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Professional Speakers – Do You Hate to Talk about Money?

100 Dollar Bills

Are you afraid to talk about money? If you aren’t willing to assign a value to your work, your prospects will do it for you and your work will probably be undervalued.

As a speech coach, I work with professional speakers to help them develop more powerful and persuasive presentations, my friend and colleague, Lois Creamer works with professional speakers to help them book more business, make more money, and avoid costly mistakes. I share Lois’ helpful advice for speakers, explaining how to determine and negotiate your professional speaking fees.

Money Talk: Book More Business Style!
by Lois Creamer

So many times when I talk to professional speakers I hear the following, “I hate to talk about money!” My reply (and I’m only half-kidding), “Then you better get a different job. Perhaps something in retail where price tags are used.” Continue reading ‘Professional Speakers – Do You Hate to Talk about Money?’

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Sales – Prospects Perceive Value Through Your Commitment

Sales Person on Call with Prospect

Your commitment is going to build trust, rapport, respect, and credibility that will be transferred to value. Prospects define and buy value.

When you lose business you should have captured, you lose twice. First, you don’t get the sale or the cash flow. Secondly, your competitor gets both. It is not your prospect’s job to remember you. It is your responsibility to make sure they do not have the chance to forget you. I share this advice from my friend Scott Plum, sales expert and sales coach, on demonstrating your commitment to your prospect, by making yourself unforgettable.

Prospects Define Value by Your Commitment And Persistence
by Scott Plum

Lately I’m hearing a lot of salespeople say they call prospects, leave messages and they never call them back. Most times the prospect doesn’t answer the phone. In an age where every phone has Caller ID, it is a split second decision to quickly ignore the interruption. When this is true most of the time, we want to ask ourselves, “Why?” Continue reading ‘Sales – Prospects Perceive Value Through Your Commitment’

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Celebrating Toastmasters’ 90th Anniversary

Toastmasters International LogoCongratulations to Toastmasters International on its 90th anniversary! Let us celebrate Toastmasters’ 90 years, as a non-profit educational organization helping men and women around the world develop their public speaking and leadership skills. Before I ever established myself as a professional keynote speaker, before I had the honor of serving as the first female president of the NSA (National Speakers Association), and long before I became the founder and creator of Fripp Virtual Training… I joined Toastmasters.  I share this from Toastmasters on the remarkable history of the organization and Toastmasters’ extraordinary role in nurturing and shaping the public speaking and leadership skills of generations of speakers worldwide. Continue reading ‘Celebrating Toastmasters’ 90th Anniversary’

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Impact Phrases – Are You Throwing Away Your Opportunities?

Executive Speech Coach Patricia Fripp helps individuals improve their presentations through Fripp Virtual Training.

Executive Speech Coach Patricia Fripp helps people improve their public speaking and presentation skills through Fripp Virtual Training.

If it is your goal to be a great communicator, make it your goal to be remembered and repeated. One approach to making your ideas more memorable is to pay close attention to the way you order your words and phrases, even within a single sentence. Audiences are most able to engage with us when we present information in a natural progression which helps them “see” what we are attempting to convey.  Like a miniature story, a single well-crafted sentence can draw your audience in, enabling them to connect both intellectually and emotionally as they follow your narrative to its conclusion. Continue reading ‘Impact Phrases – Are You Throwing Away Your Opportunities?’

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Public Speaking – How to Recognize And Reject Unhelpful Feedback

Feedback

Taking the wrong feedback to heart can actually make a good speech a bad one.

An outside perspective on your presentation or public speaking skills is often the best way to discover where you can improve your content or delivery. However, ask yourself: “Is this person giving their advice truly qualified to help me? Does this person have my best interests at heart? Am I asking for their input, or do they have their own motivation to give it to me?” Sometimes unsolicited feedback says much more about the giver than the recipient. My friend and fellow presentation skills expert, Darren LaCroix, will be joining me Wednesday – Friday, December 3 – 5, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada for our Get Coached to Speak speech coaching camp. In this article, Darren explains how to recognize and avoid feedback that can harm, rather than help, your public speaking and presentations.

“Authentic” Feedback?
by Darren LaCroix Continue reading ‘Public Speaking – How to Recognize And Reject Unhelpful Feedback’

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Do You Treat Others, Even Strangers, with Courtesy?

Jane Jenkins Herlong

Author, Speaker, and Humorist, Jane Jenkins Herlong

I like to say, “A stranger is a friend, or a customer, you have not met yet.” My friend Jane Jenkins Herlong is a humorist, speaker, and author.  You may have enjoyed her comedy and songs on Sirius XM Radio and Pandora. I share this story from her book, Bare Feet to High Heels – You Don’t Have to be a Beauty Queen to be a Beautiful Person. Jane reminds us to treat others, even those we have not met yet, with courtesy.

Hey, Sweet Thang!
by Jane Jenkins Herlong

Every time I hear the words, “sweet thing,” I think of my pal, Red. One hot July day in the little town of Gaffney at the South Carolina Peach Festival, I met Big Red.
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Three Ways to Emotionally Connect with Your Audience

Audience Applauding

For successful public speaking, you must connect with your audience emotionally.

The most powerful communication combines both intellectual and emotional connections.  For effective public speaking, whether your audience is one or 1,000, you must connect with your audience emotionally. Consider how you might put these three fundamental techniques for emotional connection into practice: Continue reading ‘Three Ways to Emotionally Connect with Your Audience’

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Public Speaking – Delivery Strategy

Microphone

Your audience will feel comfortable, when you look confident.

After you have crafted and rehearsed your presentation, review your delivery strategy.

Public speaking can create an adrenaline rush, so when you are about to take the stage you may feel charged with energy or a bit nervous. Your audience will feel comfortable, when you look confident. Remember, nobody knows how you feel; they just know how you act.
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Do You Alienate Your Audience? Make a “You” Turn

If we focus too much on ourselves in our presentations we run the risk of losing our audience and failing to get our message across - even if our content and delivery is strong. I share some insights on this from Darren LaCroix. Darren and I will be teaming up Wednesday – Friday, December 3 – 5, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada for our Get Coached to Speak speech coaching camp.

Speaker at Podium

How many times have you been stuck listening to a speaker on an ego trip?

How many times have you been stuck listening to a presenter on an ego trip? A speaker who sounds like their primary message to the audience is, “It’s all about me!” has forgotten one of the foundations of effective speaking… It’s all about the audience! Continue reading ‘Do You Alienate Your Audience? Make a “You” Turn’

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There Are No Shortcuts to Effective Sales Conversations

Sales Expert Scott Plum

Scott Plum, Founder of the Minnesota Sales Institute

If a potential client is willing to engage initial conversation, they have an underlying reason to consider your product or service. Sales conversations are most effective when they are focused on your client’s concerns – not the product or service you provide. There are no shortcuts to effective sales conversations.  Always take the time to understand your potential client’s concerns - usually this means asking good questions! Listen to, and really hear, their responses. Consider how your product or service can meet their needs on an intellectual and emotional level. Respond with ‘you’-focused language. If your client’s needs are not seen, or of no real interest to you, you will most likely lose the sale. My friend, sales expert and sales coach, Scott Plum shares this helpful article on the subject. Enjoy!

You’re Not Being Tested
by Scott Plum

He walked into my office and sat down. I asked him, “How you doing since our last session?” He replied with, “I’m still struggling with confidence. I wish I saw me how others see me. I want to earn their (prospects) respect and when they come into the store, I want them to value working with me. I want to offer them value, so they’ll buy from me.
Continue reading ‘There Are No Shortcuts to Effective Sales Conversations’

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