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Secrets of Story Telling for Speakers – 10X Your Speaking Business with Douglas Vermeeren

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Secrets of Storytelling for Speakers

According to Douglas Vermeeren Storytelling is one of the most important skills a speaker can develop. Storytelling is the most important part of connection and engagement. It makes you real and relatable. It is what allows people to see your authenticity. Storytelling is also considered one of the most powerful skills you can have when selling form the stage. The power of storytelling cannot be underestimated. I love storytelling. (Can you tell?)

One of the reasons I love story telling is I love stories. I love hearing them, writing them and watching them. I love them so much that’s actually what I studied in school. (Yes, that’s true I didn’t go to school to actually become a speaker. Doug Vermeeren went to become a filmmaker and my studies focused on screenwriting. You’ve seen some of my work already in The Opus, The Gratitude Experiment and my latest movie The Treasure Map. I’ve written many other non-personal development stories including award winning comic books, tv pilots and other movies. Betcha didn’t know that about me.)

Anyways, I believe in the importance of storytelling. And it’s a powerful tool that every speaker needs. I believe in it so much that I have prepare a special session that will give you some immediate tools to build powerful stories in your presentations. Much of this information I have learned from some of the most powerful storytellers in Hollywood in my film classes.

Most speakers don’t know this stuff — but it will make your stories more powerful, more engaging and eliminate a lot of stuff that makes most stories boring.

Here are some quick tips:

  1. Remember that every story needs a clear beginning, middle and end.
  2. Eliminate needless details and distractions that take people away from the clear storyline.
  3. Find a moral or point to the story before starting. (Sometimes called a theme.) If you don’t know it before you start your listeners will never find it.
  4. A story isn’t jsut telling what happened, it’s returning to what happened. If you relive it vividly in your mind and become emotionally attached your audience will find it easier to connect too.
  5. Every story should have a turning point. In other words a major moment of decision that takes the protagonist from the distress to victory. It must be decision not something lucky that just happens. (We don’t cheer when mother nature or chance saves the day.)

That’s enough for now. Getting ready to offer a special session on story telling PM me if you want to know more. http://www.DouglasVermeeren.com

Are You an Authentic Speaker? 10X Your Speaking Business

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Are you an authentic speaker? 10X Your Speaking Business with Douglas Vermeeren

Ar eyou an authentic speaker? 10X Your Speaking Business with Douglas Vermeeren

How important is authenticity in public speaking? It didn’t used to be. What used to be important was delivering a “signature” speech and prepared and scripted power point . The information to be shared was the most important. Perhaps you’ve even heard the saying content is KING. Well, not any more.

The most important aspect a speaker can master in todays marketplace is connection and engagement.

Don’t believe me take a look at the social media world (which is a reflection of how conversations take place in real life and how brands are built today.) With the advent of the internet information has reached a point of oversaturation. We have more information and content than we could ever hope to consume in our lifetime. What people are seeking now is to receive that information from those who can show us how to use it in authentic and valuable ways.

In other words what we want is connection. We need to connect with the messenger and we need to see how the content connects to us. Which is also the job of the messenger.

Share your thoughts… Am I wrong?

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Too Many speakers get it wrong when it comes to bureaus! 10X Your Speaking Business with Douglas Vermeeren

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Over the year as part of several speaker associations I have noticed that there is a big push for members to join a speakers bureau. In fact, there is often a feeling that you haven’t really made it until you have a bureau representing you. While there is a place for bureaus in the speaking business not all speakers will benefit from a connection with a bureau. While this quick article isn’t meant to be an exhaustive discussion on bureau I just wanted to point out a few common mistakes and misconceptions about speaking bureaus to help your speaking business.

 

1) The use speaking bureaus has declined at least 60% in the last five years. This insight has come through my interviews and discussions with several different owners of speaking bureaus over the last year or so. The decline according to some is as high as 80%. The reasons most of them share for the decline all make sense. Including everything from most speakers are now accessible through their own website and event planners often prefer to work directly with the speaker than a third party. Second the economy has put many speakers into the marketplace who will either speaker for free or close to. Many organizations are now creating in house training programs.

 

2)Speaking Bureaus are shifting focus. Because the market in starting to dwindle for companies using speaking bureaus the bureaus have had to level up the talent on their roster. They are no longer interested to take just anyone because their clients are not willing to pay for just anyone. Speaking Bureaus are making a massive shift towards representing celebrities, athletes, politicians and celebrity experts (Top best selling authors, not pseudo best selling authors. I’ll explain more about this later but essential this means self proclaimed best sellers or engineered amazon best sellers.)

 

3)There is a is misconception that if you re with a speaking bureau you will get more speaking gigs. This is not true. Being with a bureau guarantees you nothing. Speaking Bureaus are in business to make money and they focus on those who are generating it for them. If you aren’t already a hot topic you will not be among their favourites. If you really want to get busy as a speaker you will have to create your own opportunities and perhaps the bureaus will become inspired by the buzz you create.

 

Hope these point were helpful.

 

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10X Your Speaking Business Douglas Vermeeren level up

 

Are you ready to take your speaking business higher?

Are you ready to get the the tools to speak more?

Are you ready to help your audiences become more productive?

Then look no further.

Douglas Vermeeren is considered one of the top speaker trainers in the world. He is the CEO of 10X Your Speaking Business!

He is the regular go to expert on public speaking and the speaking business for FOX, FOX business, CNN, ABC, NBC, CTV and others. He is a regular contributor for the NY daily News, Forbes, INC, CNN online and others. He is a regular sought after expert in the both radio and TV.

Vermeeren is the also the producer and director of 3 of the top 10 personal development movies of all time. (The Opus, The Gratitude Experiment and The Treasure Map.)

He has authored 3 books in the world famous Guerrilla Marketing series. (Guerrilla Achiever, Guerrilla Millionaire and Guerrilla Masterminds) Several of his book have reached best seller status and have been translated in more than 20 languages worldwide.

He has spoken on nearly every continent on the globe and is a sought after speaker at business and sales conferences worldwide. He has also spoken and served as MC at multiple TED and TEDX events around the world.

He has been rated as one of the top business speakers worldwide consistently by organizations like the Professional association of speakers and trainers, The Public Speakers Association and The Professional Speakers Academy.

If you are looking to grow your speaking business then look no further than Douglas Vermeeren.

 

 

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Are you a speaker looking to grow your business? Here’s two quick tips for you.

By Douglas Vermeeren, 10X Your Speaking Business

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I have been a speaker for more than a decade now. (actually maybe even closer to two) and I have seen a few things along the way. Some of these strategies for growing your speaking business have been awesome and some not so great. Recently I was asked by one of my students what is the absolute best way to grow your speaking business and I had two specific ideas come to mind. Here they are:

 

1) Remember that your business is connection

Most speakers follow a very traditional approach where they prepare their presentation and then present. Their presentation if you follow them around for a while is basically the same no matter who, where or when they are presenting. And believe it or not this is not just a beginner mistake. I was recently at an event with a very well-known speaker who you would certainly know. I have shared the stage with him multiple times before and guess what each time (including this time – which is ten years since the first time I shared the stage with him) his presentation is identical to every other time I have seen him speak. Naturally there were others in the audience who had heard him before who probably also noticed. All the jokes, stories and points he shared were exactly where they were last time. Did he connect with his audience? NOPE. I have to give it a great big fat fail. Connection is what keeps your audience coming back and also staying connected between talks too. (More on this in another post, but for todays purposes I’m am just going to stress that you need connection or your speaking business will not survive.)

 

2) Leveraging authority and relationships

The second point in these two steps has helped me to grow my speaking business faster than any other idea. I call this one leveraging authority or relationships. It is quite simple actually. When I first started as a speaker (and you might be here right now) no one knew my name. And because I was so new and invisible no one really cared either. It was difficult to get speaking gigs on my own and even more difficult if I was hosting my own event to get people to come. Quite by accident I was invited to share the stage with some speakers who were well known. (If my memory serves me correctly it was Brian Tracy and Jack Canfield.) Now those two guys are very well know internationally and excellent speakers. being part of the event with them immediately increased my credibility and contributed to my database. You can imagine I was also able to use the marketing that featured me with those guys in many of my future marketing. here’s a link actually to an early TV commercial that had Jack Canfield, myself and another speaker. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1AutPT4HCk

 

Leveraging authority has helped me grow my brand quickly and powerfully. One of the things that also really helped was I acquired tickets for many of the groups or individuals I knew would hire me to speak but had never heard of me. Naturally they would have to sit through me to get to someone like Brian or Jack. This strategy was great for getting me booked.

 

Anyways, I am sure I will share much more on these two points and others in the future but for today there are a few things to think about.

 

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Douglas-Vermeeren-600Are you ready to level up your speaking business? Douglas Vermeeren is the Speaking Business Multiplier and the CEO of 10X your speaking Business and host of the popular 10X your speaking business show. His tool are helping speakers: Create highly profitable speaking businesses, Position themselves as experts, Attract media attention, Get publishing deals, Get more speaking gigs, Speak internationally and JV with other top names in the business. Douglas Vermeeren has done this and more and now his systems and secrets can be yours. His clients include beginning speakers all the way to movie and music celebrities, professional and Olympic athletes, top business leaders and other speakers just like YOU!

 

He has been consistently rated by the media as the top speaker trainer in the world today with the most comprehensive and powerful tools available. Other trainers stop at presentation skills while Vermeeren is the only one who helps you build the speaking business systems that you need for success. Now is your opportunity to find out why all the top speakers are working with him! http://www.DouglasVermeeren.com

 

 

10X your speaking business – How are you using Social Media? Douglas Vermeeren

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One of the big mistakes I see speakers making today is that they don’t understand or they misuse the power of social media in growing their business.

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Most of them are not using it at all for their businesses. They are silent. Silent = invisible.

You’d think that they would recognize that the biggest conversations are taking place in these forums now and to remain silent is to stay invisible. That is the worst you can be. At least doing things wrong or only part way well is not invisible. Even when you do things wrong there may be those who agree with you.

But what I wonder is why there aren’t more people using social media to position themselves as experts. Why aren’t those who are supposed to be teachers using these platforms to share more about what they do and how they can help?

Anyways, that is my challenge to you. Get out there and add value. Let people experience who you are. If you are a speaker, trainer or coach become more visible and let people experience who you are and what you do. You’re not afraid are you?

Maybe that’s the problem. Those who think they can’t add to the conversation or are afraid to have their lessons scrutinized remain silent. If you really believe in what you do I challenge you to step up and start sharing it.

douglas-vermeeren-600Are you ready to level up? You’ve come to the right place. Douglas Vermeeren is considered one of the top leaders in building a speaking business. He is considered by many to be the modern day Napoleon Hill for his extensive research into the lives and psychology of more than 400 of the world’s top achievers. Douglas Vermeeren is the creator of “Learn to Sell or die” program which helps you sell more.

Vermeeren is the author of 3 books in the Guerrilla marketing series and one in the Dummies book series. He is also the creator of the personal development films The Opus, The Gratitude Experiment and The Treasure Map. Enterprise magazine calls him Canada’s Tony Robbins! He is the regular featured achievement expert on FOX, FOX Business, CNN, ABC, NBC, CTV, CBC and others. http://www.DouglasVermeeren.com

DO YOU WANT TO GET MORE SPEAKING GIGS? – Douglas Vermeeren 10X your Speaking Business – PART 1

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Do You Want to get more speaking gigs? – By Douglas Vermeeren, 10X your Speaking Business – Part 1

Getting more gigs is the most common thing that I hear speakers ask about. In this brief post I want to clarify one thought that most speaker don’t think about. When it comes to speaking gigs one of the first things that I learned in my speaking business was that not all speaking gigs are created equal.

Do you really want more speaking gigs? Or do you want the ones that are going to have your ideal audience? If you are going to run a successful speaking business speaking more is really not the goal. It becomes a questions of understanding that you want quality rather than quantity.

When I first started I would speak to any group for any reason. Not only did this not produce the results (financially and otherwise) that I was looking for but it also hurt my brand.

There was in fact one event that after I had finished speaking I actually felt the audience dislike me. It was a charity event that I tried to sell to the audience. (Remember that Kelly, Christian and Jordan.) It was painful. And actually quite inappropriate. Had I the ability to do it again I would be more sensitive. More on this learning experience later.

I have had the opposite happen as well. A perfect group who perfectly connected with my message. The results was £280,000 in sales of my services. And here’s the funniest thing that actually makes it my highest conversion of a single room. There were only 6 attendees. (Jason Parker still smiles when he remembers being in the room.)

Take some time to really think about who your best audience is before you go on the hunt for speaking events and you will find your success comes much faster.

PART 1 – Done.

 

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What has been your most interesting experience as a speaker? Douglas Vermeeren

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I love being a speaker. I have been a speaker for more than a decade and a half. Yes, I started way way back in the 1990s. (Late 90’s mind you) But it feels like forever ago. I have loved every minute of it. Not only have I met some incredible people, but I have had a chance to see and do some incredible things.

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The incredible people have been awesome and inspiring. I can’t calculate how exciting and amazing it has been to meet some of these people. My life has literally been changed by some of them.  In the future I will certainly do a post to share some of the incredible lessons from these people and the amazing blessings some of them have brought into my life.

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Some of my play time as a speaker has created some of the memorable life moments and experiences that have shaped who I am, how I think and see the world. The world has gotten so much bigger and intimate at the same time.

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Any ways, the purpose of this short post is simply to say that if you are a speaker yet you have not yet expanded to become an international speaker you must. With an organized and valuable business not only will you bless the lives of others, but your own life will experience some massive expansion as well.

And it’s amazing that this expansion also continues once I’m home in terms of relationship with my loved ones (who I get to spend lots of time with. If you follow me on Facebook you’ll see I am done work quite early most days and spend my time in the park enjoying an abundant family life – who wouldn’t want that!?!)

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This is why its so important that you need to not only create great content as a speaker – you need to have the right business structures in place so that you can be free to live your life to the fullest!

Keep Speaking!!!!

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