To Be More Influential, Answer This Question First

Influence is something that we all want (and need) – especially in business. Influence makes you be a better leader, helps you team up with investors and customers, and gives you an authentic voice in your marketing. Influence is a skill that every entrepreneur should master. Influence is a skill that every entrepreneur should master. And yet, there is one major mistake most people make when they want to be influential: people worry too much about what they should say. I know. This sounds counterintuitive, but read on and you’ll find out why [...]

My 3 Step Pre-Stage Routine

Become Your Most Influential Self! Don't miss another update with a persuasive technique you can use today   I’ve been a professional speaker since I was 23. Before then, I was a stage actress from 14 years old all the way through college. When people learn what I do for a living and find out how long I’ve had my “stage time,” they usually draw the conclusion, “Oh, so you probably don’t get nervous when you have to speak because you’ve been doing it so long.” Not true. I [...]

Observe Connect Influence – Sharí Alexander – Keynote Speech

Watch Sharí Alexander Below is one of Sharí's keynote speeches: Observe Connect Influence You will learn: How to have the mindset of an influencer How to pick up on Influential V.I.B.E.S. Lessons from CIA agents, hostage negotiators, con-artists, and pick-up artists...along with techniques that you can use in daily life To learn more about Sharí's programs by downloading her Speaker Kit here. Are you interesting in bringing Sharí to your event for a speech or workshop? Click here.

Why You Should Flip Your Speech Upside-Down

Flip Your Speech Upside-down You like to talk about yourself. It’s okay. Everyone love to. We’re just wired that way. Besides, you’re a cool person with cool experiences, so why wouldn’t you?  Think about it. You have a microphone pointed at you with a roomful of people staring at you who have been told that you are the person to listen to. So naturally, you think – either consciously or unconsciously – since you have been given this platform and people have come to hear from you, then they must be interested in learning about you. It’s only natural [...]

How to End A Speech … and Generate Opportunity

  by ISCTE Speaking in front of any group is stressful enough. Speaking with the added pressure to generate more business from that speech is another level of stress. One of my clients called me because he was facing that daunting situation. He was tasked with delivering a 30 minute speech to 150 financial industry colleagues. His audience was a mix of competitors and prospects. His company was sending him to the conference for PR and to drum up new client relationships. The pressure was on. He specifically had questions centered around how [...]

2016-02-05T19:20:31+00:00 Public Speaking, Uncategorized|

Your Pressure Meeting Power Plan: How to prepare for critical moments

This is it. Everything you’ve worked for comes down to this one meeting. All of the phone calls, emails, marketing and preparation boils down to this question: Can you be influential in this one moment? No matter who you are, no matter how many times you have done it, nervousness creeps in. The best of the best know how to transform that nervous energy into excitement. But for those who don’t naturally feel pumped-up under pressure, it’s helpful to have your Pressure Meeting Power Plan. In her recent TED talk, Amy Cuddy shared how simple shifts [...]

High-Pressure Presentations: Diagnosing Michael Bay’s Performance Bust

High-Pressure Presentations: Diagnosing Michael Bay’s Performance Bust I rarely comment specifically on someone else’s speech, killer or bust. However, the Michael Bay video from CES has gone viral in a matter of moments and I’m already peeved by the surface-level commentary. Be warned: this blog post is not going to bash Mr. Bay nor will it say, “It’s okay. Don’t sweat it.” I want to give you a comprehensive view of the situation and share some insights that will help you for your next high-pressure presentations. First thing’s first, you have to watch the video [...]

2014-01-07T19:15:56+00:00 Public Speaking|

Influencing Negative Thoughts: One Phone Call and It All Came Tumbling Down

Influencing Negative Thoughts: One Phone Call and It All Came Tumbling Down ‘Twas the day after Christmas And all through the house Not a creature was stirring Except Sharí was balling her eyes out One phone call. One 10 second message. A flood of fears and insecurities. Yep. That’s all it took. I listened to a 10 second message on my voicemail and I was triggered. My body was shaking from the effort to hold myself together – feeling like I could shatter at any moment. What was the phone call? It doesn’t matter. What [...]