell them something, but to acquire the trust to build and maintain a relationship that will turn into sales.
By Featured Speaker Billy Arcement
When I published my first book, Searching for Success, it marked the completion of a personal milestone. For too many years, I had created mental obstacles that stopped me from realizing my dream of authoring a book. This powerful experience was life-changing. Shortly after publication, I was asked to present my thoughts on the process of completing this project to a local business group. As I began to recall events, I identified seven lessons I had learned. The more I thought about them, the more I saw how they might apply to anyone in their own personal quest for success. The reflection process is a practice everyone should undertake. To help, why not examine your personal performance in your career and in your personal undertakings against the seven points below? The use of questions is an excellent method to gauge performance and each point has challenging questions for your consideration.
(1) Face the things you fear. What events during the past months froze your progress? What fear did you avoid thus avoiding the experience of being successful? Many fears are the result of personal perceptions rather than actual circumstance. We believe we cannot do and we don’t. Search for reasons why you fear doing the things you should be doing. Squarely face them with a determination to overcome their growth stagnation.
By Featured Speaker Avish Parashar
Do you want to improve your presentation skills and be a great speaker? Then you should consider learning improvisational comedy!
I know what you’re thinking: “I don’t improvise my speeches. I write them out and memorize them.”
That may be the case, but there are three reasons you should still learn improv comedy:
- You will definitely find yourself in situations where you have to give an unscripted speech. Maybe you get asked to speak on short notice, or for a presentation so small it is not worth scripting.
- Things will go wrong, and you may have to go “off-script” and improvise.
- Learning to improvise will absolutely 100% improve your scripted presentation skills!