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How To Book The Right Speaker, Every Time?

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Use this 3-point bulletproof check list to book the right speaker, every time! I understand the challenge of finding the right speaker. We have all seen media clip bloopers, or been a part of an audience where the speaker just isn’t able to articulate their message. The audiences’ eyes are glazing over and heads begin nodding off to sleep. Texting, scanning emails and playing games on mobile devices are popular past times when the speaker cannot connect. Not only does the speaker notice the lack of audience engagement, you notice it. And here’s the kicker…you were the one in charge of booking the right speaker! Let’s be honest, every speaker is on their best behavior during a speaker evaluation. Just about every speaker is going to communicate they are the right fit and ready to impact your audience. While confidence is good to hear, you need to make sure you are hitting a home run and not a bunt with your speaker selection. A 3-point bulletproof check list to safeguard your speaker selection. Follow closely. 1. CLIENT LIST First things first: check the speaker’s client list. Yes, even before watching any video of the speaker. This is HUGE, which is why it’s check point number one. The speaking industry is very competitive. Almost as competitive as professional sports (maybe even more in some regards). You have a free and valuable tool staring you in the face when looking at a speaker’s client list. To whom have they spoken? That is the question that should be at the front of your brain. By taking a deep dive into a speaker’s client list, you will see quickly the caliber of speaker you are working with on the other end. The client list gives you the ability to lean-in on another company’s vetting system of the same speaker you are evaluating. Please take advantage of that. For example, a…

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I Experienced A Train Wreck

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

This Saturday will be exactly 6 years since my train wreck. And I mean that figuratively, well sort of. I was in Canada playing football for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and just scored my first professional touchdown last weekend (6 years ago). To say I was excited during practice this week (6 years ago) would have been an understatement. I was ready for our next game versus the Calgary Stampeders and was already visualizing a multi-touchdown performance! Little did I know the life, career and purpose as a football player would come to an end. This upcoming Saturday (6 years ago) everything changed. A pass play was called and I was lined up to the right side of the formation and my route to run was a three step slant. Explode off the ball fast and plant my right foot and explode at a 45 degree angle towards the goal post. That is what a three step slant looks like. I flew off the ball, put my foot in the ground to plant for the slant and BOOM! POP! OUCH that hurt. I’m pretty sure I used rated “R” language instead of OUCH. My foot stayed in the ground while my body went up field and my knee exploded. I immediately fell to the ground in serious pain, grabbing my knee. It was a pain I had never felt before but I have seen other teammates experience this pain and I have watched countless replays on TV of football players blowing out their knee. It was my turn to feel the pain. I blew out my knee – torn ACL. To make a long story short, I was cut again (for the third time) and my dream was over. Have you ever felt that way? Dream over? You have kept trying and…

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