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5 Easy Pieces: Speakers and Presenters

No matter what your level of expertise as a speaker or presenter, if you follow 5 easy steps when addressing an audience as an expert, it will go a long way towards showcasing your expertise, engaging your audience, and guaranteeing a positive return on your time. If you don’t find yourself at the point where you consider yourself a successful speaker, and recognize the potential for a lucrative income stream, be sure to sign up for training with Speaker Services.  With their vast experience, they will show you moves you never thought about! Don’t sell yourself short and, remember, as you prepare your next presentation, think about using these 5 simple tips as a guideline! Step 1- Know your Audience It’s important to know to whom you are speaking.  If you’re able, communicate with the event planner and find out who will be in the audience, what professions will be represented, and what corporate/employee/guest level will be attending. Ask yourself, “Is the person in the front row at the same experience level as I am, or …

5 Easy Pieces: Throw Away Your Power Point!

Ok, don’t throw Power Point out all together, but make the effort to use the platform to it’s best advantage! You know those presentations, the ones where the lights are dimmed and someone is standing behind a podium, droning in monotone about something, you’re not quite sure because you were lost at the first slide. Snooze fest! Since the dawn of computers and the discovery of a way to dress up a speech or presentation using a more sophisticated method than an old time slide show or 8mm film to get the message to the masses, there is a tendency to be “over creative.” (just like this looong sentence!) Attending conferences, or corporate meetings, it’s easy to see who knows their stuff and who’s relying too heavily on displaying their research of someone else’s knowledge. So, how do we find a way to be knowledgeable and entertaining while presenting important concepts, and keep the audience awake? 1. Editing a Power Point Presentation It’s ok to throw up a lot of ideas, facts, and wisdom in a …

5 Easy Pieces: Yes! You Can Work From Home and be Successful!

How many of us throughout our careers, whether working part-time or on the corporate fast track, wished for a simpler, easier way to make a living from the comfort of our own home? The American dream is now owning your business, operating from a home office, saving money on wardrobe, travel, and lunches out.  Time saved will allow more quality time with your family as well as allow you to keep up with your duties around the house….that’s the vision, right? Watch what you wish for because that dream could become your worst nightmare. If worked right, it’s a win/win situation that generally brings satisfaction, but the pitfalls are many. Here are a few things to keep in mind for adhering to your at home career path: 1.  Workspace and working hours If you have the space, dedicate a room or an area specifically for work. There are tons of wonderful do it yourself sites that present ideas on how to organize and create a workspace that is functional for every budget. I love to collect …

5 Easy Pieces: The Spirit of Giving in a Social Media World

On 12-12-12 one of our clients, Jillian Maas Backman, left a cryptic little note on Facebook  telling us to respect the posts on her page of others, and that she was tired of self-promotion. After being a little dumbfounded and confused we found out what she was really up to! Listening to her intuition and receiving guidance is only one of Jillian’s many talents;  she’s also an award-winning radio host and the author of a best-selling book, Beyond the Pews.  So when the ideal vibrational forces aligned on 12-12-12 she presented her gift to the world of social media, a whole day of sacrificing her own promotional time to only promote her friends, their businesses and endeavors. What a great surprise! The reciprocal part was that it also allowed her to engage on a deeper level by opening up the opportunity to others. Imagine the flurry of excitement when bloggers found their hits soaring, and new people found their way into fresh territory. Facebook and Twitter were abuzz with the promotion of new blogs, ideas, bands …

5 Easy Pieces: Social Media Marketing Done Well! #FriendsofRicki Buzzing for The Ricki Lake Show

As many readers already know, Ricki Lake is scheduled to launch a new talk show this fall and we’ve seen the buzz building and building across all of the major social media networks. On more than one occasion we’ve remarked about the fact that this is social media done right! So, what are they doing to gain such a following of devoted fans? Like all good social media marketing plans, there is a definite strategy.  As outside observers, and sometimes participants, we’ve seen sharing, blogging and strategic placement of information on numerous platforms, a plan that works. 1. Build it, They Will Come Friends of Ricki is a community of diverse people forming an “inner circle” and communicating about all things Ricki Lake.  They are the club, or tribe, relating what’s happening behind the scenes of the new Ricki Lake show.  The friends procure ideas, guest suggestions, and topics of discussion from the fan base and with interaction among Team Ricki members. By blogging on several platforms, including Huffington Post and BlogHer, they are in a position …