Let’s get it started

by Derek Featherstone

I’ve wanted to do this for a while now — start something new, get into a new area of writing and share some of the expertise that I’ve built over my 18 years of experience teaching and speaking.

I’ve wanted to be a teacher for most of my life, and I’m really privileged to get invited to speak at conferences and give workshops all over the world.

I’ve learned a lot about how to speak effectively and want to share them with you here. We’re not talking about things like “not saying um” or “how to gesture” or other mechanical aspects of speaking. There may be some of that, but I’m primarily talking about things like great ways to manage your talks, how to frame things, how to decide what content to include and not include in your presentations, when to be practical and when to entertain, and how to make the most out of presentations from a business perspective. We’ll also explore planning your talks and workshops so that those longer speaking engagements are more than just you delivering a lecture for 6 hours.

In 1999, I left teaching high school to pursue my own business. I’ve been a very successful consultant ever since, and I owe a lot of our business success to the work that I do as a speaker.

October 2nd, 2011

2 Comments

2 Comments

Hey! This site is a great idea! I am really interested in speaking well, and have been on a journey getting the skills under my belt to do so.

Glad I found this site (via someone associated with @webstock I think) because I’m at the stage past the ‘mechanics’. I’m looking for finesse, ease, gauging audience needs, making change and charging people with action.

Ooo that sounded evangelical!

Subscribed: can’t wait for more. Well done.

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Derek Featherstone October 8, 2011

Michelle — thanks so much for your comment and for subscribing! I’m pretty excited about this, so I’m glad to hear that there is interest out there…

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