WHY SPEAK IN PUBLIC TO PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS?

       Why do you need to speak in public to promote your business? You've got an interactive website, you can blog in your sleep and keep up with social media with one hand. You've even dropped some copy into traditional advertising media. The idea of speaking in public makes you sweat bullets, keeps you awake nights, upsets your digestion and turns you into that nasty old Grouch you promised yourself you'd never, ever be, so why do it?

      If your product or service is so well known, so good it sells itself, you're off the hook. However, if you want to grow your business or move up several rungs on the corporate ladder, how can you ignore such a valuable marketing tool? Maybe you want to start a whole new company based on that invention your brother-in-law came up with that you think is dynamite. How will you spread the word and attract venture capital? 

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NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF YOUR VOICE

      "Why does the mere thought of speaking in front of a group of people turn grownups who are otherwise  calm, confident, successful performers in the workplace into frightened little kids? What is so terrifying about the sound of our own voice? Speaking... for anyone who has not yet figured this out... is sexy.

      That's right, giving a speech in front of a roomful of people you don't know and will probably never see again... or worse, that you do know and will have to face again tomorrow... is one of the sexiest ways to communicate known to modern humankind. Where would civilization be if men and women hadn't learned to talk?

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THE TEMPO OF OUR SPEECH

      "What is the most important thing to remember when you get up to give a speech?" Here are a few common answers.  
      "Have lots of slides, so they won't be looking at me all the time."
      "Don't forget my notes."
      "Wear comfortable shoes."
      "Make sure they can hear me."

      There are probably as many answers as there are public speakers.  Here's mine: Most important? That the audience hears me and understands what I'm saying.
 
      The primary vehicle we use to make sure they understand us is, naturally, our voice. How we feel about giving the speech will influence how we sound when we actually begin to talk.

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WHAT MAKES A SPEECH GREAT?

      If I asked you, "What's the greatest speech you've ever heard in your lifetime?," would you have an immediate answer? Or would you have to think about it for awhile? For some people a great speech and a great speaker will spring to mind without any hesitation just because
they were so memorable. 

      For many of us, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963 is the first to come to mind. We know it as his "I Have A Dream" speech.  We revisit that moment every year on Dr. King's birthday and we can hear it any time on YouTube.  It's accessible electronically in a way that most other historic speeches are not.  How lucky for us. 

      What made that speech great?  Why do we remember it?  It touches us in a way that few other speeches in our history have.  What did Dr. King say that was so special?  

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MAKE 2017 YOUR YEAR!

Last year I confessed that every year at this time I make a few New Year's Resolutions that I have every intention of keeping. And sometimes I actually do keep them. Sometimes I don't.  
     
      There are a few Resolutions that I seem to carry forward from year to year.  One is something about my weight.  Others are about getting organized, making more money, playing the piano again (I was pretty good for a 14-year-old) or finally getting to see the Grand Canyon. They're like old friends that I've grown really fond of and don't want to let go of.  

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4 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU SPEAK

       At this time of year, when we're all celebrating many different holidays, we're often called upon to say a few words, or maybe more than a few, to express our thoughts and warm feelings toward our families, friends and colleagues. In order to make speaking to a large  crowd or a few close friends and family a happy experience, here are a few helpful, easy to follow secrets that experienced speakers use to entice and entertain their audiences.

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