What's your twist

What’s your twist? Make your talk interesting, not just informative

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A couple of weekends ago, I sat staring at my computer. I was working on my TEDx talk about women in leadership and politics –  and I knew it was missing something. My first draft was good – about the benefits of having more women in elected office, the gender stereotypes female candidates face, and some stats thrown in for …

A shortage of women speakers?

A shortage of women speakers?

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I was surprised while I was listening to a podcast the other day when the hosts, who also run a pretty large marketing conference, said that 70-80% of the speaker submissions they receive are from men. They want to have an equitable lineup of men and women speakers, and they came pretty close at their most recent conference. But, they …

Do you know your audience’s tragedy to triumph story?

Do you know your audience’s tragedy to triumph story?

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As I’ve been watching the Rio Olympics, fast forwarding through the commercials to get to the action (sorry, NBC), I found myself rewinding to pause and watch the profiles of key athletes, like swimmers Katie Ledecky and Dana Vollmer and gymnasts Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas. Why? Because it makes the Olympics so much more interesting to watch when I …

Where do ideas come from

Where do ideas come from?

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Have you ever had an idea, a this-is-it! idea that you got really excited about, whether for a new talk or a new product or a new business or a new way of approaching what you do? And then you come across another person or company that’s doing almost the exact same thing in the same way, kind of like …

What happens when you show up

What happens when you show up

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I got 3 speaking engagements in the past week, with just a couple of short emails. No need for lengthy speaking proposals. No need to “prove” myself with a long bio listing all of my past speaking experience and qualifications. No need for a dazzling video. Easy, right? Well, yes, the emails were easy to write and the turnaround time …

3 Things to Consider if People Don't Like Your Presentation

​What should you do if people don’t like your talk?

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I remember being angry while attending a conference about 10 years ago. This was a tech conference, so there were the usual software demos, technical speakers, and panel discussions on the latest and greatest in code techniques, databases, and programming interfaces. Exciting stuff, I know, although not typically the kind of content that will rile you up. Back then, I …

What you seek is seeking you

What are you looking for?

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A couple was traveling from one village to the next when they came upon a farmer working in his field. They stopped to ask him what the people in the next village were like. The farmer asked, “What were the people like in the last village?” The couple replied, “They were rude, unfriendly, dishonest people.” “You’ll find the people in …

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Invite Resistance to Dinner

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“The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.” – Steven Pressfield, The War of Art Ah, Resistance, my close friend. We go way back and have frequent visits together. You probably get visits from Resistance too. She likes to have a lot of friends and often shows …

Your audience is the hero.

Make Your Audience the Hero: Tips for Creating Compelling Presentations

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I have a guest post today on the Main Street Vegan blog on using the hero’s journey to make your presentations more compelling and impactful for your audience. Check it out at http://mainstreetvegan.net/make-your-audience-the-hero-tips-for-creating-compelling-presentations-by-carol-morgan-cox-vlce/. How I became connected with Main Street Vegan: Back in August 2014, I had the pleasure of attending the Main Street Vegan Academy to become certified as a Vegan Lifestyle …

The Danger of Piecemeal Work

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With my calendar getting filled up week by week, I find myself trying to slot in 30 or 60 minutes here and there for the focused activities I wanted to do, like writing, researching, and thinking through ideas to grow Speaking Your Brand into a training and development company. But, this strategy of piecemeal work wasn’t cutting it. I would start …

Join Me for this Free Webinar Series: Build Your Business with Speaking

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Are you interested in doing more speaking for your business, but not sure how to get started finding speaking engagements or knowing what to talk about? Are you currently speaking at groups and events, but not getting the business results you want? Do you need help structuring your presentation to make it more engaging for your audience? Join me in this …

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Public Speaking: The Most Underutilized Marketing Strategy?

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As an entrepreneur or small business owner, especially if you’re just starting out, it can be hard to be heard in the online noise of social media updates, blog posts, and Facebook ads that are constantly competing for your audience’s attention. However, there is a marketing strategy that is underutilized by most entrepreneurs and can make a significant impact on …