Things I've Learned in 20 Years of Speaking

By: Allen Klein, MA (aka, Mr. Jollytologist)
Posted: 03/06/2011

All major sports teams have coaches.  If you want to play in the major league, get coaching.

If you want to be good, hang around those who already are.

Audiences remember only a few of your words.  They never forget the essence of who you are.  Work on who you are more than what you say.

Don't rush to get your book published.  People eventually forget a bad speech.  A  book is forever. 

This is a crazy business but that doesn't mean that you need to go crazy.  Don't go bonkers, if you lose a speaking engagement.  It leaves that date open for another one to come along...or to write the next bestseller. 

Charge less than you are worth and grow into your fee.

Don't try to do it all.  Everything you hear from other speakers shouldn't be everything you do.  Take only what fits for you, your style, and your market.

Have a passion for what you do.  It will help you get through those delayed flights, canceled engagements, and not-so-great audiences.

Have fun.  If you are not enjoying what you are doing, why do it?

Allen Klein, (aka, Mr. Jollytologist) shows people worldwide how to use humor to deal with not-so-funny stuff.    

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