Category Archives: Motivation

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 219) – Tony Robbins

“Give more to your audience than they have any right to expect.” — Tony Robbins Photo courtesy of Brian Solis / Flickr

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A Lesson from David Bowie’s Final Album

Participation is a fundamental aspect of my workshops with corporations and organizations. If you are going to attend my workshops, you are going to speak.  Often. There is no escape. I also get people to participate in the lectures that … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 211) – Demosthenes

“All speech is vain and empty unless it be accompanied by action.” — Demosthenes Photo courtesy of Sting / Wikimedia Commons

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 210) – Bruce Lee

“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there. You must go … Continue reading

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How I became an international public speaker

Recently, I was interviewed by Monique Blokzyl on her monthly community call, mySpeakerBusiness. I very much enjoyed our discussion. Monique is passionate about helping people who want to become professional speakers get a start. She has interviewed dozens of people … Continue reading

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Three Life Practices from a Four-Star General

Three life practices from the military, courtesy of Stanley McChrystal, a retired United States Army General. Former Secretary of Defence Robert Gates has described him as “perhaps the finest warrior and leader of men in combat I (have) ever met”. Continue reading

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Seize every opportunity

Two days ago, my wife and I went to the theatre here in Geneva. We saw Blue Butterfly, an original play written and performed by a talented group of people, the majority of whom are scientists. The play is clever, … Continue reading

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A lesson from “American Psycho” on comparisons

An important lesson from American Psycho. Continue reading

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Burning the ships and sailing away

The legendary Alexander the Great built an empire that, at its height, stretched from Ancient Greece to India. One of his strongest and most formidable enemies was the Persian Empire of Darius III. In 334 BC, Alexander led a fleet of Greek and Macedonian … Continue reading

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Fifteen reasons to give a speech in 2015

1.  Because you will grow. 2.  Because you will learn. 3.  Because you will be noticed. 4.  Because you can solve a problem. 5.  Because it scares you. 6.  Because it will open doors. 7.  Because you can make an impact. 8. … Continue reading

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