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Like everything else in the world, public speaking has evolved. Yahoo! Now, instead of working up the courage to do something that only a handful of people do, we can embrace public speaking as a bonafide business choice. We can become speakers as a way to increase our audience, and we can become speakers to share our message. Either way, speakers have never been more important. Why? Two reasons for starters:
1)… People just don’t have as much time as they used to. Years ago, if someone wanted to learn about something, the easiest option was to buy a book. That’s just not the case these days. Yes, Kindle devices have made books more portable for sure, but the biggest shift has been with audio books. According to Statista.com, between 2009 and 2015, the number of audio book titles published rose from approximately 4,600 to over 35,500. That’s a lot of audio titles. It’s also evidence that while people might not have time to sit and read, they are finding ways to sit and listen.
And that’s what people in your audience are doing. They are sitting and listening to what you have to say, many of them grateful for the opportunity to learn without having to read a book. 
2)… People always have, and always will, love to window shop! As a speaker, you’re providing the people in your audience with the opportunity to listen to you speak—aka window shop. By the time you’re done speaking, they’ll have made a couple of decisions. First, they’ll have decided if they like the content of what you’re saying. Second, they’ll have decided whether you’ve presented yourself as someone who can be trusted. The advantage for you is that those people have basically pre-qualified themselves on their own. This is a win for you because as soon as you step off the stage, you’ll know that the people coming up to speak with you are true potential customers and clients for your product and/or service.
There’s nothing quite like listening to someone share their message in person. Think back to audiences you’ve sat in. How many times have you been inspired, educated, informed, or entertained? That’s what speaking is all about… sharing something of value with people who might not have access to it otherwise. It really is just that simple. 
February 27, 2018

Why Speakers Matter More Than Ever

Like everything else in the world, public speaking has evolved. Yahoo! Now, instead of working up the courage to do something that only a handful of […]
February 13, 2018

Remembered for All the Right Reasons

When people first start thinking about becoming a speaker, they have a vision in their mind about what it will be like. If they like the […]
January 23, 2018

What Could Athletes and Speakers Possibly Have in Common?

Being the tennis buff that I am, I’ve been trying to watch as much of the Australian Open tennis tournament as I can. There’s no doubt […]
January 9, 2018

Have you Cleared Your Speaker Hurdles Yet?

The New Year brings with it a blank slate—except for the fact that very few of us are actually starting from scratch, and that makes it […]
December 24, 2017

‘Tis the Season to Give, Give, Give

There’s a lot to be said about both sides of the holiday sentiment of it being better to give than to receive. After all, haven’t there […]
December 20, 2017

It’s Your Wonderful Life!

December is such a busy month for professionals like you and me! Yes, it’s tempting to use the holidays as an excuse to put business aside […]
November 28, 2017

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes…

Walk a mile in someone’s shoes? I did that recently as Speaker Chair for a local conference! The conference was a great success, and now that […]
August 29, 2017

8 Terrific Timing Tips for Speakers

As the expression goes, timing is everything—right? As speakers, so much of what we do revolves around timing in one way or another. From one perspective, […]
June 12, 2017

How do I meet so many people? Networking, of course!

There are two questions I get asked time and time again. How do I find my clients, and how do I meet so many people? The […]
June 12, 2017

SpeakerMatch – A Hidden Gem

Hello there Friend, Yes, of course you need to develop amazing presentations but what happens when it comes to marketing yourself? Do you have to go […]
May 26, 2017

What Do Blind Dates and Speaking Have in Common?

What do blind dates and speaking have in common? More than you might think! With a blind date: You know very little about the other person. […]
November 15, 2016

Have you ever thought about teaching an Adult Education class?

Have you ever thought about teaching an Adult Education class?  If you haven’t, now is a great time. Winter is approaching. By springtime people will be […]