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SPEECH SERIES PART 5

By | July 18, 2011

HOW TO WRITE AND DELIVER A FREAKING AMAZING SPEECH IN 30 MINUTES OR LESSCHAPTER 5. To Script Or Not To Script  I have had more than one person tell me that they don’t like to prepare a speech, they’d rather just wing it. When I hear that I immediately think that they are  over-confident ,…

SPEECH SERIES PART 4

By | July 6, 2011

HOW TO WRITE AND DELIVER A FREAKING  AMAZING SPEECH IN 30 MINUTES OR LESS CHAPTER 4. The Call To Action A call to action is a polite way to tell the audience to get off of their butt and DO SOMETHING! It is also a wonderful way to create relevance and a final connection with…

SPEECH SERIES PART 3

By | June 29, 2011

HOW TO WRITE AND DELIVER A  FREAKING AMAZING SPEECH  IN 30 MINUTES OR LESS CHAPTER 3. The Opening Line “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”, “Call me Ishmael”, “It was a dark and stormy night”-these are all opening lines from great novels. The importance of the first line of a novel…

SPEECH SERIES PART 2

By | June 29, 2011

CHAPTER 2. The Message Renowned speaker and author, Scott Mckain, once told me “People don’t care about what you have done. They care about how what you’ve done applies to them”. If you’ve climbed Mount Everest, in my opinion, you are a rock star, but what really matters to me are what observations, lessons, and…

SPEECH SERIES PART 1

By | June 9, 2011

HOW TO WRITE AND DELIVER A FREAKING AMAZING SPEECH IN 30 MINUTES OR LESS WARNING: THIS INFORMATION CAN BE OFFENSIVE TO COMMUNICATION PROFESSORS            WHY THIS ? So, you have to give a speech. If you are like most non-professional speakers you are either receiving an award, running for office, giving…

CAN YOU EAT YOUR OWN CRAWFISH?… Leadership with a kick

By | April 24, 2011

As a student at the University of Southern Mississippi, I began a love affair that has endured throughout the better part of two decades. No, the affair of which I speak was not with one of the beautiful southern belles that make up 60 percent of the student body, but rather with a dirty, disgusting…

AN OVERNIGHT SUCCESS…25 YEARS IN THE MAKING

By | January 8, 2011

Ted Williams. The name of a man beloved by generations of Americans throughout the decades.  A name that conjurs up memories of ballparks, home runs, and heroic slides into homeplate. Over the years, the name Ted Williams has become synonymous with excellence in baseball..until now.  Another Ted Williams has emerged and grabbed America by the…

Funny Money

By | November 9, 2010

FUNNY MONEY Laughter is the best medicine… Obviously that statement was originated before the invention of Percocet, but having said that, laughter truly is a powerful elixir. It is the most powerful reaction a human can generate.  Laughter is more powerful than anger, sadness, fear, melancholy, or any myriad of emotions that we humans struggle…

ARE YOU TWEET WORTHY?

By | July 30, 2010

Sitting in the office of the A&R director of Curb Records many years ago, I thought “this is it”. This was the magic moment I had been waiting for. The tipping point that I had worked for since I first picked up a guitar, strung three chords together, and sang my own homegrown lyrics. With eyes…

Death of a Lawnman

By | June 8, 2010

My lawn man died.  It took me by surprise when my mother-in-law showed me the obituary a few months ago, but there it was in black and white… Dennis was gone. Dennis was a real nice man and although I didn’t know him very well, we did have a couple of meaningful conversations leaning against…

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