Public Speaking Category Archive

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 […]

NSA Workshop

Monday, October 16th, 2006

If you’re interested in coming to Vegas to see me speak in person, here’s your chance. Next month I’ll be presenting a blogging/internet workshop for the Las Vegas chapter of the National Speakers Association.  It will be held at the Imperial Palace (on the Las Vegas Strip) on Saturday, November 11, 2006, 9am-4pm. This presentation will be geared […]

Ask Steve – Where to Begin Your Path of Personal Growth

Saturday, July 15th, 2006

There are so many areas I feel I need to work on in terms of my personal growth that I don’t know where to begin.  When I look at all the articles you’ve written as well as all the books, CDs, and seminars out there, it’s overwhelming.  Where do I even begin? If you’d asked […]

I Can Do It! Seminar

Friday, May 12th, 2006

Last weekend my wife and I attended Hay House’s 3-day I Can Do It! seminar at the Sands Expo here in Las Vegas.  The last time I went to this seminar was in 2004, and I absolutely loved it both times.  In fact, I would have to say that this was the best seminar I’ve ever […]

Humor: Sources for Humor

Friday, April 7th, 2006

Many people think the best way to open a speech is with a joke, and in some situations that can work well, as long as you aren’t merely retelling an old joke your audience has heard before.  The best speakers incorporate abundant humor throughout their speeches.  In the Toastmasters International speech contest, it’s common for a […]

Progressive Training

Saturday, March 25th, 2006

A great idea I learned from weight training is the concept of progressive training.  Progressive training means that you keep gradually increasing the weights you lift (over a period of weeks, months, and years), so you always experience a high degree of challenge in your training.  In broader terms progressive training means changing various aspects of your training […]

Is Self-Help a Scam?

Monday, March 13th, 2006

The self-help industry is frequently criticized for being poulated by scam artists who overpromise and underdeliver.  Is this a valid criticism?  Let’s take a deeper look into the dark side of self-help. False promises One of the biggest problems in the self-help industry is that promoters make false promises.  They promise hugely unrealistic results, as […]

Personal Growth on Steroids: The Strategy of Immersion

Friday, March 10th, 2006

If you want to expand your horizons and try new things in life, the strategy of immersion is one of the best ways to do it.  Instead of merely dipping your toes in the water, immersion means you dive in head first.  This isn’t a strategy that appeals to the timid; however, with a sufficient […]

Humor Skills

Wednesday, December 14th, 2005

Can humor skills be developed?  Yes, absolutely. I’ve had a strong sense of humor since I was a child.  I would sometimes get in trouble for making witty commentary in class, causing the room to bust out laughing.  In fact, I still do this today in group situations.  But this always came to me as a natural […]