The Speaker’s Best Gift: Presence

By Jane Atkinson

After returning home from one of the best CAPS (Canadian Association of Professional Speakers) meetings I have ever attended, I am evaluating my behavior. More specifically, my PRESENCE at the event. Not, “was the event worthwhile?” It was indeed. Not, “was I seen as an expert?” That was on track. But, was I actually “present”? Being consciously present while interacting with your fans or customers, especially in a crowded room, takes some practice. I’m going […]

Communication Styles: When to Shut the Pie Hole

By Jane Atkinson

Years ago when I worked in the speakers bureau, we complained that speakers would call and keep us on the line for 30 minutes – whether we had interest or not. We had a (somewhat vulgar) term for this. “Show up and throw up.” That’s when someone tries to tell you their entire life story in a voice mail or in the first 3 minutes of a phone call. Since we’re talking to clients all […]