Category: Public Speaking

Have you seen this Fact-Checker song spoof re truth in the Trump era? »

Have you seen this Randy Rainbow video parody on Kellyanne Conway, Sean Spicer and the Trump administration? Heard this on CBC, Canada’s national radio station, last night. They played the song only, which starts about a minute in. It illustrates a point I made in my book, Step Into The Spotlight!, which is that sometimes […]

We have a saying in Peebles… »

We have a saying in Peebles… In Step Into The Spotlight!, I shared that it’s key to have a signature saying. Something that people identify with you and only you. Like when Chef Emeril Lagasse says “Bam!” Or when Jeff Probst of Survivor says “The Tribe Has Spoken.” So, last night, I’m watching an episode […]

Was Hillary’s Teleprompter “SIGH” Deliberate or Dumb? »

It’s all over the Internet. Hillary reads the stage directions right off the teleprompter. HUGE contrast with her opponent, the spontaneous I-say-whatever-pop-into-my-head Trump who was all over this tweeting his delight. So, here’s the question. Is there any possibility that verbalizing the “SIGH” was deliberate? A rhetorical device? Or is she on autopilot at this […]

Can You SPOT the FAKE? »

Are You Sick of FAKE “Real People” in Ads? I am. Here’s one that really makes me cringe every times it’s on the air. O.K. They admit at the beginning that they’re actors. But they don’t have to. It’s such an obvious case of over-acting! Compare this to a REAL “Real People” T.V. commercial. I […]

When you SPEAK, is your OPENING LINE as good as Jerry Seinfeld’s? »

Do YOU have a great OPENING LINE whenever you open your mouth in public? In this video, Jerry spends 5 minutes explaining how he crafts a joke, but it’s worth paying attention to his opening line. (NOT off the cuff, I can assure you!) “I know you think people are going to be interested in […]

Should Presidential Candidates thrust their kids into the spotlight? Was the Washington Post out of line? »

1.7 million views and counting. Cruz effectively used storytelling (and his kids) to make his point. So, was it fair game for the Washington Post cartoonist to satirize the fact that Republican Presidential Candidates, Ted Cruz, used his kids in a televised satire of Christmas stories? In the Washington Post cartoon, Cruz was portrayed as […]

9 Lessons from the Presidential Race on How to Attract Fans (& Clients) »

What marketing and branding lessons can we learn from the current Presidential Race? This is NOT discussion of politics. It’s not about who is or isn’t the best candidate. Please ADD to the 9 Lessons list below by sharing lessons you’ve observed that regular entrepreneurs and experts can apply to our own businesses. Here are […]

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