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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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Most Speakers Don’t Really Have a Business – Douglas Vermeeren

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Most speakers don’t really have a business — Douglas Vermeeren 10X Your Speaking Business

10X Your Speaking Business DOuglas Vermeeren are you broke?
The speaking and coaching industry is one of the fastest growing industries on the planet. But… that doesn’t mean it is the most prosperous for most involved. In fact, most speakers I’ve met over my decades as a speaker are broke. I have been to all kinds of events, speakers conferences, speakers associations (likes CAPS, NSA Global Speakers Federation etc.) and Yes, most speakers are broke. and why?
Simple. They don’t really have a business. The run from one speaking event to trying to find a gig at the next. In between they are lost and struggling. The reason why is they don’t have a business strucutre for their speaking business. most speakers confuse speaking with the business. The truth is you need to put both of these elements together. Speaking + Business = Speaking Business.
Some of the elements that most speakers are missing from their business include: Customer support, Customer management, Customer acquisition, Proper content development within the framework of a business structure, sales funnels, creating proper products, getting speaking gigs, Getting speaking gigs that build your brand and are profitable and so many other quesitons they jsut don’t know how to ask.
My challenge to you: Take some time and seriously look at your speaking business. What do you really have? What systems are actually supporting you? What are you missing? How can you level up? And what needs to happen in order for you to grow?
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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

 

 

How is it some speakers can get results? 10X Your Speaking Business Douglas Vermeeren

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10X your speaking business logoOver the years I have had the opporutnity to observe many speakers, coaches, trainers and mentors. It has quickly become apprarent t ome that some of htese people are masters and much more effective at changing lives than others. In fact, I have often been in awe of how they have been able to change peoples lives even with just a few sentences.
How are they able to do it?
While not all of the secrets to their success are easily accessible to all, some quite frankly are inutional things that an article could never teach. But I will expose a few big things that anyone can dial into immediately to improve their ability to lift others.
Connection — Connection with your audience is the first step to any form of influence. Your audience needs to feel like you are intersted in them as individuals. They need to know that you are competent and they can open their hearts and minds to you because you have something valuable to share. They need to feel that you are reachable. (Too many speakers today try to put themselves in a position of authority over their audiences and convince people of their worth through accomplishments and status. This doesn’t work.) Connection is a powerful principle and cannot be sufficiently covered to the depth it deserves in such a short article. I encourgae you to maek the study of connection on of you most important pursuits in your development as a speaker.
Vision of the future — I know this may sound a bit bizaare but in order for anyone to make a change in their life they must have a vision of the future and if they can’t see it you have to see it for them. In other words you have to hold the belief in the vision until they can get it for themselves. Speakers that change people are full of hope and opitimism. Seeing the future includes seeing possibilities and asking your students the right quesitons to help them see the right posisbilities for themselves. This is not something that happens by accident. Many times I have seen people just get stuck because the problems of the day weighed down so heavily that they couldn’t see any other options. freedom is about options and when options apeear there is hope.
Start with something they can do now — Despite what movies, pop culture and people make it look like sometimes change and big results are the results of big events. Big things happen after a series of small things create a tipping point. Often most speakers are not able to create change in their students because they are trying to get them to do big dramatic things. They are on the hunt to share as many “A-ha” moments as they can because it makes them look smart. Results follow action. Action follows activities that can actually be performed. The most powerful speakers start with activities that can be completed, not lofty ideals that are beyond the reach of the student. Ask what can you do, not what could you do.
While there are lots of other things that can be done to help your students, and we will most likley talk about those in future article, I want to challenge you to look for ways to implement these three as listed above. You can go a long way to being a support to your sutdents with just those few points.

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!

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

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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