The Work-Life War that Needs to End and How Managers Can End It (Part I)

Work-life balance is a pain point for a lot of people. It seems that no matter what the industry, no matter who the person, there is always a reaction of ‘oh yea, I need help with that” every time I mention my speaking and research interests in the area.

There is a second, almost as common and often more uncomfortable reaction I get and it goes something like this:

“Work-life balance? Yea it’s important but I don’t matter because I don’t have kids or a spouse.” Continue reading “The Work-Life War that Needs to End and How Managers Can End It (Part I)”

5 Essential Habits for Public Speakers

I often get asked for advice on becoming a motivational speaker.  I am always more than willing to offer my two cents on the matter.   After all, I have had so many wonderful speaker do the same for me as I was starting out.  Having given people my advice numerous time now, I think there are 5 habits every speaker (motivational or not) needs to adopt if they are a) serious and b) care about crafting stories and talks that have impact.   These tips have nothing to do with the business of speaking (although these habits can help with that) and focus on the art of speaking itself.  These are the habits that work for me and the speakers I admire the most.

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Information Overload! How to Sort Through Speech Feedback for Toastmasters Speech Competitions

Speech competitions are the best developmental experiences for a speaker.  The “stuff” you go through in preparing, delivering, and refining your talks will vastly improve your confidence and abilities.  If you are a serious competitor then you are constantly seeking feedback.  I remember being invited to speak at several clubs when I was progressing in the Tall Tales Contest.  The feedback I got was useful except for one thing:  I had trouble sorting through it all.  One group said I moved around too much, another said I did not move around enough, a third said that I should tone down my energy (good luck on that one).  I was extremely confused!  So for those who are competing here are some tips that helped me sort through feedback.  If you are not competing, then items 1,3, 4 and 5 still apply to any speaking enthusiast:

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