A Real Expert

There is a stumbling block to getting started as a speaker that is rooted in the impostor syndrome. It sounds like this: “But I’m not a real expert so why would they want to hear from me?” The question then is, what is a real expert? I believe you can credibly present yourself as a real expert on aContinue reading “A Real Expert”

The Trap of Almost Knowing

I had a painful, shameful memory yesterday. I recalled a speaking engagement from some years ago that ended with my being cut-off mid-sentence by the host because I had gone over my time. There were several of us slated to speak that night which meant that our host had to manage a tight schedule. IContinue reading “The Trap of Almost Knowing”

10, 25, 45

I’m very interested in public speaking. I enjoy doing it and I enjoy listening to a great speaker. It’s a wonderful, even essential skill to develop for anyone who wants to have more influence, for those who wish to lead. To that end, for those aspiring to increase their influence through public speaking, I’d likeContinue reading “10, 25, 45”

A little more risk, a lot more luck

Here’s a little inspiration for your Monday: Years ago, just starting out in my business as a leadership coach and organizational consultant, I decided to market myself by doing a bunch of pro bono speaking engagements. Organizations like Rotary Club always need speakers and this newly minted “freelancer” needed the practice. On one occasion IContinue reading “A little more risk, a lot more luck”