Ten secrets of successful speakers

Here are ten secrets that successful speakers use to keep their audiences engaged and moved to action. Most important – do NOT read your speech, keep your presentation slides simple, use images more than words, have a conversation, define your terms.

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Four steps to start or refresh your business

1. Complete this one-page business plan
2. Avoid jargon
3. Let the SBA help you
4. Contact me

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What’s wrong with this picture? Apostrophe s.

More than one computer is computers, not computer’s. But more than one A is A’s.

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Want to get published? Do these first.

I’m working with a client on her memoir and invited her to a meeting of my writers group for a presentation about how to write, publish and market her book. The presentation was terrific — especially two of the recommendations from presenter Jim Kepler. He said (1) Discover your category and (2) Write the blurb for the back cover, even though it will probably change many times as you write your book.

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Nancy’s proposal template

I use this proposal template for my own business and for my clients. Feel free to use and/or modify it. It helps me stay focused on what prospects really care about: 1. Results, 2. How much money it’s going to cost, 3. How soon it can get done, 4. How much inconvenience, downtime and staff disruption they’re going to have to put up with, and 5. Reassurance that my client or my company are right for the job.

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Three basic business questions you MUST answer

Most people have a hard time answering three fundamental business questions. But the answers are vital to the health of your business and the success of your marketing efforts. I need answers to the same questions. I ask my favorite customers.

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Six ways to save money

OK, you’ve finally decided to create/update your website/brochure/business card/sales sheet/whatever. Maybe you’ve already contacted someone like me – or even me – to help you.

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It’s OK to start a sentence with And, But or So

I remember Mrs. Bishop, my third grade teacher, telling the class that we could not, under any circumstance, ever start a sentence with “and,” “but” or “so.”

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Worried about ending a sentence with a preposition?

There are 150 prepositions in the English language and my fifth grade teacher, Miss Tyron, made us memorize most of them.

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