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What I’ve learned after giving over 730 professional speeches

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I was terrified the first time I spoke at a conference It was in front of 2,000 people as a keynote address, representing American Airlines, discussing the future of CRM. Standing backstage, my adrenaline was pumping. I couldn’t remember what I was going to say. You know the feeling when… Read more »

Don’t do this if you want to speak at a conference

  Putting on conferences is increasingly harder, so organizers are resorting to trading speaking slots for sponsorship dollars. The result is that most conferences devolve into pitchfests, where vendors shamelessly sell, like above. Here is one example of where they reached out and I replied asking for more information: So… Read more »

7 Ways Speakers Misbehave at a Conference

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John Chow has 8 killer tips on how to supercharge your conference productivity. But how about the stuff you absolutely shouldn’t do? Promote your stuff.  Ironically, the best way to generate business is to never tout your own stuff. Let your knowledge speak for itself and let others speak for you. Read your… Read more »

How to not suck at public speaking

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I was so afraid of speaking publicly that I hid until I had to come out.   Even a meeting with just 5 people gave me the shivers– I’d freeze up and later kick myself on all the clever things that I should have said then.   Fast forward a… Read more »