What Is It Costing You To Go AWOL With Speaking Opportunities
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by Michael Davis
2w ago
Private Jackson is a dedicated soldier, but is having a difficult time with personal struggles. One frigid morning, he makes a rash decision to go AWOL, believing he would quickly be forgotten. But, the military searched for him because his absence caused operational delays and strife within his unit. At the same time, Jackson struggles in civilian life, eventually realizing the consequences of his actions. Military justice eventually catches up with him, strips him of his rank and privileges, and leaves him facing an uncertain future tainted by dishonor and regret. He has paid a steep price ..read more
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The Secret Hack To Increase Your Story Impact
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by Michael Davis
3w ago
VAKS-inaTe Your Stories To Hack Your Audiences’ Emotions  The Question “Michael, what’s your deal? What are you trying to sell us?” Leslie’s question was unexpected. Her tone was so aggressive that I froze. My mind went… blank. I looked at the 49 well-dressed women in front of me, drinking their coffee and enjoying their after-dinner cake. The only sound in the room was the ceiling fan slowly spinning  above me. The women looked at my like they were thinking, “Yeah, what’s your deal?” My brain was still empty, like I could hear air bouncing around the inside of my skull. Then, a thou ..read more
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Create High Impact Storytelling ABS – Creation Documents
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by Michael Davis
3w ago
Imagine having a toolkit that transforms your business narratives into captivating stories so that you can elevate your message and quickly engage your audience. If you can accomplish this, you stand out and increase the odds your message will be heard and resonate at a deep level. But, many struggle with crafting compelling stories. The challenge lies in structuring ideas in a way that captures attention, conveys messages clearly, and, most importantly, inspires action. This gap in storytelling skills can lead to misunderstandings, reduced interest, and missed opportunities. Without the righ ..read more
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Afraid Of Change? Here’s One Easy Solution For You
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by Michael Davis
3w ago
It’s a common belief that people don’t like change due to the fear of failure and the potential pain that comes with it. But, is it really change we fear? Consider this: if you’re not in shape and you want to feel better, you crave the change of being healthier. If you’re struggling financially and want more freedom and choice, you desire the change of having more money. The Actual Fear The fear you experience isn’t change itself but the new actions required. Breaking old habits or changing your thinking can be intimidating. Without prior success in an activity, this feeling is understandable ..read more
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One Easy Way To Alienate (Or Piss Off) Your Audience, And Guarantee Your Message ISN’T Heard
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by Michael Davis
1M ago
“I know I’m over time, but I’ve got two more points I want to make.   ~ A common speaking refrain I was sitting in a room with about 100 other people. The speakers were sharing updates on various activities within our city. The final speaker was clearly over his allotted time when he said, “I know I’m over time, but I’ve got two more points I want to make.” I’m a professional speaker and speech coach, so I immediately felt annoyed. I looked around the room, and heard the typical response to this type of statement – nervous laughter. The kind of laugh people give when they want to be ..read more
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How To Master the Spotlight: The Secret to Thriving Under Pressure!
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by Michael Davis
1M ago
“Pressure is what you feel only if you don’t know what you’re doing.” ~ Chuck Noll, Hall of Fame NFL coach Imagine you’re standing at the front of a room, about to deliver a key presentation to a room full of stakeholders. Expectations are high and everyone is focused on you. For leaders, this is the ideal scenario. If you’ve effectively prepared, your words don’t just convey information; they inspire action, create connections, and drive results. But, here’s the harsh reality. Many leaders “drop the ball” on these golden opportunities because they’re underprepared. They mistake  familia ..read more
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Soar To Higher Speaking Fees With This One Trick From Southwest Airlines
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by Michael Davis
1M ago
In the world of public speaking, the difference between a good presentation and an unforgettable one often hinges on a single element: Humor There’s an adage from the professional speaking industry regarding this topic: Question: Do you need to have humor in your speech? Answer: Only if you want to get paid. Humor is the secret ingredient that captures and retains the audience’s attention. It transforms a standard speech into a memorable experience. The Absence Of Humor Leads To Missed Opportunities When humor is absent, speakers miss a crucial opportunity. A presentation without humor is mon ..read more
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How To Include Your Audience To Craft Stories That Resonate and Engage
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by Michael Davis
1M ago
Picture this: You’re sharing your best story with an audience. You reach a key moment in the narrative, deliver the line and… there’s that magical moment when you and the audience sync perfectly. The moment creates a powerful and lasting impression. The Ideal World Of Storytelling Your message is heard and felt and, your audience is completely in sync with you. If this happens, then you’ve achieved the pinnacle of speaking success. But, what happens when a part of your story is so specific to a certain experience or demographic that not everyone gets it? Don’t you risk losing a part of your a ..read more
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The Overlooked Pot Of Gold That Will Supercharge Your Next Presentation
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by Michael Davis
1M ago
For years, I have suggested that people start a daily story file. At the end of each day, take two or three minutes and think about the stories that impacted you. This was a good idea because I got people thinking about their most important experiences. But, in a recent conversation with a colleague, we realized that storytelling is such a common topic today that it may be falling on deaf ears. If people feel like, “I’ve heard it all before” then they’ll stop listening to our insights about stories and narrative. So, we came up with a better idea. We realized that people don’t remember storie ..read more
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TMI Means They Won’t Buy
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by Michael Davis
1M ago
Because of the preponderance of technology at our disposal, you and I can can gain instant access about any topic in a split second. This is a terrific benefits for speakers, leaders, and sales professionals. We can provide whatever knowledge our audiences need. In the Information Age, this was a benefit. It enabled us to demonstrate our expertise and helped us earn people’s trust. The Drawback To Unlimited Access But, this access to unlimited material is a now a problem. Because of technology, our audience members also have access to the same information we do. If we continue to speak the wa ..read more
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