San Francisco Writers Conference–Feb 14 & 15

 

Register for SFWC

 
I’m taking my heart and the rest of me to speak at the Writers Conference. Here’s my schedule…

 

Friday, February 14th: The Craft of Writing Non-Fiction Books

Saturday, February 15th:  The Profitable Author and Harnessing the Power of Writing for Public Speaking Success

Register for the conference here.

Drop me a note if you’re planning to be there!

Join Me for my Interview with NFAA


Public Speaking Strategies for Introverted Writers

I’m a transparent type of guy so here’s a little secret for you: I’m an introverted writer. And, as an introverted writer, I greatly enjoy capturing my thoughts on paper. One activity I savor even more is…wait for it…sharing my ideas with a live audience.
 
Click below to discover how to enjoy speaking on stage…

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No Time To Prepare Your Next Presentation? No Problem!

Imagine this scenario: your boss calls you into his office and explains that you’ll be giving an important presentation tomorrow morning to a group of senior managers within your organization. Reality check time: Do you feel the same way as when…

A) Your warm shower suddenly turns icy cold
B) Your small plane enters a disturbingly dark thunder cloud
C) Your rickety old elevator abruptly stops between floors

Click below to discover how to design a presentation when you’re pinched for time…

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How Toastmasters Helped Me To Go Out of My Mind

A picture is worth a thousand words, but a few misplaced words can derail your entire presentation

Early in my design career, I’d think a lot about designing consumer products. That was normal since I had recently graduated from Industrial Design school. I’d think about the look and feel of the product. I’d imagine my target consumer using it. I’d mull over how much the product would sell in a retail setting.

Click below to discover how to take your ideas from head to stage…

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Does a Magic Pill Exist for Better Public Speaking?

Popeye has his spinach. Superman his phone booth. What do you have to become a better public speaker? You may be surprised to learn that there are various simple yet powerful techniques to give you a quick boost before getting up on stage.

Click below to discover the secret to powerful public speaking…

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Team Talk

Transform your team’s idle banter into an effective project management tool. 

 When we, as project managers, choose to share our views with our team, cohesiveness increases. Conversely, when our team members decide to talk to us about their concerns, we begin to see the project more clearly. Conversation is the currency with which we exchange ideas with one another.

Click below to discover how to build strong teams with communication…

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On Caring For Your Audience

“My audience was my life. What I did and how I did it was all for my audience.” –Cab Calloway

Click below to discover how to give your audience what they came for…

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Impromptu Dialoguing

The incredible world of social media has multiplied the channels available to communicate with each other. Now with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter we can keep in touch with everyone we know with a click of a button. We can craft the perfect comment to a friend’s message because there’s no rush to respond. It’s all good.

 

Or is it? We are citizens of a dual universe. We live simultaneously in a cyber world as well as the “old-fashioned” bricks and mortar world. Live face-to-face communication is where relationships are formed and solidified. We are continuously bombarded with our colleagues showing up at our desks at work expecting immediate responses to their concerns. Your boss will not likely be sending you a text message anytime soon. And even if he does, you can be sure he’ll be arriving at your cubicle a few moments later.

 

We live in a world of immediacy. The better you are at dealing with urgency, the more valuable you’ll be to your company. I call this type of transaction “impromptu dialogue.” And there are specific skills you’ll need to excel in this arena.

 

Come to my talk on August 12th in NYC and learn about five simple techniques you can use to bring about better personal and professional relationships, immediately.

 

On Speaking Well…

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 Ralph Smedley, Founder of Toastmasters, Author of ‘Speech Engineering: 25 Ways to Build a Speech’:

“There are no absolutes in public speaking. Circumstances always modify rules.”

Dale Carnegie, Author of ‘Public Speaking for Success’:

“Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt. Relevant detail couched in concrete colorful language is the best way to recreate the incident as it happened and to picture it for the audience.”

Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple Computers:

“To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it’s all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it. Most people don’t take the time to do that.”

(Steve is talking about designing products. His philosophy can easily be applied to designing presentations.)

Winston Churchill, Prime Minister UK, Author of ‘Secret Session Speeches’:

“If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack.”

Aristotle, Greek Philosopher, Author of ‘The Art of Rhetoric’:

“These are the three things—volume of sound, modulation of pitch, and rhythm—that a speaker bears in mind. It is those who do bear them in mind who usually win prizes in the dramatic contests.”

Maya Angelou, Poet, Author of  ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Mark Twain, Author of  ‘How to Tell a Story’:

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”

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