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Don’t Feed Your Monster

An author friend of mine recently met with a potential publisher. Their first question wasn’t about the quality of her writing. It was, “How many Twitter followers do you have?” She only had 5,000, which just wasn’t enough to get her a book deal. If you’re a business owner, you know the term “platform.” It’s […]

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“Zoom in on the Tears”- 3 Safeguards Against Using Emotion to Manipulate Your Audience

It’s my Faithful to Speak workshop and we’re talking about emotion in the context of public speaking. Joanne raises her hand, “But how do you know when you’re being manipulative? Using emotion because you know it will get to your audience?” Her question makes me dig deep. And it takes me back to a late

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The Place Between Panic and Rock Star

(To hear the audio recording of this blog post, click on the white triangle in the black line above)   “I’m not really a speaker; I’m more of a writer,” Jordan, a participant in my public speaking workshop, explains. Her dark brown hair frames her pretty face. “What do you write?” I ask. “My blog.  It’s trustingadventure.com.”

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