Finding the Story in You

by Kelly Swanson

It’s all about the story. That signature piece you’re known for that defines you as a speaker and sets you apart. We’re told that over and over as speakers, but nobody tells us how to find the story. And you can’t take someone else’s story because aside from being rude, it won’t wear the same on you. So how do you find the story to put into your presentations? Here are some tips to get you started:

Eliminate Your Self-Imposed Detours to Success

by Dave Sheffield

There are a number of ups and downs in the speaking business. Rejection, event planners changing their minds, and economic tightening of belts are all things that are a reality in today's marketplace.

How Well You Sell Your Value Determines How Much You Earn

by Dan S. Kennedy

One of my earliest mentors had his office walls adorned top to bottom, side to side, with big, handwritten signs intended as cautions to others as well as reminders for himself. If you've ever been in a direct sales environment, you’ve probably seen such a place. Two of the biggest signs read "You Can Hire Spellers For Minimum Wage" and "Thumb-Suckers Not Welcome Here."

About Our Name

Yes, we know there's a difference between a lectern and a podium. A lectern is the stand upon which a speaker can hold their notes. It often holds the microphone. A podium is the platform. A stage.

Our name, Behind the Podium is meant to convey that there's a lot that happens backstage, before a speaker ever gets in front of an audience. Behind the Podium can give you, the reader, some insight about how a speaker got to the podium, and what they're doing behind the scenes.

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