Why You Never Want Audiences to Admire Your Speaking Performances

Seek connection ahead of performance when speakingWhat makes you gravitate towards, enjoy and place greater value in one speaker ahead of another?

At one of the many late night networking discussions held at a bar (well, it would rude not to) during the recent annual American professional speakers’ marque conference – NSA Influence – in Florida, I was especially struck by a fascinating conversation with a collection of my fellow pro speakers from around the globe (from Ireland, Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, the United States, and more).

The topic was this: Which of the event speakers who had spoken by then did we rate most highly and why?

And despite differences you might expect for cultural, topic preference or other reasons, pretty much everyone went for the same top speakers and gave remarkably similar reasons for their choices.

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What You Should Learn From Awesome Speakers (And Why Imitation is Folly)

Learn from JFK Public SpeakingIf you want to hone your speaking skills, should you check out the best practices of awesome speakers and make it your business to learn from these folks so you can emulate or even imitate what they do?

After all, why reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to and weren’t Mark Twain and George Bernard Shaw right when they said:

  • “There’s no such thing as a new idea. That’s impossible.” and
  • “Imitation isn’t just the sincerest form of flattery – it’s the sincerest form of learning”.

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Create More Compelling Facebook Videos With These 7 Ideas from Andrea Vahl

Facebook video tips from andrea vahlVideo content isn’t just hot these days; it has become the dominant type of content consumed online (In fact, studies show it’s set to account for 74% of all web traffic this year).

And if you’re not creating easy to find and compelling video content to promote your business on Facebook or YouTube, chances are you’ll lose out to competitors who do. After all, out of sight is out of mind.

But, here’s the snag. Although 96% of businesses say they plan to use video over the next year, many business leaders either don’t know or have yet to figure out how to create interesting video content.

If that sounds like you and you’d like some quick tips that can set you up for greater success when creating video – in this case for Facebook – you’re in luck…

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Why Being Authentic Matters When Creating Business Videos

Create Authentic Business VideosIt’s hard enough for expert speakers to create compelling and inspiring content – but, what does it take to meet both of these goals via business videos AND for these to go viral too? And…Should you want your videos to go viral?

While preparing for a brand new, FREE 7 Day Marketing Video Challenge for SME owners and professionals that I’m rolling out with April Heavens-Woodcock from 8 May 2017 (and you’re welcome to click here, if you’d like to take part), my missus asked me a tough question:

So what makes a video go viral anyway?

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