How to Boost Your Speaker Impact and Influence – An Interview With Daniel Priestley

Boost Your Speaker Influence

There’s a good reason why speakers who focus on influence ahead of directing audiences have greater appeal and impact.

That’s because, as author and management expert Ken Balchard puts it so well:

The key to succesful leadership today is influence, not authority.

And the same is true when it comes to being perceived as a thought leader.

Of course, that can seem easier said than done.

And while most everyone, likely including you, would say “Yes please, I’d love to feel I could score more highly on influence when speaking”…


Do Your Stories Pass the Speaker Smell Test?

Do people believe your stories?

How are your ‘Spidey senses’ when it comes to sniffing out if a story you hear and then think “Fabulous. That would be perfect for my talk” is true or not? And does the word ‘real’ matter ?


Why Finding a Great Place to Write Can Lead to More Inspiring Speeches

where to write your speechesHow do you get your head into the right place to pen inspiring speeches or presentations?

I found myself thinking about this question last weekend while on a romantic weekend away with my missus in the gorgeous county of Kerry and taking in the breathtaking coastal views on the road from Sneem to Waterville.

Now I know what you’re thinking:


Hurrah! Why Being an Entertaining Speaker Doesn’t Have to be Hard Work

Do you have to be funny as a speakerRiddle me this: Do you think you need to be funny or entertaining to be a better or more popular speaker?

The hackneyed, ‘ba-dum-ch’ refrain to this question at professional speaker conferences around the world is always a resounding:

“Only if you want to get paid!”

And there’s myriad anecdotal evidence that these words ring true. Speakers who combine being entertaining with an ability to deliver demonstrably valuable and actionable ideas are in short supply and regularly get paid more for their services.

Of course, that’s hardly surprising. They make event organisers look good by pleasing both event attendees and the clients who pay to run events. In short, they make everyone feel like a winner.

Groovy. But, there’s an elephant in the room. What happens if you’d like to be a more in-demand speaker but you’re not very funny (and I’ll let you into a secret, most people fall into this category)? Does that mean that you’re out of luck and destined to play second fiddle to those who can amuse?