When you are just starting out as a speaker, don’t get paralyzed by the idea that if you don’t get paid for giving the speech, it was waste of your time. I’ve worked with many speakers over the years who are so concerned with monet
If you are a speaker or aspire to be one, you need to spend 18 minutes watching Nancy Duarte’s TED talk on the structure speeches from the greatest speakers out there. This will be one of the most productive 18 minutes you’ll spend! If y
As a speaker, you know it’s important to practice. But you have to know when to stop practicing and trust your gut. The reality is, some of the best lines you deliver in a speech will be spontaneous. Ones that you did not write and rehearse ove
I’ve talked with hundreds of speakers over the years about whether or not it’s time to explore a relationship with a speakers bureau. The reality is that a bureau can be an invaluable partner in your speaking business. However, it’s
References from clients who know you and may have scheduled you to speak in the past are critical to growing your brand in this market. Other clients who don’t know you and have never heard you speak need to hear from those who have. It’s
You audience is begging you, pleading with you to ENTERTAIN THEM.You may not think you’re funny—and the reality is, you may NOT be funny—but don’t let that stop you. If you want to be an effective speaker, you need to master the art of humor du
Breland Consulting works with public speakers—motivational, corporate, political, faith and more—to build speaking careers that will endure. Based outside of Nashville, Tennessee, we offer consulting services to motivational speakers at all points in their careers.