1/3/2020

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Teleseminar Info


Wednesday, January 15
From Keynote to Broadway(ish):
How to Create Your One-Person Show

with Merit Kahn Gest, CSP

Merit GestHave you ever thought about performing a one-person show in a theater? It could give you a different outlet for your life stories that are powerful or entertaining but maybe not quite right for the business-oriented keynotes you do.

Even if you can’t envision yourself creating such a show, you will get a lot from hearing a speaker who did just that. The performance techniques that can make a show successful can also make your keynote presentations stand out even more.

Read more about this session at the bottom of this newsletter, then register or pre-order the MP3. Note: Everyone who registers for the teleseminar will get the MP3 recording of the session for free.


Hold the date:

  • Mon., Feb. 10 — Nate Woodbury will share how to find, vet, hire and work with smart assistants from the Philippines. Details coming soon.

Intensive — Adapting Your Content
for Lucrative E-Learning Courses

Colleagues are making big bucks with e-learning, both for individuals and for corporate clients. E-learning is not just uploading webinar videos, especially if you want to get into the lucrative continuing education market. It needs to have components that prove attendees understand the information.

With these three recordings, you’ll hear different approaches and strategies for making high-quality e-learning to sell to your clients and individuals.

  • “Cracking the Continuing Education Code for a Healthy Revenue Stream” with Jeff Justice, CSP
  • “Creating a Quality Video Course” with Mark Camacho
  • “Multiply Your Income by Leveraging Your Speech Content into a Training Product That You Don’t Have to Deliver” with Shep Hyken, CSP, CPAE

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From the Editors

Happiest of New Years! May 2020 be filled with everything you wish for.

Miscellaneous Tips

The value of peer review of your keynoteRebecca Morgan

In the past, I’ve asked other successful speakers to offer refinements after my live presentations. This week a successful speaker pal asked me to help him add humor to his keynote. In the process, we uncovered redundancies, places that could be tighter and clearer, slides that needed upgrading, as well as new humor opportunities.

When was the last time you asked another successful speaker to play devil’s advocate to your keynote, sharing where a cynical audience member may question your info, or what may be out of date or off-putting? If your ego can stand it, it’s a valuable process and will only make your keynote stronger.


Pay homage to the seven-minute shiftJeff Davidson

The typical adult audience can only maintain focus on a particular topic area for about seven minutes. Every seven minutes, if not sooner, move on to something else, whether it be a new sub-topic, a new story, or a new way of interacting with the audience. If you continue in the same way for longer than seven minutes, you run the risk of having audience members drift, if not doze.


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Technology Tips

Website contact form securityBrenda Bence

I asked our website designer how to keep spambots from filling out our contact form. Here’s what she said:

“There are a couple of ways, but I find a captcha is the most successful. There are various captchas you can use such as math (which is my preference), letters, and photos.

“An alternative to captchas are ‘honeypots.’ A honeypot is a field added to the form that users can’t see. Honeypots work well because they don’t inconvenience users like captchas do, and they are a valid tool for preventing spambots. A spambot will fill in every field, even the ones a valid user can’t see, so if the honeypot field is filled in, the form gets rejected because it will be flagged as having been filled in by a spambot.

“However, spambot authors have caught on to this and have now added code to detect these hidden fields, too. If the name of the field is always the same, then the field is really simple to detect.

“I use a plugin called Gravity Forms and haven’t had any issues with spambots. Gravity Forms has options for both honeypots and reCAPTCHA. For the most part my clients use the honeypot option. I know that if a visitor uses autofill for forms the honeypot may get filled in and the form won’t get submitted. I’ve only come across this once and the form was linked to MailChimp so it was MailChimp that was preventing the form from being processed.”


Quick video screen capture toolJay Arthur

Loom is an add-in for Chrome that makes it easy to capture screen and webcam videos for immediate distribution. No processing required. I use it for quick response to customers and prospects.

Here’s the product description: “With Loom, you can capture your screen, voice, and face and instantly share your video in less time than it would take to type an email.” It is available for Mac, Windows, and iOS, and is used by more than 1.8 million people across 50,000 companies.


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Our new TOTM is: What are you excited to implement in 2020 that you expect will have a huge impact on your business?

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Winno Marsh

I’m making a commitment to something that is so old hat that most people will sneer but, judging how infrequently it happens to me, I reckon it’s pretty important.

And what’s that? Every day I’m going to send a thank-you note to somebody I should thank.

Up ’til now I have occasionally made a thank-you call or, more often, sent a thank-you email but, most times, I haven’t even bothered. And, I’ve decided any sort of digital thanks just doesn’t cut it.

I’m going to make time in my day to write and tell someone that I appreciate them. And, yep, a good old-fashioned hand-written note in a hand-addressed envelope with a stamp on it sent by snail mail!

I reckon it will work gangbusters... well, at least, it’ll make me feel good.


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SpeakerNet News Teleseminar Info


Wednesday, January 15
From Keynote to Broadway(ish):
How to Create Your One-Person Show

with Merit Kahn Gest, CSP

Merit GestA strong keynote and an entertaining one-person show have a lot in common: stories, compelling message, humor, entertainment, inspiration. Many speakers have funny or poignant stories that just don’t fit with their corporate content. A one-person show would allow you to express parts of your philosophy, personality and life that can’t be shoehorned into a business talk.

If you’ve ever pondered performing a one-person show, you don’t want to miss this teleseminar. Merit will discuss these questions and more: How could you turn your keynote into a theatrical performance? How is crafting a piece of theater similar and different from crafting a keynote? How much time and money would it take? What’s the possibility of monetizing the show?

Merit created a one-woman show to celebrate her 50th birthday, performing it in a sold-out, 175-seat theater. In this teleseminar, she will reverse engineer what made the show successful and how to bring more performance to your keynote — or create a one-person show that inspires like your keynote.

You will learn:

  • how to create a structure for your one-person show
  • a realistic timeline from start to finish
  • a laundry list of things I wish I knew before, during and after the show
  • who you will need on your team
  • what is possible after your performance
  • how to monetize your show
Register or order the MP3 recording.
Note: people who register for the teleseminar will get the MP3 recording of the session for free.

Date: Wednesday, January 15
Time: 7:00 pm Eastern, 6 pm Central, 5 pm Mountain, 4 pm Pacific
 (Enter your location here to get your local time)
Length: 60 minutes
Cost: $25



Special Limited-Time Offer:

If you would like more ways to bring more show business to your presentations, we’re suggesting the MP3 recordings of several earlier programs to complement this program:

  • “Get Standing Ovations Using Broadway and Film Performance Techniques” with Lou Heckler, CSP, CPAE
  • “Using Stand-Up Comedy Secrets to “Funny Up” Your Presentations” with Judy Carter

With your order of this live or recorded session, at checkout you will be offered these recordings.


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