Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. -Theodore Roosevelt

In the Spotlight

Are You a Bold Speaker?

November 04, 2011

I have been booking and coaching professional speakers since 1982. And here is what I have observed:

  • The best speakers do not fill the air with a lot of words -- they make the space for their audience to tell them what they need to know.
  • The best speakers ask, "What do you need to really hear from me to give you what you came to hear?"

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Top 10 Es to Motivate and Influence an Audience

November 04, 2011

Speak with Es. Be a speaker of influence, not control or guilt. With the privilege of the platform comes the awesome responsibility of motivating and influencing your audience to feel/think/act differently.

  • Educate: Provide your audience with extensive information on your topic. This will empower attendees to feel competent and knowledgeable. Support your points with stories. Stories help us see through the eyes of other people. Adults delineate their thoughts visually.
  • Entertain: Give them the facts laced with a good dose of humor. Adults learn better when they are lightening up! Here's the place for some magic tricks, handwriting analysis, or a song.

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On Speaking Like A Pro

May 31, 2011

Successful speakers do not do all the right things all the time. They often take risks and risk bombing. But all top speakers take daily action, to move towards their goals with many adjustments.

Here are ten ways to be a highly effective speaker. Read more

How Not To Freak When You Speak

February 01, 2011

This is a guest blog post by Sandra Schrift, president/owner of CoachSchrift and Associates, a San Diego based consulting, training and coaching firm. Since 1996, Sandra has been coaching speakers who want to become highly paid professional speakers as well as executives and business professionals who want to develop persuasive presentations. In this post, Sandra provides tips to retain your composure while speaking in front of an audience. Read more

Presentation Coach: Conversation with Sandra Schrift

January 20, 2011

Sandra Schrift is the president/owner of CoachSchrift and Associates, a San Diego based consulting, training and coaching firm. Since 1996, Sandra has been coaching speakers who want to become highly paid professional speakers as well as executives and business professionals who want to develop persuasive presentations. She is connected to her international clientele by telephone and email. She also works in-house with organizations on their communication and presentation skills. Sandra started the first national, professional speakers' bureau in San Diego in 1982 and brokered over 1500 professional speakers to the meetings industry nationally and internationally. Her clients included a variety of corporations, associations and medium and large size companies. Her speaker clients included well known celebrities, sports coaches, media personalities and other people who speak on a wide range of business and personal topics. Read more