2 Lies All Public Speakers Tell | Advice from Genie

ByBill Belew

2 Lies All Public Speakers Tell | Advice from Genie

Tell the Truth

Tell the Truth

My daughter and I enjoy the Disney flicks. She writes about her experience and impressions at HowILearnedToBe.Me. Don’t be too critical, she’s only 5.

Genie told Aladdin, “Tell her the truth!”

Public speakers tell lies.

There are 2 that they tell more often than others.

1. Professional speakers lie about how much money they make. I  talked to a would-be client who speaks 30 times a year for $8,000 a pop. But he cannot afford to pay $200 for me to tell him what it takes to get a cruise ship speaking gig. This leads to the second lie.

Related: 20 Ways to be a more creative public speaker

2. Professional speakers lie about how busy they are. “I speak about 3 times a month.” Translation, the speaker who says this spoke 4 times in one month and hasn’t since.

I used to hang out with a group of writers. As it turned out most of them if not all had written something once and thought they were writers. They hadn’t written anything since. I called them ‘wroters’ and they threw me out.

Speakers are sometimes ‘spokers’ at best.

Tell the truth. And who knows, you might just win the girl Jasmine, um, speaking gig you want.

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Bill Belew, PhD, MFA, MSc also has a very interesting career. Bill spent a half dozen years in the US Navy climbing the enlisted ranks and making the jump to Lieutenant where he served as a Surface Warfare, Communications and Intelligence Officer. While aboard ship, in the Navy, he sailed enough nautical miles to circumnavigate the globeAfter his military time, Bill spent nearly 20 years in the Far East – Japan, China, Russia and India where he taught university and created and grew his own language school throughout Japan and Far East Russia.Bill speaks to audiences of all size, countless times yearly. He has a network of 4000+ individuals who follow him in the Silicon Valley Bay Area to learn about Social Media/inbound/content marketing. He is a weekly guest on the Social Network Station broadcast to 90+ countries from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.More than 75,000,000 people have viewed over 125,000,000 pages in his network of sites.Bill is represented by 4 cruise ship agencies that send him, literally, anywhere and everywhere in the world, and is a principal of SpeakOnCruises.com

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