Q&A: How Do You Make a Great Demo Video?

  Keynote Speaker & Award-Winning Business Leader Sydne Jacques asks: What are your tips for making a good speaker reel?   Here are my 10 Commandments for making a GREAT DEMO VIDEO/SPEAKER REEL: I – Don’t make it yourself! This may sound obvious, but even if you’ve become adept at editing your own videos due to necessity (see nearly every blog I’ve written in the past 4 months) there is absolutely NEVER a reason to make your own demo or speaker reel. Yes, you can contribute to it, you can suggest edits and what you want in there, but please
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Q&A: Props and Travel Items

  Keynote Speaker & Millennial Expert Clint Pulver asks: What props do you use on stage, how do you travel with them, and what travel items do you take on flights with you, or not take, in order to be comfortable while on the road?   Great questions Clint!   PROPS: I used to lug around every conceivable prop possible. I was like CarrotTop having been banished to an island and he couldn’t decide what to leave home. My act relied on the props.  I was dressing up in full costume of people like Elton John, feathers, glasses, hats, and
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Q&A: Task Outsourcing in Your Business

  Speaker, Entertainer, Emcee & Host Rob Ferre asks: “What tasks have you outsourced that you don’t do anymore?”   Good question, Rob. So, I used to outsource pretty much everything. I’ve outsourced my phone being answered, My email’s being answered, My calendar management, Sales, Video work, Websites, Finances…. Pretty much anything I can outsource, I have tried that. Truth be known, as of right now, in my career, at the end of 2018, we went through a very interesting, weird, year with bookings. So what I did, was having outsourced a lot of things such as even helping create
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Q&A – Who Has Questions?

  Hello My Fellow Speakers, Entertainers, Entrepreneurs ~    I have faithfully written this weekly blog for coming on 2 years now without missing a week (nearly!). For the next 2 months to end the year I’m wondering if there are any questions you have, any blogs you would be interested in me writing, anything I’ve left unanswered that you’ve been waiting for? Please put your comments below and I will either respond there or devote an entire blog post to it.   Please only respond here so everyone else can see – although I appreciate the support on emails and texts
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Promise of the Presenter: Always On Time

  Training for Speakers, Entertainers, and Business Professionals ~    I’m here in Minnesota for an event tomorrow. I’m speaking to a group of financial planners. They’re all getting all set up if you can see over here. They’re all prepared and ready. I don’t speak until tomorrow morning. I could’ve taken a flight here that would’ve gotten me here at 9:00 at night or something, but when I get booked for an event, I get there as early as possible. I took the 8:00 a.m. flight here, which got me here ridiculously early, let’s be honest. But it makes
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Can You Fill In Last Minute?

For Speakers, Entertainers, Trainers, Coaches, and Anyone Who Wants To Be Awesome’r ~      Serving as Emcee for MDRT’s Top of the Table event in Kauai, HI for the past week has been a true honor. To meet, and introduce, some of the best Speakers in the world brings out the fanboy in me. Rubbing shoulders with financial planners and insurance greats in the audience is also fun, they quickly become my real friends and like family, as it’s the world I grew up in with my Dad’s history and work.   After the 1st day as Emcee went
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2nd Step is Greater Than The 1st

    For Speakers, Entertainers, Trainers, and Those Who Long to Improve Their Stage Performance ~   In my trainings I speak about Philipe Petit, the French wire-walker acrobat, juggler, and artist, who bravely danced between NYC’s Twin Towers on August 7, 1974, just prior to their completion, a quarter mile above the ground, and was subsequently….arrested (I highly recommend both the documentary “Man on Wire”, as well as the Hollywood remake, “The Walk“). That day not only did Philippe become a legend, but he brought life to these towers that critics had called ugly and unfortunate, whereas Philippe saw
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How Much Do You Customize?

For Speakers, Entertainers, Trainers, and Those Who Long to Improve Their Stage Performance ~   The other day I landed in Vermont for my first event ever in that State. I looked around as the rain poured down, and I had to laugh, as my wife was so excited to see my photos of the leaves turning colors and I was there at the perfect time of year. Everywhere I looked was absolutely stunning…and absolutely green. Not a dead, nor dying, autumn leaf in the entire State.  In fact, I drove up and down the interstate for over 2 hours
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What Could Have Been

Philosophy For Speakers, Entertainers & Performers ~   Tomorrow night my longtime friend, and extremely successful performer, will sell out a venue in SLC, UT, where I dreamt of performing with my name on the marquee when my career began almost 20 years ago. I won’t be there, although I support his career fully and always have, always will.  In fact, I haven’t missed one of his annual appearances in town in over a decade. I will instead be with my family on a date we blocked off on the calendar many months ago, to be together during one of
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My New Keynote

  Training & Philosophy For Speakers, Entertainers, Performers, and Imperfect Perfectionists ~    This morning I will walk on stage and do a Keynote I have now only done once before, and that was yesterday. 70% BRAND NEW MATERIAL.  What am I thinking?  This is a full fee event! How often we change things up on ourselves is determined by our willingness to fail, which in turn allows us to succeed at levels yet attained. When we find a formula for speaking, performing, entertaining, we tend to stick with it. Question is: How long should you?  In the past year
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