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Should I Make My Clients Sign a Contract?

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Set the tone for a great relationship.

Years ago, I had the privilege of having dinner with one of my mentors, Don Hutson, who is the former president of the National Speakers Association. Don shared one of the most valuable lessons of my career as a speaker and coach. He told me that any time I do a presentation for a client, to make sure I get a signed agreement.

I know from experience that… Read More

Is Your Word Your Bond?

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Become a leader with integrity.

Recently, I noticed that an organization of which I’ve been a member for almost 20 years decided to contract with one of my competitors, using the name of one of my most popular programs. After contacting the organization, the woman in charge explained that she had only been there a few months, that she didn’t realize that I had the name first, and wasn’t sure what she should do. She said she would check with somebody else and get back to me. After not hearing back right away, I sent a cease-and-desist request to the organization, explaining that they were infringing on approximately $100,000 worth of my revenue… Read More

You are Not a Failure, Even if You Fail

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Failures teach us about winning and success.

Nobody likes to fail…even me. All right, especially me. But the reality is, we’re all going to experience failures in our lifetime. However, they do not make us failures unless we fail to learn from them. I used to tell people that my job is like working in a laboratory. What do you do in a laboratory? You experiment!

Frequently, I would try new… Read More

Find Your Voice

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Use what you learn.

We all have a story. Here is mine, at least as it pertains to my journey with voice, presentation, and performance. I can’t remember a time I wasn’t talking, presenting something, or performing somehow! As a young child, I would recreate commercials in front of the mirror all the time.  In my room, I would read out loud and hold class with my stuffed animals and the dog. In the summer I held various performances in our backyard as a part of our neighborhood carnival.

In high school and college… Read More

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