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Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Myth of the Overnight Success

Avish ParasharBy Featured Speaker Avish Parashar

Having a little nerd in me (ok, maybe a lot of nerd), I recently decided to use my NetFlix membership to watch the entire 9 season run of the X-Files on DVD. Hey, it could be worse – it could be Star Trek…and if you email me in defense of Trek, then you essentially make my point.

The amazing thing about watching a show like The X-Files is that you see so many guest stars who were unknown at the time but who have gone on to become famous and successful.

For example, the season one episode “Ice,” featured Felicity Huffman. This was in 1993. I saw that episode when it first came on, but at the time no one, myself included, knew who she was.

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Types of Speeches: The Training Session

training sessionIf you decide to become a professional speaker or use speaking as an integral part of your marketing strategy, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the various types of speeches you might be asked to give. In this series of posts, I’ll give you the basics on a variety of types of presentations you can prepare. At the end of this post, I’ve listed previous articles in this series.

What is a training session?
When you conduct a training session, you are stepping into the role of educator. You are teaching your audience how to do something that you know how to do. In most cases, this will be business oriented … but I’ve also trained people how to belly dance!

The goal of a training session is to have the attendees able to perform some task or behavior by the end of the session. Therefore, it is essential that you prepare your material and that you know your audience.

Training sessions work best when they are tailored to your audience. This is because if your training methods go over the audience’s head, they won’t know what to do, and if it is too basic, they’ll get bored and tune you out.

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Monkeys Are Cute But They Bite

Ric MorganBy Featured Speaker Ric Morgan

Every one of us has one or two, or a bunch of monkeys on our backs that represent nagging problems we personally have with life. They are difficult things for us to deal with, usually born out of habit or some deep psychological problem, and it takes a lot of consistent effort to either change or eliminate them.

To give you an example, I have a lifetime problem with receiving. Ask me to do you a favor, and I’m right there, but for me to ask for help is difficult.

I noticed this about myself back in the early 80s. I was sitting relaxed in my easy chair and I happened to look down and noticed both my hands were closed into very tight fists. I opened them up, wiggled my fingers around a bit, but then didn’t pay to much attention to them. A couple of weeks later I was taking a long weekend road trip with my current girlfriend. She reached over to hold my hand, looked over at me and said, “Are you angry about something, because I’ve noticed that even when you are relaxed, your hands are closed in fists?” And she said she noticed that I crossed my arms a lot, which is a barrier sign, meaning, stay away or stay out. Then, being the very insightful, spiritual person she was she said, “These actions are symbols. Unless you open up, you will not receive your greater good.”

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Networking Success – Mastering the Right Combination

Wendy KinneyBy Featured Speaker Wendy L. Kinney

Use this winning combination for your business networking success:

Think of this like a meal; entrée and two vegetables. You may choose to work a casual-contact network, like the Chamber of Commerce; a leads group; a business association; a professional association; a single occupation association; a charitable or civic organization; an athletic alliance; a church group; the PTSA or any of the 12 other types of associations. If the structure and the members feel comfortable to you when you visit, don’t hesitate – join.

Networking is about meeting people. The irony is that you don’t meet anyone during a meeting; you meet them before or after. So people who slide in as the meeting is starting and rush out as it is adjourned aren’t networking – they’re just attending a meeting.

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