I’ve been paid to speak, train, and consult for over 35 years. I will let you in on the dirty little secret of the training industry… When you have a great speaker delivering content the audience is genuinely interested in, even in the most ideal situation, two weeks later the audience will have forgotten 70% of what they heard. Certainly the 30% your audience actually remembers can and usually does make a big difference – if they’re committed. However, the best way to maximize your investment in training and coaching is repetition and reinforcement. (more…)
The Dirty Little Secret & What You Can Do about It
Make Decisions for Your Tomorrows Not Just Your Todays
It’s a thrill to be honored as one of the National Speakers Association’s 10 Leading Ladies! All of us have served as president of the Association over the last forty-three years.
The NSA was only 10 years old, when I became its first woman president. As young association, one of our greatest “growing up” challenges was to stop simply worrying each year, “What are we going to do this year?” and to start thinking long-term. (more…)
Would You Like to Be… A Better Communicator? A Leader?
Long before I became a Hall of Fame Speaker and an in-demand speech coach, I joined Cable Car Toastmasters in San Francisco, California. Who might have guessed how that action would influence my life and help launch a career I never would have imagined? It’s an honor and delight to deliver the keynote at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2015 Toastmasters International Convention in Las Vegas this evening. I am looking forward to meeting a truly international group of attendees. The semifinalists in the 2015 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking hail from every continent, except Antarctica. (Although, I understand a club has been established at Antarctica’s McMurdo research station.) On Friday, the prestigious Golden Gavel Award will be presented to Nobel laureate and humanitarian, Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh. In case you didn’t know, Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization teaching public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network. If you cannot make it to Las Vegas this week, I encourage you to take advantage of a Toastmasters club near you. Here is a short piece from the organization about its expanding international growth: (more…)
Charisma – You Have It Too
I always say, “There’s no point in going anywhere if people don’t remember you were there.” Being memorable is key to effective networking, persuasive sales conversations, and powerful presentations. You can make yourself more memorable by building emotional connections and using “you-focused” language in all of your communications – and by cultivating your natural charisma. (more…)