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Speakers Training Camp Fall sessions

I’m very excited about our Fall line-up of Speakers Training Camp workshops. Here are the upcoming dates:
Speakers Training Camp Instructor Certification: September 11-12-13, Hood River, Oregon
Speakers Training Camp public workshop: October 9-10, Portland, Oregon (space is limited)
On-Site training: two-day, one-day, and half-day sessions (call for availability)

Speech Advice to Kate from the SpeakersTrainingCamp®

Oh Kate! Please do not read your speech. You are way too youthful, energetic, talented, and bright…. instead, use the SpeakersTrainingCamp® techniques of speaking from your heart. Yes, this was her first speech, she was nervous, and unsure of herself, but instead of reading, I suggest that she put her thoughts into a few key words on a really nice, sturdy 8×10″ card. It would contain key words that would trigger her thoughts in a conversational way. It would look something like this:
Honored to be here
William – miss him
That’s it. See how easy that would be? Glance down at your …

Stage Fright Tips for Adele

Adele carried an armful of Grammy awards late Sunday night, but her stage fright will go on….. unless she decides to change it. It’s always been amazing to me that even the most famous people, doing what they do best, can suffer from debilitating stage fright: Barbara Streisand, Johnny Carson, Carol King (just to name a few). It has even shortened many careers. Adele’s stage fright has been labeled as “crippling”. That’s no fun, so I’m offering some advice – which also applies to speakers and presenters.
When asked on the 60 Minutes news show why she was so scared, Adele …

Quick Tips: Telling Great Stories in Business Presentations

Not just any story – what makes a really really great story? Here are the critical elements:
1. Use material that speaks to you. Almost any area of your life can be a source for a story – a trip, an adventure, a family gathering, a success, a failure, etc.The important thing is that it should ignite emotion within. You have to “feel” the story in order to tell it well.
2. Set the scene.Describe the details in three dimensions: help your audience to see the story as though it’s happening right now, help them to experience the story through descriptive words, …

Best Sales Tip Ever!

I am very excited today, because I have just finished an enormous project. I’ve just shipped (well-emailed) my popular Sales Presentations Training Camp to Ireland. Soon it will become available to the other Certified Instructors in the US and around the World. I really enjoyed plunging into the depths of sales and researching the question,”why do people buy?”.
There is one secret that pops out – people buy for their reasons, not yours. So the key is to ask the #1 question: “What are your top-two priorities for choosing this product/service?” Then, in an interactive discussion, address those top-two priorities. …