I still publish a nationally syndicated
column in over 100 newspapers, with a
circulation of over 10 million. Monetize
your content through every channel.
Has NSa been important in your
Yes. Not belonging to NSA is a felony,
not a misdemeanor. Join NSA and
attend the national conferences. I have
missed only one in over 20 years. It is
one of the best ways a speaker can keep
abreast with what is happening in the
business, and a good way to hang out
with the best people in the speaking
profession. You also should be very
active in your local NSA Chapter.
Remember, even the Lone Ranger had
Tonto. You cannot do it all by yourself.
Do you have a speech coach?
Speakers should always be investing in
themselves. I have been giving a speech
a week to a Fortune 1000-level audience for over 25 years, and I still meet
with my speech coach several times a
year. I’m looking for constant, immediate, unfiltered feedback. I want my
speaking skills to keep getting better.
All professional athletes have coaches
to help them stay in peak shape. I am
surprised that some up-and-coming
speakers are not investing in their businesses and their platform skills. The
biggest room in the world is the room
for improvement. Everyone should be
learning. Get your talks on video so
that you can review them with your
coach. Make sure your coach is seeing
you live, too. Video alone will not tell
the whole story. Borrow money if you
must, but get coaching.
What are you focused on these days?
I have delivered over 1,000 speeches,
written over 1,000 columns, and
authored seven New York Times
best-selling books, but I am not done. I
wake up each day and tell myself that I
have not hit my peak yet. Even at 81
years old, I have a lot more to accom-
always work hard.
accept that you have to start
at the bottom and work your
way up to the top.
find mentors, and
Set specific goals
Continue to publish
content in books, articles
and other publications.
work with a speech coach.
network and build long-term
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remember that as the world changes, the principles
for success always remain the same.
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