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Why Atmosphere Matters When You Speak

One of the things we don’t talk enough about in the speaking world is the power of atmosphere. We obsess over the content of our talk, how we’ll stand, our body motions etc., but how often do we think about the impact of the room itself, how it looks and how it feels? Earlier this


Speaking to Sell vs. Selling from The Stage

“Speaking to sell” and “selling from the stage” sound like they’re the same thing, but there are some key differences.   Selling from the stage means highlighting a particular product or program that you’re selling that day and looking to get a commitment for the audience to buy it. The most typical of these is


How Playing Music Made Me A Better Speaker

Performing music with other musicians is an experience like no other. Part of that experience is the mindset you need to get into to truly perform and connect to your bandmates and the audience.  It’s a mindset that taught me a lot about speaking on stage. The following is a transcript of my thoughts on


Selling a Story in Death Valley

In a recent episode of The Speaking for Profit Podcast I spoke about the amazing story of The Amargosa Opera House that has operated in the tiny community of Death Valley Junction for decades. I wanted to share the story here as well. If you want to listen to the whole podcast (and there’s lots of


Avoiding the Biggest Mistake

How much information do you give away when you speak? I got asked a great question this week: What is the biggest mistake that coaches make when they speak from the stage? That’s an easy one. They try to present a shortened version of their program. They give a lot of tips away; lists, details,


Interview – Empowerment Radio Show

Randi Goodman of the Empowerment Radio show interviewed me last week. We talked about everything from my upbringing, working in Hollywood, and getting known as an expert in your field. Listen to the episode here   Hello everyone, this is Randi Goodman here with Empowerment Radio Show and my special guest, Jason Reid, a past


Stop The Excuses And Start Speaking

Sometimes, when we’re watching a confident and polished speaker we start thinking to ourselves “Wow, I’d like to do that but…” Then we start thinking of excuses about why we can’t. Here are some of the ones I’ve heard lately: I’m not smart enough, I’m not good looking enough I fumble over my words I


No Joke – How jokes can kill your sales talk

Know the difference between an anecdote and a joke Getting up in front of a bunch of people to do a talk that promotes you or your service is the closest thing you’ll find to the stress of being a stand-up comedian. Lets face it, both you and the comedian have only a microphone (sometimes


When charisma trumps knowledge

The power of the spotlight I’ve had a lot of people ask me about how to use speaking to build their business. In fact, I recently got into a debate about whether presence and charisma were more important than knowledge. I said yes. I already knew the answer from my early days on the stage.


How to get speaking gigs

7 tips to get you started or help you move up in the speaking world Potential clients often ask me – what’s the best way to build my business? My answer – speaking. Speaking to groups positions you as an expert and allows your audience to get to know you, trust you and like the