Let's get it started

by Derek Featherstone

Sometimes you need to start fresh in order to experience something new. This is that fresh start. I love what I do, but always want more.

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.

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