Are You Ready For Your Greatness?

By Jane Atkinson

At the beginning of his speaking career, one of my clients, Roger, wasn’t quite ready to step into the spotlight of greatness. He thought he had some good ideas and he knew he had some skill, but the confidence hadn’t really kicked in yet. The day that Roger made a declaration that he was indeed a big stage keynote speaker everything changed. Roger’s mind caught up with his desires. So much about what we do […]

How Important is “Story” to Your Success?

By Jane Atkinson

We know that telling a story in your business helps people know you and perhaps relate to you better, thus winning you more business. We also know that your percentage of storytelling vs. teaching is important to the success of your presentation. But, many people lean too heavily on teaching. Kelly Swanson, speech coach extraordinaire says this: As speakers we have often heard that we should tell stories in our presentations. But nobody ever explains […]

The Cost of a Wrong Fit Client

By Jane Atkinson

I just celebrated the 13 year anniversary of having my own business and what’s funny is that I’m still learning the lessons in year 13 that I learned in year one. After all this time, I still need to sharpen my wrong fit client detector. What that means is that I need to recognize when a client is not going to be a good fit earlier on in the process of working with them. That’s […]

Recovering From an Onstage Flop

By Jane Atkinson

Twice in the past week I’ve had clients come to me and say they thought their presentation went smashingly well, but then the feedback came…. and they were wrong. The audience did not love their performance. In fact, some people didn’t even like it a little bit. Yikes! What would you do if you had a flop? Would you give up or would you get back on the horse? I suspect most of you have […]

Picking Your Lane in Your Speaking Business

By Jane Atkinson

The question does come up quite frequently, “How do I pick my lane?”, a.k.a., “How do I figure out what speaking topic to be known for?” Some of you might have this nailed, and some of you might not. Whether or not you do, this is a good process to go through to make sure you’re still in line with your topics. The reason someone might want to pick their lane is simple – to […]