“Hi _____! I wanted to say how nice it was to connect on the phone yesterday. After sitting with our conversation, speaking for free doesn’t feel aligned. I’ve worked my butt off for the last 12 years and the expertise I have gained is a worth a speaker fee. I can’t be speaking to inspire…

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Ask yourself: if I had to group the THINGS I did each day, toward my vision and my life’s work, into 3 basic groups, what groups would those be? When I ask myself that, my three are Speak, Teach, Write. How did I get to that clarity point? With an Org Chart. A few years…

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The day started for me before the sun was a glimmer in the sky. The air outside was cool, some would call it cold. Having grown up in a robustly 4-season state, I find it refreshing and welcome. A bracing slight breeze accompanied me to my car, as I headed on down the road to…

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So, you want to speak? Alright – get to it! Here’s one way you can do it: Reach out to service clubs. Service clubs are terrific practice. If you’re unsure or you have a new message you want to practice, get out and contact service clubs. I just got off the phone this morning with…

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So, you want to be a good speaker? Great! Here’s one of my top tactics: Get to the room as soon as possible. An hour before? Yes! Waiting outside the room, only 15 minutes breaks between speakers? Yes! Go in, meet every single person you can – rapidly, though not pushy. Here’s my groove: [offer…

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Thanks to Jackie Cuneo for her connectivity question today. She asks: “I’m passionate about my own profession (mortgage) and would like to connect with more women and minorities in the financial services realm. What do you do before you speak in front of a large group to get yourself in the right frame of mind?”…

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Congratulations to the Wyoming Women’s Expo & Professional Development Day 2018 Prize drawing winners! [drum roll please…] p.s. if you entered the drawing and didn’t get a call, it may be that you forgot to include your phone number on the entry form… feel free to contact me to correct!

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I often have people ask me for “speaking tips.” A new colleague of mine tells me she’s set to speak at a coming LinkedInLocal. A connection-to-be-made is referred from someone else to me about speaking. A cohort sees me on some sort of group call and asks for help. What do I tell them? Well,…

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Last week, it was a pleasure to spend time with new cohorts at a meeting. During the meeting, it was highlighted by the host that I offer professional speaking engagements…and that I might be able to offer support to any one else in the cohort with speaking questions. Indeed, one of them emailed me with…

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Here are three attributes of a great speaker: They have deep expertise. They relate their are of deep expertise, conversationally. They connect with the audience. Great = effective, inspiring to listen to, moves you to action, carries meaning and purpose in the message delivered. Cares about their audience. When you’re seeking a great speaker for…

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