[Podcast] How to Give a Speech that is Memorable, Magical & Motivational with Dr. Willie Jolley

By Jane Atkinson

Dr. Willie Jolley is a Hall of Fame speaker, an author, and host of his own radio show. As you might guess, he’s also a wealth of information when it comes to speaking. Willie drops by to deliver some empowering advice on how to craft and deliver a truly amazing keynote and how to tell a captivating story. Listen Now! Show Notes: 5:50 What is it specifically that Willie’s clients want? 8:21 There’s a much bigger […]

When Celebrity Trumps Style: Can High Profile Speakers Do No Wrong?

By Jane Atkinson

(Note: the use of the word “trump” in the title is in no way pertaining to any political candidate!) Sometimes you will find a speaker who is loved by audiences simply because of his or her bio, accomplishments or celebrity status. These celebrity speakers obviously have something great going for them, but I think even they could use an occasional tune-up. Here are a few examples from my career, along with five tips on how to […]

[Podcast] Leverage Your Strengths for a Profitable Speaking Career with Delatorro McNeal

By Jane Atkinson

This episode is a conversation with performance expert, speaker, author and television host, Delatorro McNeal. We discuss the career flash-points that have catapulted him to fans, fame and fortune. We also discuss the importance of authentic expertise and over-delivering on the stage. [Tweet “”Your past is not your destination, it is only preparation.” Delatorro McNeal”] Topics Discussed: 6:13 “Never a waste a crisis.” As a speaker, you have to take yourself off the pedestal and […]

13 Steps to a Killer Presentation

By Jane Atkinson

We talk a lot about the importance of having a killer presentation. It’s the basis of my book, the Epic Keynote, which talks about ensuring that you get your message across in a clear, concise, yet entertaining, manner.   I’ve always said, “There’s no better form of marketing than a great speech.”   I recently received an infographic from London’s Speakers Bureau that outlines how to create a killer presentation in 13 steps. It’s a great […]

4 Speaking Experts Share Advice on How to Address the Elephant in the Room

By Jane Atkinson

Last weekend at the Oscars, Chris Rock took dead aim at the elephant in the room by addressing the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Like him or hate him, he (and the Oscar’s producers) dove head first into the debate and showed the audience that they were serious about seeking change. So how does this translate to speaking? As Speakers, we at times run into elephants in the room and, as pro’s, we need to have a plan […]