March 5, 2011 By
I gave a teleclass this week and last where my listeners were contestants! The entire group had to fulfill a single task in just 3 minutes, with some basic raw materials. I told them what needed to be accomplished but that “how” they accomplished it would be all up to them. I let them know that to “beat the clock” would require creativity, ingenuity, fearlessness, passion and dedica- tion. In a nutshell, it would require leadership and cooperation—the two key words of the “new paradigm” we, as a species, are moving into. I then told them that this task was going to teach on many levels. It would teach them about how to teach (the reason they were on the call in the first place); it would teach them about leadership—theirs and others; it would teach about their own fears, inhibitions, doubts and strengths. And it would teach them about the ability to enroll others in a vision. So, how did they do on this task? Class One, from Thurs. Feb 24, did not beat the clock, set at 3 minutes. They came in at 4:23. Yesterday’s class came in at 4:52. First, I congratulate ALL of them for being there in the first place. I didn’t record this and they knew they had to be there live, and they were. And I congratulate them for playing the game at all, with a bunch of strangers!!! So, woo-hoo to them!! But what was the hold-up with the time? The task required “leaders” to step forward at 3 different points. Their roles were very simple. Nothing confusing (I’d made sure to give them a chance to ask any necessary questions), but they had to step forward. And do something that could have been viewed as silly by the group. Group One leaders came forward rather readily; their breakdown had mostly to do with time-management. Group Two, however, was reticent to step into leader- ship roles. To encourage them, I reminded them, “How you do anything is how you do everything!” Because, as I had told them, this would teach on many levels, not the least being seeing how they react to the threat of looking foolish, or to the threat of being imperfect (!) –because how they react here is how they react every- where. And I reminded them of the truth: that they are being called into leadership, as this world we live in rapidly changes. I reminded them that this is their calling. Yet still, Group Two (and to some extent, Group One, too) hung back. Now, I was teaching them Page 13 from my Secrets of Impact & Influence public speaking training. I call it the “10-Don’t-Bother-Speaking-or-Teaching-Without- These” Factors of Deep and Rapid Learning (and this Beat-the-Clock game was implementing all 10, though they didn’t realize that until later.) But for me, what was taught most profoundly was the hesitancy around leadership. Group Two was in competition–and I could feel that there were several on the call quite into beating Group One’s time–and yet that wasn’t enough. Now, of course, eventually, all 3 leaders DID materialize. And they did an amazing job of carrying the entire rest of the group forward. So, the leaders stepped up! But it took something for them to do it. And we didn’t have enough time on the call to review what it is they said to themselves to get them to speak up, but I’m going to ask them to come on over here and tell us their story. What got them to finally move into leadership? Have you ever been in a similar situation? Where your leadership was being called forth? How did you react? Did you wait to see if someone else would step forward first? Did you hear chatter in your head that had some- thing to do with fear of making a mistake or looking foolish? Or did you come barreling to the front of the proverbial (or not) room? Leadership is calling to all service entrepreneurs at this time. Inspired leadership, in particular. Are you ready? I’d love to hear some of your experiences! And leaders from the calls–let us know what finally got you to move onto center stage! Thank you to everyone who participated in the very first teleclass game show! It was a “hoot” and I learned so much! Hugs!
February 19, 2011 By
In my last post, I cracked the moral whip, taking a zero-tolerance stance on “how-to experts” who earn a living sharing their expertise, without ever learning the expertise of teaching. I made it clear that I find doing so irresponsible and glaringly out of alignment with their professed intention of wanting to help others. No one is being helped by an expert who doesn’t know how to successfully transfer knowledge. And I ruffled a few (not many, but a few) feathers, clearly hitting a nerve. So, let’s leave morality behind and get practical. Teaching power- fully is the difference between a message sticking, and a message evaporating into thin air. Teaching effectively is the difference between your viewers, readers or listeners taking the action you want them to, and slipping away into oblivion. Teaching well is the difference between their buying on the spot, and procrastinating. Contributing, and making excuses. Participating full-on, and sitting on the bench. Telling others about you, and remaining silent. If you got triggered by my wrist-slapping the other day, you can certainly agree with the common sense fact that teaching well is good for your reputation, your business and your intention to stimulate action. But I believe there is a critical purpose to teaching effectively that is greater than the moral value and the benefits to your business—and it has to do with the historic times we find ourselves in, and what they mean for the future of entrepreneurs. Have you noticed the once-incomprehensible changes that are happening on the planet right now? Upheavals of almost every kind abound, and with them come growing fear and uncertainty. And whether you realize it or not, your role as a business owner is changing, too. Where once, you were in service to your individual markets—now, you’re in service to the planet. Your role as entrepreneur is being upgraded to “leader of change.” I met an 85-year-old woman the other night who was terribly excited about the GET ON YOUR FEET2011 movement I’ve launched, and she added a new word to my lexicon: world-citizen. In these times, we are being called to world-citizenship as businesses. Which means we will be called forward to lead–on platforms we’ve never stood on before. And we must be worthy of that leadership. We must communicate so potently and effectively, that our words of insight get through, and move people to change with these changing times. It is essential that we not waste a breath speaking, unless it impacts. As a leader of change, everything we convey must count. And that is the most important reason to teach with powerful effectiveness. Not just because it’s morally responsible (which it is), or because it will make you more money (which it will)—but because you are here to achieve something and become a part of something bigger than you, and its success is imperative. The “new world” we are so quickly inhabiting will require powerful new leaders with new-paradigm qualifications. Teaching with excellence will be just one. On Thursday, February 24 at 4pm EST, I am doing something I have never done. (You’ve heard that one before, right?) I’m serious, though. For years, I’ve taught a revolutionary public speaking training based on brain research in memory and learning. Secrets of Impact and Influence has been an enduring and highly acclaimed signature program—that I only give live. Outside that training, I have never so much as whispered to any- one the secrets I teach there—and all of my attendees have been sworn to the same code of honor. But on Feb. 24, I am opening up the Secrets of Impact & Influence manual and teaching page 13: The 10 “Don’t-Bother -Teaching-Without-These” Factors of Deep and Rapid Learning. And because I’ll be using all 10 factors, The Inspired Speakers teleclass is going to be unlike ANY free call (or paid call!) you have EVER experienced. If you’re an expert, you cannot miss this. If you’re an entrepreneur, this is your future: leaders of change must know this information. So go now, read all about it and sign up!
May 17, 2010 By
Do you classify yourself as a “visionary entrepreneur”? Someone with a big mission that must be fulfilled? There’s like no other option? Then I hope you’re giving presentations and seminars —in particular, “live” presentations and seminars, though virtual conferences are better than nothing. Why do I say that? Because if you’ve got a mission, then others have to hear of it—not just one or two people here and there—and you have to be impeccable in your communication of it. As we move into these very exciting, very accelerated, often challenging times, the ability to reach deeply inside of others and re-arrange them —shift their paradigms and self-imposed boundaries, show them some- thing they’ve never noticed before—requires that you have something powerful within you, that you then express powerfully. Self-expression is a requirement of the visionary entrepreneur—but just as important (and perhaps more important)—is knowing what it takes for your information and ideas to be received by others. Too many presenters take this for granted. They think that “loving to speak” and telling great stories and oozing charisma is all it takes. But how many times have you been in the audience with someone who had all of that; someone you actually liked—yet you couldn’t follow them, didn’t understand how any of what they said applied to you, and you walked out forgetting virtually everything they said? If you are serious about your mission, you need to be serious about your ability to communicate with impeccable effectiveness. And that means being able to teach. On June 11th and 12th, I am giving my seventh Secrets of Impact & Influence Live Public Speaking Event. You can read all the details by clicking here. But I thought I’d take a moment to answer some questions I’ve been getting about the course. If you have big plans for yourself, I hope you’ll read on and then go look at the webpage with all the details. Secrets of Impact & Influence Q & A 1)What’s different about your speaking seminar? This training is unlike all others because it teaches you how to TEACH. That in and of itself is the critical distinction. But it doesn’t end there. It teaches you how to “teach to the brain.” This training is solidly based on what the latest brain research tells us about learning and memory. That information is “must-know” for anyone speaking to groups. I will go so far as to say that if you don’t know this, you are being irresponsible with your audiences. After this training, you will be better than 95% of trained teachers out there for SURE and absolutely better than 99% of presenters. If “being the best” is your thing, this is right for you. You can learn all the platform skills you want; or how to make money from speaking–but if you’re not hands-down a killer-powerful communicator…those skills won’t get you a hill of beans. 2) Do I have to be experienced to attend? (I.E. comfortable with speaking?) This course—because it teaches a clear, simple “system” that you will use forever—makes it the perfect course for those who fear speaking or are inexperienced. You can just call on the sequences I teach you and always feel and be in control. 3. Should I be INexperienced, then? I love this question. I get to smile knowingly and say, “No. You need to be here more than anyone else.” Why? Because you haven’t studied the brain most likely—and you aren’t incorporating all the strategies that must be in place to get the brain’s attention, keep it, and have it remember your material. In addition, you are most likely still mimicking the 4 cultural influences from the middle ages (literally!) that make presenters ineffective. (You can listen to my 90-minute teleclass that reveals what these 4 influences are here: http://inspiredleadershiptraining.com//teleclass-replay/) 4. Do I need to have a presentation prepared to make this worth-while? No. Come as you are. 5. How does this “bring a colleague free” gift work? Well, it goes away on Friday. After that, the tuition—which is already slashed for this event—will remain the same for one week, then start to go up sharply. But for this week, you can bring someone with you, which could, ostensibly, cut the cost for you. They need to be someone who gives (or plans to give) presentations or seminars, however. And if you can’t find someone, don’t back yourself out of this. You can do this! It’s so important that you do. No need to slip into lack consciousness… To reserve seats for you and your colleague now, just go here: www.inspiredleadershiptraining.com/secrets 6) It’s really a stretch for me to go to this. What am I really going to get for all my travel expenses plus tuition? You’re walking out with THE template required to being better than 95% of trained teachers and 99% of presenters. You’re going to learn the template ONCE and use it 1,000 times. Which means–if you use it correctly–you are going to have the keys to being consistently pitch-perfect for the rest of your life. Getting powerful results from your audiences for life. Is having this power in your hands forever worth a one-time cost–whatever it may be? If you’re serious about being successful, and serious about your message, and you have HIGH STANDARDS…I believe so, or I’d never bother giving this training. 7.) What’s a success story?8. )Why do we go until 11pm the first night? Because I want you to experience a DIFFERENT kind of learning. The kind that comes from your spirit, not your brain. And that’s what Fun Night is all about. Ask all the past participants: the 14 hours go by in a flash! You won’t want to leave… 9.) And what’s this webinar we get for free? It’s called “Teaching to the Brain” and I’m giving it publicly THIS WEDNESDAY night at 7pm. All participants of SII attend free. It gives the science of learning and memory–told layperson to layperson! I am not a neuroscientist, but I do know a lot, and it will benefit you greatly to zoom into the brain and see what it is you want to achieve as a presenter who’s better than 99% of other presenters! You can read about that course here: www.inspiredleadershiptraining.com/teachingbrain 10.) And where is it? In lovely New Jersey. (It really is lovely here, especially in June!) At the Marriott in ParkRidge, NJ. The hotel is very nice–pool, bar…all those necessities. It’s Friday June 11 and 12th 9am-11PM Friday; 9am – 5pm Saturday. Fly in to EWR and take a shuttle to the hotel. I think that covers most of the questions I’ve been getting. And remember, the bring-a-colleague-free special ends this Friday, May 21. So…visionary entrepreneur, I hope you won’t jump from here to anything else. Go read and *watch* more about the event and see how you feel at www.inspiredleadershiptraining.com/secrets. I would never waste your time (or mine) giving a seminar I didn’t KNOW would change your business (and life) forever. That’s my mission, after all–to make sure those with big missions, fulfill them!
Actually, I just received this email from a participant who came nearly two years ago:
“I’ve been doing quite a bit of presenting – and doing marvelously well at it. You ask how much your course is worth. Each time I present I get a 5% sign up rate for my private coaching (which used to be about 2%) and a 60% sign up for seminars (which used to be about 30%). My rates aren’t cheap, particularly for group coaching, so this translates to a great deal of money for me. So here is what you can say to your prospects: How much would an increase of an extra 3% of sales for your high end and 30% of your low end translate to in the course of a year…or your life? That’s what your course is worth. Thanks, Lizabeth! –Luann Allen, Wealth Designer, www.successfanatic.com