Public Speaking Category Archive

Lessons From Ron Lewison (1938-2008)

Monday, August 18th, 2008

On Thursday a good friend and fellow Toastmaster named Ron Lewison was in a serious car accident. He was rushed to the hospital, but his injuries were too severe, including a broken pelvis and a punctured lung. Shortly after his family arrived, he passed away. He was 69 years old and is survived by his […]

I Can Do It! Conference Review

Friday, July 4th, 2008

Erin and I had a wonderful time at the Las Vegas I Can Do It! conference this past weekend. Although the conference was only 20 minutes from our home, we stayed at the Venetian Hotel. This is the 4th ICDI conference I’ve attended. In 2004 I went as a regular attendee. In 2006 and 2007, […]

Speaking in Las Vegas on June 29

Monday, April 7th, 2008

I announced this upcoming speaking engagement in my March newsletter, but I want to mention it here too in case any non-subscribers are interested. Hay House is the publisher of my upcoming book, Personal Development for Smart People, and they’ve invited me to speak at their I Can Do It! Conference at the Sands Expo in Las […]

Personal Branding

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Personal branding is basically the way you market yourself to the world. Your personal brand is what other people think of you. In some ways it’s outside your control, but you obviously have some influence over it. Personal branding is unavoidable. As others interact with you, they’ll automatically form mental associations that connect you with certain labels, often within […]

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 […]