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Monthly Archives: November 2011

9 Secrets to Better Speaking

Arvee RobinsonBy Featured Speaker Arvee Robinson

You’re at a huge networking event. Nervously, you glance around the room and see many familiar faces. Some of the faces are new and are even smiling. These are the faces of your fellow club members. You have talked to them many times on many different occasions. So why should this be any different? Why do you have a big knot in your stomach? Why do you have an overwhelming desire to run? Why? Because tonight, YOU are the speaker. This is the first time you’ll formally speak in front of your peers. Are you ready?

1. READY, SET, GO
When does your speech actually start? When you arrive at the lectern? Does it begin with the first utterance of a sound or word? No. Your presentation begins the minute the emcee begins to talk about you. The audience automatically sweeps the crowd searching for the speaker. Keep poised and confident. Remember all eyes are on you!
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Types of Speeches: The Farewell Speech

If 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.


Farewell speeches are given when someone retires, graduates or moves on to another phase of their career. These are ceremonial speeches given by people who had an impact on what they are leaving behind. They are often emotionally charged because leaving can be bittersweet.

Sometimes the person who is leaving gives the farewell speech … sometimes it is someone else, saying good bye. Regardless of which role you will be playing in giving a parting speech, these tips should help you develop something that honors the situation.
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Types of Speeches: The Wedding Speech

If 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.


When you play a major role in a wedding … bride, groom, bridesmaid, groomsman, parent of the bride or groom … chances are you are going to be asked or expected to give a toast or say a few words.

There are no hard or fast rules about giving a wedding speech. It can be humorous or sentimental … or both! Generally, they are short … no more than 5 minutes. But, because this is a once-in-a-lifetime very special event, there isn’t a lot of wiggle room for falling on your face. Here are a few tips for helping pull yours together, so when people remember the day and your words, it is with fondness not … something else.
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What Have You Done for Yourself Lately?

Wally AdamchikBy Featured Speaker Wally Adamchik

All too often we see the syndrome of the leader who has reached a plateau. What have you done for yourself lately? How can you continue to expect higher performance from your employees when you have done nothing to elevate yourself? How do you expect to deliver better results in the face of a changing environment when you continue to do the same old thing? Just because you are busy doesn’t mean you are making a positive impact.

Today’s leaders are challenged to keep up with, let alone get ahead of, the power curve. In fact, this “just in time” management style has served many leaders well as they have risen through the ranks. Their ability to control the quality of their work and the output of their group was unequalled. People marveled that they could get it all done and produce a nice profit also. So they were promoted. In their next position, again, if they ran really fast, they could control and get it all done. However, their ability to lead never really improved, nor did the company take time to invest in their skill development. After all, they were too busy and too important to take off and go to a seminar each year.
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How To Be an Amazing Panelist

As you get known for knowing your stuff, you’ll find that you’ll get invited to be a member of a discussion panel. These can be held at conventions, town halls, employee meetings, training programs and a variety of other functions.

Many think these are an easy way to ease into public speaking, for you are not standing there on stage all by yourself. But, because you’ll be sharing the stage with others … and more than likely one or more of them will have a strong, take-charge personality … there is an art to being an effective panelist. Use these strategies to leverage your spot on the panel into an opportunity to provide good information and communicate your personal brand.

Control your introduction.
Be sure to give the moderator or person introducing the panel a concise, accurate introduction. Don’t leave this up to fate!

Be professional.
Just because you aren’t the center of attention, doesn’t mean you can slack off. Arrive on time. Stay until the end. Pay attention to what other panelists are saying. Act engaged. Make sure you understand a question before rambling off an answer that could make no sense.

Be prepared.
When you are invited to be a member of a panel, make sure you know the topic so you can adequately prepare. Figure out what questions members of the audience are likely to ask and prepare answers for them. Round up some relevant stories that are related to the topic. Prepare some good sound bytes that will help you be a memorable member of the panel.
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Types of Speeches: The After Dinner Talk

If 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.


The gathering has had a great time. They’ve celebrated some occasion together with a good meal. And now, they are expected to listen to you give a speech!

An after-dinner talk can be tough. Your audience is sated, which could also mean sleepy. They might want to get up from the table and network, flirt or just go home. So your audience is probably not as supportive of you as they might have been at another time. How do you engage them and make them feel the time spent listening to you was worth it?

Tips for developing an effective after dinner talk

Make your speech a dessert.
Your presentation should be story-based and humorous. You story should be relatable and entertaining. Keep things light and sweet like a parfait.

Keep to the overall theme.
Your presentation should align perfectly with the occasion. If the gathering celebrates a successful season of basketball, then your story should relate to basketball or sports in some way.
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Business Presentations – Use “Power Pitching” – Get the Personal Edge

Patricia FrippBy Featured Speaker Patricia Fripp

Whenever and whatever you’re pitching, dozens of factors will figure in the final decision of your prospects. All else being equal, you have the edge if you can establish a personal connection. Connect emotionally and intellectually, so they like and trust you more than your competitors. How can you get your prospects to like you? Try these tips.

Focus and be sincere.
If you appear nervous or unsure, you may seem devious or incompetent. If your sales presentation does not respond to their concerns and you just grind on with a prepared pitch, they will decide you don’t care about them and their problems. Look people right in the eyes and convince them that you stand 100% behind the ideas, products, or services that you want to sell them. Pick up on their concerns, and address them.

“Divide and conquer.”
If you’re doing a sales presentation, shake hands with everyone as they enter the room. Connect with them so you see them as individuals, and you become more memorable to them too. (People are usually more shy of groups of strangers than in one-on-one contacts.)
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