I had a good idea…now…where did it go?

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There are many reasons why you should always record yourself when giving a speech. I will avoid the obvious reasons and write about a reason that is not apparent to many speakers.

As we speak, there are times that we say nuggets of gold that our audiences can use and benefit from. However, there are 2 main reasons why we don’t use these same nuggets of gold for our future audiences.

The first reason is that is that we don’t hear ourselves say these nuggets. We are so focused on our presentation and trying to be the best that if a phrase or idea comes out, we don’t hear it. Our audiences may hear it but we don’t and as we result we cannot repeat what we just said in the future.

The second reason is that we just forget. I know that many times I think of something of value but a few minutes later I forgot what I just thought. Writing down your ideas is good but what happens if you are in the middle of a speech or in a meeting? You can’t simply stop your speech and write down your idea or ask someone in the audience to save that idea.

This is why recording your speech is a good idea. You can go back and review your speech. If you hear something of value, you can write your nugget of gold down. This very nugget may be part of a future presentation that your audience will love and begin to ask you for more similar ideas.

Now start the recording!

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Considering Other Formats

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Growing up, many of us fantasized about personally winning the Championship Game for us and our team. As aspiring Professional Speakers, we fantasize about delivering “THE Keynote”: thousands of people focused on our every word, riotous laughter from our humor, thunderous applause at the end and a fat check on the way out, week after week.


In truth, the odds of you delivering “THE Keynote” are about the same as the odds of you actually winning the Championship Game for you and your team. Keynoting is hard work, and it’s a crowded space. You may be the foremost expert in your field yet seldom achieve the podium because of some deficiency in your presentation skills or marketing materials.

This does not mean you should stop pursuing your dream of being a Keynote Speaker; rather, consider other speaking formats that are suited to your speaking style. If your style is more personal, consider smaller venues: Breakout Sessions at conferences, conference rooms at corporate facilities. Should 60 minutes not be enough time to convey your message, consider half and whole day seminars. If you are teaching techniques or technology, move to a classroom setting. Be adaptable: as your area of expertise matures, you may be talking to large groups about concepts, conducting seminars on overviews, and multi-day training classes for details. Being comfortable in multiple formats will prove beneficial when negotiating for speaking gigs. It will also provide you with a steadier revenue stream.


You are delivering a message. That’s why you speak. Find all the Formats that work for you