Public Speaking Category Archive

Blogging for Money

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Starting a blog is very easy these days. You can start your own blog in a matter of minutes if you want. Many web hosts will even install a blog for you or provide an easy installation process. And of course you can always use a hosted service like WordPress.com or Blogger to get started. […]

Humor Speech

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Recently I competed in Toastmasters International’s annual humor speech contest.  I wrote and delivered a speech titled “39-1/2 Winks,” which was based on my polyphasic sleep experiment. The Toastmasters humor speech contest has 4 levels:  club, area, division, and district.  I won at the club level but lost the area contest.  Technically I came in last place because I was disqualified for running […]

Authenticity

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Authenticity has become the modern currency of blogging. Unlike traditional media sources, most bloggers aren’t beholden to any puppeteers.  To some people this is a whole different kind of problem, but it’s also clearly a key strength of the new media.  With 175,000 new blogs launching every day, blogging is becoming a popular alternative to the filtered, agenda-driven drivel that passes as […]

David Brooks Interview

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

Today I’m happy to share an exclusive interview with David Brooks, an award-winning professional speaker and trainer who has taught more than 10,000 business professionals to speak and write clearly, concisely, and confidently. Recently David came to Las Vegas to give a presentation for Toastmasters, and I was so impressed with his content that I immediately approached him about doing […]

I Can Do It! Conference Review – Day 4

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

The review of the 2007 I Can Do It! Conference concludes. Day 4 – Sunday Group Meetup Steve:  About fifteen people showed up to our 8am meetup.  Not everyone stayed for the duration, although most did.  Fortunately the concourse was not at all crowded and was fairly quiet during that time, so we had a good spot all […]

I Can Do It! Conference Review – Day 3

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

The review of the 2007 I Can Do It! Conference continues. Day 3 – Saturday Bill Phillips – Transformation: You Have the Power and Ability to Change Steve:  After a heart-warming welcome by 80-year old Hay House founder Louise Hay, Bill Phillips took the stage to talk about transformation.  Years ago I’d read his popular book […]

I Can Do It! Conference Review – Day 2

Monday, May 28th, 2007

The review of the 2007 I Can Do It! Conference continues. Day 2 – Friday Brian Weiss, M.D. - Same Soul, Many Bodies Steve:  Friday began with a six-hour workshop on past life regression therapy from Dr. Brian Weiss, author of Many Lives, Many Masters.  The main reason I opted to attend this workshop (there were 9 to choose […]

I Can Do It! Conference Review – Day 1

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

Last weekend Erin and I attended Hay House’s 2007 I Can Do It! Conference at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas.  This was my third year attending this conference and Erin’s second.  You may have seen our review of the 2006 seminar.  Keynote speakers included Dr. Wayne Dyer, Bill Phillips, Doreen Virtue, Christiane Northrup, and Deepak Chopra. I […]

Confessions of an A-List Blogger

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

Since I receive many questions about this topic, I thought it would be fun to share a candid insider’s look at the reality of being an A-list blogger.  These are my personal observations, so I’m not saying they’re true of other high-traffic bloggers, but it wouldn’t surprise me if some of these patterns held up.  While I normally […]

Testing to Failure

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

Testing ideas through direct experience is among the best ways to learn and grow.  If you want to know if an idea really has merit, test it under real-world conditions.  Then you’ll have your answer. For example, suppose you want to ask someone out for a date.  One simple test would be to go right up to the person […]