Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Monday, June 22, 2015
A favorite part of my business is as the opening keynote speaker at large corporate or association events. Often people approach me afterwards and say ‘I want to do what you do!’ or maybe they say ‘can you give me more ideas on how to be a better speaker’.
You might be a professional speaker (so you probably know of these already) or maybe you speak as part of your role at work; you might enjoy these resources. Here are a few of my fave resources:
How to Win Friends and Influence People – an oldie but a goodie!
Talk Like TED – fantastic summary of the top TED talks and what makes them great
Power Cues – fabulous resource on body language and cues for influence
Resources from the National Speakers Association
Speaker Magazine online – published monthly with valuable articles.
Voices of Experience App – a monthly audio magazine and I love listening to previous year’s interviews also.
A brilliant resource for your slide creation is Slide:olgy by Nancy Duarte
Lou Heckler is my favorite speech coach.
Short Talk expert Hayley Forster can help you prepare for TED like talks that are short.
TED talks I love (there are too many to list however here are two great ones)
What would you add to this list? Love to hear from you.
For more tips and ideas how you can break into the world of professional speaking, check out my video Be Ah-Mazing: How to Become a Professional Speaker on YouTube, then subscribe to my channel for more tips to live an Ah-Mazing life!
Friday, June 19, 2015
Monday, June 15, 2015
Friday, June 12, 2015
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Want to get more done?
Want to create more significant moments that matter?
Want to conquer your world today?
Try three strategies to help you be even more ah-mazing today!
Do it! I know I know … you hear it all the time! It’s the most simple and yet most important first step. Do you get a great feeling when you cross something off your list? I do. We procrastinate for so many reasons and sometimes we just have to put our big girl (or guy) shoes on and do it. Enough said. If you want to know how to procrastinate on purpose – check out Rory Vaden’s book.
What task or activity you need to do today to feel a sense of accomplishment?
Systemize – systems create freedom. Rituals and routines allow your brain to focus on more important activities. Set up systems and follow them. Simple. Choose your three not negotiable activities for today and do that. Start there. Just do it. Systemize… you seeing a pattern here?
What system do you need to set up so that you can focus that enormous brain power on something more important?
Invest 15 minutes – we share this strategy all the time and that’s because it works for all our clients. Invest 15 minutes on the task you want to get achieved and watch how quickly you get things done. Change your meetings to 15 minutes and give people time back. Workout for 15 minutes and feel more energized. Invest 15 minutes cutting up snacks for the week and eat healthier. Spend 15 minutes on Sunday picking out your week’s outfits (that tip is courtesy of brilliant stylist and speaker Megan Kristel).
What could you spend 15 minutes on today to feel like you are conquering something in your life?
To conquer your world it’s the little things that make the biggest impact.
What do you do to conquer your world everyday? We’d love to hear from you. Share your comments with us here below.
You might also like this week’s edition of Ah-Maze TV called Conquer the world.
Monday, June 08, 2015
Do you like to watch TED talks?
Do you want to have more impact when you speak?
You might enjoy this book Talk Like TED.
Like many of you, I love to read and stay current on the latest thinking and trends. TED.com is a great website that features thought leaders with one idea they believe can impact the planet. Check it out.
A recent book I read breaks down some of the most successful TED talks and it’s a great resource if you do presentations as part of your role.
Want to be more engaging when you speak? Be more memorable? Make an impact?
If you answered yes, check out this book.
Stories are how we learn. Master story tellers make an impact on their audience. Stories can be sourced from your own personal observations, ancient history, current events, world news, even fairy tales.
What stories could you use to make your point?
Delight and surprise
Your audience wants to be surprised, they want to learn something new. What is a novel way to make your point. Bill Gates releases a jar of mosquitos when he shared the impact of malaria in other parts of the world.
What can you do that will surprise and delight?
Make it memorable
One powerful ways to make your message memorable is use a metaphor. Metaphors are memorable and repeatable. It will make your message stick.
What metaphor best summarizes your key message?
Have you read this book? We’d love to hear from you. Share your comments with us here below.
You might also like this week’s edition of Ah-Maze TV called Talk like TED
Friday, June 05, 2015
Tuesday, June 02, 2015
To really live an Ah-Mazing life, get clear on what goals matter most to you.
Recognize when it’s time to recruit help and track progress.
Save your time and energy by focusing on what matters most to you.
In 90 days, what one goal can you achieve in order to live an Ah-Mazing life?
Watch this video and share with us ONE goal you’re going to accomplish in the next 90 days.