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 – […]

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As an executive speech coach I often talk about the importance of connecting with your audience, both intellectually and emotionally. Fundamental to connecting with your audience is, building your presentation around a strong structure, telling vivid and authentic stories, and utilizing body language that supports your message. My friend and fellow presentation skills expert, Craig […]

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The Wit and Wisdom of Phyllis Diller My friend Brian Palmer is one of the most creative and ethical professionals in our speaking industry.  He is president of the National Speakers Bureau   which was founded by his father, John Palmer.  Back in the day, John was a well-known bandleader and performed with Phyllis Diller. Brian […]

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John Palmer was the founder of the National Speakers Bureau and before that a well-known band leader. Brian Palmer, his son and now the President of the NSB is known as one of the most creative and ethical professionals in our speaking industry. As part of a recent interview with Brian these were his closing […]

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Here are some great strategies to keep your audience engaged from Olivia Mitchell.  Olivia is a well-known presentation trainer based in Wellington, New Zealand.  Notice what she has to say about storytelling… I agree completely! What to do when you’re losing your audience… Are there a lot of yawns and sleepy eyes in your audience? Use […]

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Want to be Funnier? Robert Fripp & John Kinde Have a Lot in Common by Patricia Fripp My brother Robert Fripp always tells his audiences that he started tone deaf with no sense of rhythm. However, he learned, rehearsed, and had the discipline to become one of the greatest guitarists in the world. My friend, […]

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Anytime you’re giving a speech, always remember it’s a conversation. Sometimes we fall into the trap of thinking we’re presenting a monologue. It’s easy to think of a speaker as the vehicle delivering a load of wisdom. In reality, every speech is a conversation. A two-way conversation with the audience. It’s important to remember that […]

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Bill Gates spoke in Las Vegas on January 7, 2007. Arriving almost four hours early guaranteed me a seat about 100 yards from the speaking platform. Thank goodness for big-screen projection. The crowd and the lines were something like a Rolling Stones concert. Except there were more geeks. About an hour from the start of […]

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Fellow students of humor, stand up and make ’em laugh! I say “fellow students” because through teaching others and making techniques and concepts graspable I, too, gain more clarity. I’m still on my own ever-changing path of humor mastery. Many of you have heard me speak in person. One of the favorite things that I […]

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Twenty to thirty years ago, humor was commonly used to sell low-priced products. We remember Mr. Whipple squeezing the Charmin and Clara Peller asking “Where’s the beef?” Today, when you watch TV, you’re likely to see humor being used to sell automobiles. Over the years, advertisers have gained a greater appreciation of the value of […]

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