On Becoming The Lightning Rod

  Hello Speakers & Performers, When I began my career as a showman I was white bread – chloroform – attentive to the need of every audience demanding to be completely entertained by my G-Rated family-friendly show no matter the pain I suffered or the challenge it entailed. I thrived on being able to appease everyone. Somewhere along the line my perfectionism began taking hits on a consistent basis. If it wasn’t the old lady telling me I was too fat to be a Ricky Martin impersonator, or the guy who told me I’d never be successful singing the songs
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How To Create Opportunities For Yourself to Speak

  Of the hundreds that have asked to pick my brain over lunch, and the few I can actually give that time to, the same question comes up time and time again for the budding, and even seasoned, Speaker/Performer: How do I get events and opportunities to speak/perform?  I throw out random ideas that are almost too simple for the listener to conceive of. What?  Of course I belong to an association, but I can’t offer to speak there, that’s by invitation only!  Wait a minute, you’re suggesting I offer to speak at church!?  No, that’s not possible, there’s just
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Take Photos with Your Clients

  Hello Fellow Speakers & Performers looking to ramp up your (show) business. This one almost seems too simple to type up and recommend, devoting an entire blog post to one basic concept. But here it is: Take Photos with Your Clients! What can you do with these photos? Put them on your web site Print them and put in your scrapbook Post what they said about your speech on social media Print and frame them, sign the frame, and send to Client Look at them when you are sad When scrolling through pics you can remember this person and
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The Importance of Practice

  Over the past 3 months I have been coaching a Jr. Jazz team of boys in our neighborhood along with another dedicated Dad, Jeff Hyer. Jr. Jazz is a youth program to teach kids basketball.  We decided to start a team among our boys in cub scouts. Last Saturday’s game we only lost by 40 points. You see, these boys, most of them, have never touched a ball, let alone know how to catch one, dribble, pass, or play the game, it just hasn’t been a part of their young lives yet. Equally, me as a first-time coach, I
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