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How To Kick-Start Your Public Speaking Career in 2016

This article is going to give you a five-point action plan and strategy for achieving an amazing public speaking transformation in 2016. If you follow it, you will improve. We know your time is precious, so let’s skip right into it. 1. Take Stock of What You’re Doing Right and Wrong Right Now.None of us are perfect. Most of us only get to do the odd occasional public speaking engagement, and a lack of practice means we’re bound to get things wrong. If you want to make 2016 your year for do...

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Posted on December 22, 2015

Travel Tips for the Holidays

 1. Make a list and Check it TwiceIf you write down what you definitely don't want to forget days before you pack, chances are you'll get all the essentials. 2. Just in Case Doesn't Belong in Your SuitcasePack for the weather and the activities you plan to do. Don't fill your suitcase with items that may or may not be used. 3. Make it Travel Size For Your ConvenienceThere's a reason they make all those toiletries as miniatures. It really does free up space and ...

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Posted on December 01, 2015

Speak for Free: It's Not Always About The Paycheck

Public speaking can be a great way to gain credibility as an expert, build your brand, and market your services. When you focus on the end goal, the immediate reward of a paycheck for speaking often becomes much less important. Sometimes it makes perfect sense to waive your speaking fee altogether. Here are five great reasons you may not want to focus on the speaking fee too much next time you apply for a gig.1.     Exposu...

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Posted on November 23, 2015

How To Pack Light

**As featured in the Holiday Issue of Behind the Podium**With the cost of travel ever-increasing, it's a good idea to take a carry-on and pack light. But packing light enough to fit everything in a carry-on is no easy task; and when checking baggage staying under that 50 pound limit can sometimes seem impossible. Here are nine easy ways to help keep your luggage as light as possible: (1) Call ahead. Check to see what accommodations are available where you are staying. Things like bea...

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Posted on November 30, 2011

The Best Time To Book Hotel Rooms

I found this very useful article in USA Today and wanted to share it with you.The Best Time to Book Hotel Rooms by David Thyberg, Demand Media The cost of hotel accommodations typically consumes a large portion of any travel budget. Understanding hotel booking strategies can help save a good bit of money. Of course, hotel rates fluctuate depending on a wide variety of factors, so landing the cheapest deals is not always an exact science. Regardless, t...

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Posted on August 25, 2011

How To Cruise For Free As A Cruise Enrichment Presenter

Being an approved cruise enrichment presenter is the greatest gig on the seven seas. The deal is simple: Furnish the cruise lines three or four 1-hour talks on subjects you love and receive a free cruise for you and a companion. The best part is the presentations are usually scheduled on sea days, so you'll have every port day totally free to explore. Additionally, you'll cruise as a passenger (not a crew member) so you'll get every other passenger perk, too.For tips on how to make you...

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Posted on August 23, 2011

Last-Minute Travel: How Book A Flight Within Two Hours Of Departure

I found this very useful article in USA Today and wanted to share it with you. ----------------------------------------------------------------How to Book a Flight Within Two Hours of Departure by Jaza Davidson, Demand Media You do not have to get stressed out when it comes to booking a last-minute flight. Though the various airlines have different protocols and procedures, they will generally allow you to book a flight up until two hours from departure...

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Posted on August 18, 2011

How To Financially Protect Yourself From Cancellations

We've received several reports from the SpeakerMatch community about contracts being canceled by meeting planners. Whether the conference itself gets canceled or the speaker budget gets cut, it's often the speaker who gets a raw deal--especially if they've already booked their flight and hotel with the expectation of receiving travel/lodging reimbursement. Here's the best way to keep yourself high and dry from financial burdens due to cancellations: Include a section on travel expend...

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Posted on August 16, 2011

Airline Fees Cheat-Sheet

Every airline has a different policy when it comes to luggage and other travel-associated fees. Whenever I am getting ready to select an airline for travel, I always check the airline fees cheat-sheet compiled by smarterTRAVEL. It's a great tool to help decide which airline offers the services that fits my needs for each particular trip. Click HERE for a link to this cheat-sheet.

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Posted on August 11, 2011

How To Book A Cheap Flight

I found this very useful article in USA Today and wanted to share it with you. ----------------------------------------------------------------How to Book a Cheap Flight by Chad Buleen, Demand Media Buying airplane tickets can be an expensive hassle. In addition to ticket prices, other costs associated with flying include fees for checked baggage, meals and headphones to use on the plane. Buying a plane ticket for a cheaper price, lets you...

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Posted on August 09, 2011

We've got jobs for speakers!

Since 2001, SpeakerMatch has been helping speakers get connected with meeting planners and others who hire speakers. Getting just one speaking engagement in a year can easily cover our low fee. For some speakers, even one engagement every few years covers the minimal investment. View more information about the SpeakerMatch profile and lead service and learn how you can start responding to meeting planners actively seeking speakers in just a few clicks!

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