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Most speakers aren’t prepared.

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Wait? What do you mean? Most speakers are not prepared? Douglas Vermeeren. And I’m offended. (Actually this is the response I get most of the time when I tell speakers they are unprepared.

Okay… so where’s my evidence?  Well, it’s easy. Just look at he results at the end of their presentation. Sure they can talk from the stage. But if their goal is to have people connect with them further, maybe buy a program, product or workshop then they have failed. This all comes down to practice and preparation.

If your goal of selling something didn’t happen… you weren’t prepared. Got it?

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Your Credibility as a Speaker is Weak.

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According to Douglas Vermeeren most speakers don’t fully understand the importance or process of attaining credibility. Most think that what they really need is a unique approach to present and a focus on a signature talk and personal story. While those things are interesting  they are not valuable. They also don’t build massive credibility for your brand.

In other words just telling your story isn’t enough to make you an expert. YOU MUST ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND YOUR MARKET AND DELIVER RESULTS DRIVEN VALUE. Ummm… is this important. Why the heck do you think I wrote in in caps??? It is paramount and this is what will separate speakers in the future between those who have careers and those who do it as a hobby. If you want to rise above the chaos that is the speaking business today drop the idea of a signature story making you special and valuable. It’s a lie taught by those who don’t understand the business.

What the industry supports is people who actually add value. You gain this kind of credibility by taking your speaking business seriously enough to invest the effort to understand the marketplace, the content that is occurring in the conversation, to create and think about things in an innovative pioneering way and just get good at working with people. Wow! Why aren’t people doing it?  (lazy? ego based?  unaware? I don’t know possibly all of the above. Most people think that the speaking business is easy money and they aren’t willing to do the work.)

It is work. Get on it.

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10X Your Speaking Business Show – Alex Ford and Technology For Speakers

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Douglas Vermeeren : Get ready for tomorrows show! This is a topic that scares the crap out of so many speakers – Technology! And I have one of the best in the business ALEX FORD to explain how he has helped speakers manage their contacts, develop online programs, reoccurring revenue streams and more! You don’t want to miss this one.

Wednesday morning @9am MST Weekly: https://zoom.us/meeting/178271713/ics…

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/178271713

Or iPhone one-tap :
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Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 408 638 0968 or +1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 178 271 713
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Douglas Vermeeren Rated As One Of The Top Speaker Trainers By Huffington Post

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Douglas Vermeeren rated as one of the top speaker trainers by Huffington Post

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Douglas Vermeeren excited to have my company 10X Your Speaking Business and myself recognized by the Huffington Post as on of the top speaker training programs today. I must admit that we have worked very hard to become the best and our results are definitely speaking for themselves. We work very hard to make sure that our tools are leading the marketplace and helping speakers create profitable busiensses.

We look at training our speakers very different than others. We not only want you to have practical skills on stage, we believe that you need to understand how to be competitive in todays marketplace. You need to understand the business models available to yo in todays market. You need to know how to get speaking gigs. You need ot know how to create and host your own events. You need to know how to use social media. You need to know how to get attention and so many other improtant skills for a speaking career today.

I am grateful that Huffington Post recognizes how we lead the way and I am excited about what is coming next.
If you are a speaker that wants to really grow your career we want to hear from you. http://www.DouglasVermeeren.com
And here’s a link to the Huffington post article:
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/59ecf48be4b034105edd4fc3?utm_content=buffer50235&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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2 Things That Keep Speakers From Sharing Their Message

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Douglas Vermeeren : Have you ever thought about how many brilliant people there are in the world. (And yes, you are one of them) Each of these people has an important and valuable lesson to share and as these message are shared with each other we can create more abundance, prosperity and advancement in every aspect of human happiness and satisfaction.

However there are many who aren’t sharing their message. In my experience there are two reasons

1) Some people are afraid to speak up and let their voice share their expertise. (That’s inside work)

2) People have a message and they aren’t afraid to share it but they are doing it wrong and so they never get noticed. They stay invisible and never find the people that need their message most. (This is outside work)

What’s the difference between inside and outside work?

Inside work is generally stuff that the individual needs to sort out. Yes, they can get help but it really is stuff they need to overcome.

Outside work is different. That’s the stuff that they can really only fix if they will get help from others like a mentor, coach or support group. Outside work is generally needed when someone has tried everything they know and still gets poor results. Outside work only improves as the individual is confident enough to ask for help and seek out people who can help them be more effective.

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Is The Public Speaking Dead?

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Is public speaking as a business dead?

by Douglas Vermeeren 10X Your Speaking Business

For the last two decades I have been a public speaker. I have seen a lot of changes and most prominently I have seen many new speakers arrive on the scene with the intention to create a massive business sharing their expertise.
More often than not they fail.

This makes me ask: Is public speaking as a business dead or dying?

As I have carefully considered this question and looked at the complete landscape of what is really going on in this highly saturated industry of speaking, coaching, mentoring and personal development in general I have an answer to this question:

The old way of building this business is dying.

While those who understand the nuances of today’s marketplace are not only thriving but building incredible 7 & 8 figure businesses.

If I were summarize a few of the differences between the dying and thriving it would be as simple as this:

The dying are relying on an old model of the speaking business. In other words they are focusing on creating signature speeches, speaking for a fee and doing as many speeches as they possibly can. The thriving understand that building a brand is important and real authentic connection with the audience trumps signature speeches every time.

The dying are always on the hunt for the next event to get in front of an audience.
The thriving understand the platforms available to them to create audiences around them and their content. They understand that once they find their vibe they earn their tribe.

The dying take out ads and do posts on social media focused on telling about themselves and their many accomplishments, constantly inviting you to events or buy products and promoting their latest greatest whatever it is.The thriving understand that today’s market place is value content and relationship driven. The more you give away the more likely you are to attract people who want to learn more.

The dying also don’t understand the important of building relationships with the power players in the business and that reputation helps create brand. The thriving understand that relationships with high level experts is available to them and they understand how to create synergy with people that matter. The dying don’t have a game plan and they often fly by the seat of their pants, taking whatever speaking gigs come their way.

The thriving understand that a business strategy is essential to success in the speaking business and saying no to events that don’t serve your bran is one of the best things you can do.
Anyways, there are a few thoughts for now.

End Rant.10X Your Speaking Business Douglas Vermeeren are you right?

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