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Grab Your Audience’s Attention with Your Very First Words

Grab Your Audience’s Attention with Your Very First Words Every member of your audience has in their hands something that could easily be more compelling than you are: their cell phone. Your challenge as a presenter is to grab the attention of your audience away from their phone with your very first words. Unpleasant pleasantries Think about the last presentation you heard. How did the presenter start? They most likely began with something standard like, “Thank you for having me […]

Why Your Technical Expertise is Not Enough

Keeping Your Audience Engaged and Building Your Business Through Speaking Many financial advisors, insurance agents, and experts give presentations as a marketing strategy. Their goal is to raise visibility and bring in clients from the back of the room. Often, despite knowing that public speaking is a powerful way to build a business, in theory, they find themselves wondering “Why don’t I get better results when I speak?” Here’s the likely reason: when they speak they are relying on their […]

Choosing the Right Speaking Topic

One of the most common questions I receive from clients and audiences is, “What should I speak about?” When I dig a little deeper what they really want to know is, “What topics are hot?” It’s a valid question but not the one they should be focused on. See if you choose your topic based on what’s popular or the business flavor of the moment, you may be setting yourself up for frustration and failure.

How to Manage Your Mindset Before a Speaking Gig

If you want to give a Crazy Good Talk, you must know how to manage your mindset and your energy before you take the stage. This video will show you how.

What to Say to Get Booked for Speaking Gigs

Now that you know WHO to contact to get booked to speak, you might be wondering, “But Deirdre, WHAT do I say?” Don’t worry, in this video you’ll learn exactly what I’ve been saying since 2008 to get booked for both paid and unpaid speaking gigs.  

Who to Contact to Get Booked for Speaking Gigs

If you’re like many business owners I work with you might think, “Deirdre I want to speak, but I don’t know how to get booked!” In this video I reveal the BEST source of speaking leads…it’s right under your nose. This source enabled me to book a talk to 700 ideal prospects, you can too!

Set Up Your Room for Crazy Good Delivery!

You’ve written your talk, you’ve practiced your delivery, but what you might forget to think about is how your room is set up. Room set-up is a critical component to giving a Crazy Good Money-Making Talk. Check out this video to see how I rearranged my room on location at a speaking gig.  

Don’t Make this Closing Mistake! Part 2

You’ve done a Crazy Good job in your talk! But then it happens…you make this very common closing mistake- -all the energy deflates out of the room and your conversion rate goes down. In Part 1 you learned what the mistake is, in this video learn what to do instead.

Don’t Make this Closing Mistake!

You’ve done a Crazy Good job in your talk! But then it happens…you make this very common closing mistake- -all the energy deflates out of the room and your conversation rate goes down. What’s the mistake? Watch this video to find out. Look for part 2 to learn what to do instead.

How to look and feel confident when you open your talk-even when you’re not.

If you’re like most speakers you’re most anxious when you first take the stage. The problem is audiences often pick up on that. Here’s a quick tip that will not only make you feel more confident but you’ll look it too- -even when you’re not.