11 Unusual Methods for Being a Great Public Speaker

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Prakash Panangaden taught me everything about public speaking. The first thing he taught me when we were in Kaiserslautern, Germany, for my “fascinating” talk titled “A Mechanically Assisted Proof in Category Theory” was ‘never go to the porn shops here. They will rip you off.’ I was 22 and Kaiserslautern was the worst city I had ever been to in my entire life.

In a 24 hour period, I was chased by a lunatic, accused of stealing at the hotel I was staying at, kicked out of a bar for reasons I still can’t understand, and warned by my professor/mentor not to go to any porn stores or I would be ripped off. Being 22, I promptly ignored him. Part of the reason I was later chased  and perhaps also accused of stealing but that’s another story.

I was very very nervous about public speaking to these people (the name of the conference is so boring I can’t even repeat it). For one thing, its impossible to make esoteric math like “Category Theory” funny.

(a slide from my talk tomorrow)

So when the conference was having their big banquet and awards ceremony, Prakash (my mentor at the time and co-author on the article I was presenting) took me to the speaking hall. He said, “you are hopeless. We have to skip the party or you are going to be an embarrassment to me.”

We were the only ones in the speaking hall while everyone was in the banquet.

He said, let me see your slides. I showed him. He said, “these are all awful” and he quickly rewrote all of them and explained why he was rewriting each one. Then he sat in the back of the hall and had me stand on the podium. He said, “give the talk.”

For every slide, he went over and over it again. “You have to have a joke or something that surprises on each slide.” He would have me walk to different parts of the podium for different slides. Or move my hands a certain way to make a point. He went over every nuance with me. He taught me how to tell a joke and wait for the laugh. If nobody laughs “Tell people, ‘you were supposed to laugh at that’ even if it’s not funny. And then they will.”

I horribly disappointed him when I was thrown out of graduate school less than a year later and he hasn’t spoken to me since. (more on why I got thrown out in “How I Torture Women”)

The next day I gave the talk and I was very happy – people laughed at my jokes. A woman came up to me afterwards and said, “I had no idea Category Theory could be so funny.” Prakash even said to me, “you were a natural, they can’t teach that.” And I know he was just being nice but it was the highest praise.

A colleague of ours, sitting next to Prakash during my talk whispered to him during the talk, “why didn’t James even ask for my help on this.” Prakash turned to him and said, “because he hates you.” From Prakash I learned a particular brand of honesty.

So I have to give a talk Thursday and on June 13 so I’ve been thinking of these items.

Here’s my 11 unusual tips on being a better public speaker:

1)            Start off with a joke. This is a must. People need to laugh within the first 30 seconds or else you’re going back to your cubicle at the pencil factory and they will never remember you.

I spend about at least one to two hours before the talk coming up with the first joke because I know that’s what starts off the good feelings for the rest of the talk. I usually make it relevant to the locale and the topic or the news (Tomorrow’s joke starts off: “True story: two days ago I was having dinner with the prime minister of Pakistan and…”) And it actually will be a true story.

2)            Get on their level. This has two meanings. I once fell off of a podium while pacing around giving a talk. I was very embarrassed. So now I always get off the podium and explain that I’m afraid to fall off so I’m just going to walk around if that’s ok with everyone. People laugh a little bit and it physically and mentally brings me onto their level.

3)            Very important: I very very slightly slur my words. A very small slur. I don’t drink at all. But by slightly slurring my words it’s as if I’m telling my brain I’m a little drunk. When you’re a little drunk you don’t really care what people think of you and you take a few more chances than you would’ve otherwise. It also makes me a bit more brutally honest. And everyone likes a nice drunk!

4)            I try to use JUST one word plus one image per page. No more! You think people really want to come to a talk and read a novel? They want to look at funny pictures. At heart, we are all two year olds trying to just stay alive. I’m not saying this in a patronizing way. Its just true.

Here’s one slide from my upcoming talk:

Colorful, topical. It’s the world record bubble creator, so its interesting. And has the flare of magic around it. Given recent events, if I can’t fill up 30 seconds of brilliant insight with this slide then I shouldn’t be doing any public speaking.

5)            Try to shock people on each slide. This keeps them awake. They’ve just been jolted with electricity. Like a taser. That hits their brain to keep them awake for another 30 seconds (I say this all because I hate talks and I know I fall asleep every 30 seconds during a talk) Here’s another slide from my upcoming talk:

I then tell people I just bought this house. People are shocked for a brief second (the human mind is conditioned to believe everything it hears). Then I say, “no I didn’t”. And everyone relaxes. All of their muscles relax. The jealousy muscle, the reality muscle, the humor muscle. Everything settles down. Some chuckles. Its obviously not my house. But now we can all move ahead and talk again.

(I actually think the above house is Stevie Cohen’s house. Here’s how Stevie Cohen Changed My Life).

6)            Self-deprecating. Very important to remind people that you have the same fears, worries, faults that they do. We’re all human. We all have lots of problems and we’re just trying to get from birth to death and solve those problems.

So hell, let’s solve some of those problems right here together in this talk.

Remember you don’t get wiser when you get older. You just get older. You have to practice to get wiser. Self-deprecation, really studying your foibles, helps with the wiser part.

So in the middle of my talk I remind people I’m not allowed to drive. The reason: because unfortunately there was a photographer present the last time I drove a car. Here’s the result of that photographer taking a picture of my last driving experience:

7)            A talk should be a three act structure, like a play or a movie. Or like July 4 fireworks. In the first third of a talk, set up “GREED” – why they need to be listening to you. In the second part, set up “FEAR” – what could happen if they don’t listen. Then in the explosive third act, the grand show! .

You can tell how impressively intelligent I am when I have a slide like this in the final third of the presentation:

8)            The Pretty Girl Rule. You need a pretty girl in your presentation. Remember, magicians always have pretty assistants. So I put one in the slide show.

9)            Never ever self-promote. You have to come across as honest and not selling something. Nobody trusts a used-car salesman. So, in the final slide tomorrow, I have this book BUT I will, on purpose, yell at the person from Fidelity who organized the conference and say “I TOLD YOU NOT TO PUT THIS IN HERE!” and everyone laughs.

(click here to find out why i self-published, how you can, and how to get a free copy)

10)          Simple facts nobody knows. I peek in at talks sometimes and there’s all these charts and data. Puke! Nobody remembers stuff. This isn’t college you know! Keep the facts simple. Example: everyone thinks Greece is really important today in the news. You know the economy of Greece is the same size as the economy of Rhode Island? BAM!

11)          Tell Stories. This is a must. Whenever anyone goes to a talk they are signing up for a couple of reasons:

a.            They want to know they are “ok”

b.            They want to know how they can be better

c.             They want to be entertained

d.            They want to know more about you

I’m not so bad at telling stories. Like the time I went to this sleazy porn store in Kaiserslautern, Germany and…

Follow me on Twitter. I hope you can come to a talk I give eventually.

 


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  • http://twitter.com/jrosenberg6432 Joshua Rosenberg

    As a High School Science teacher these tips are awesome – I’m bookmarking this post to use. I’ve read a lot of your posts, and some are great, some are alright, and some seem like content filler. This post is amazing. Thank you sire.

  • http://twitter.com/demianfarnworth Demian Farnworth

    Slurring your words really makes you feel drunk? Really? I’m usually so incredibly vibrating from fear I don’t think I’d even think to slur. So why not just drink? All the great writers did it anyway, right? 

    • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

      No need to if you can tell your brain to think that way on command. the way you do it (and to overcome the fear you are feeling) is the slight slur. BUt very very slight. Nobody should be able to tell.

    • http://twitter.com/kamalravikant Kamal Ravikant

      Many of the great writers did drink, but very very few, in looking back, say that it made their writing better.  I think it’s more the result of having to face one’s internal demons to write the truth.  Bleeding on the page, day after day, is hard.  Hemingway, when he’d be working on a novel, would only have one or two drinks at dinner, no more.  He knew what the cost was.

    • http://twitter.com/kamalravikant Kamal Ravikant

      Many of the great writers did drink, but very very few, in looking back, say that it made their writing better.  I think it’s more the result of having to face one’s internal demons to write the truth.  Bleeding on the page, day after day, is hard.  Hemingway, when he’d be working on a novel, would only have one or two drinks at dinner, no more.  He knew what the cost was.

  • http://www.ospreyvision.com/blog Steve Finikiotis

    Great stuff. 

  • C.S. Michael

    A neophyte question: how do you land public speaking gigs? For those of us masochists who enjoy public speaking, is there an agency you recommend?

    Nice tips. It’s easy to forget that humor, and not Thousand Island, is the true secret sauce.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1638567572 Chris Elliott

      C.S Michael – Go to the professional organizations in your topic area and speak to their local chapters. Look on their websites for the program or educational chair. Call them. Ask to be a backup speaker if a speaker bails. You might not get paid, but if you are good you can ask to be recommended as a speaker at the national or global conference.

  • RobbieR

    Great! Articles like this is why I started reading your blog. Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1638567572 Chris Elliott

    Great points. Another one I find helpful is to be yourself. Many people are turned off by “motivational speakers,” but great professional speakers are very real. They are funny, tell stories, but are able to make points that people walk away knowing they got some value.

  • http://twitter.com/TheAcsMan George Acs

    Nice points.

    Humor is the great equalizer. Even if you’re not quite yet an expert on your topic, if you get your audience to like you, their questions will be less inquisition like.

    However, I found, that as I got older, the nerves disappeared, because not only did I know more on the topic at hand than probably anyone else in the audience, but without having to prove myself, I could spend more time telling stories that had some tangential relationship to the topic at hand.

    And if they didn’t? Who cared. I like telling stories.

    My recent book, Option to Profit, even though it is all about creating hedged portfolios is filled with stories (and cartoons) to demystify the topic and make for easier reading.

    Same concept as making a presentation bearable.

    One word about alcohol.

    My first presentation to an audience that I wasn’t familiar with was 3000 miles from home. I was so incredibly nervous, but then decided to have a beer an hour before the presentation.

    I’ve never been much of a drinker, but it did wonders for the nerves and did give off a very slight slur.

    Haven’t done that since, but I really needed it that first time.

  • Anonymous

    Brilliant stuff!  However, how do you handle talks where the slides are a leave-behind, where each one needs to speak on its own to a reader without you there to explain it?  Or do you not do *those* kind of talks?  BTW, loved the book and your posts…don’t agree with everything you write, but the fact that I read them and am entertained speaks to your ability to engage the reader….

  • Caroline

    Great advice for writers too.

  • http://twitter.com/sirdanielsilva Daniel Silva

    You are nuts. I love it.

  • http://www.brookefarmer.com Brooke Farmer

    Did you really drive that car into the house???

  • http://www.brookefarmer.com Brooke Farmer

    Also, I would really love to see you speak sometime. If you are ever doing a presentation on my end of the country let me know. You know where to find me. 

  • Ryker

    I’ve never heard of you before – but now I want to hear you speak! Excellent advice. Hopping over to see what the self-publishing fuss is all about. Cheers.

  • Andrew Wyatt

    You know what would be a good post?  The story of how the hell you got into grad school at Carnegie Mellon in the first place, after coming out of Cornell with a 3.0 GPA.

    • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

      Yeah, would be.

      • James Robert

        I’d read it ;)

    • Maria B

      An Andrew Wyatt Burp??

  • CMS

    But if you did drink, I’m sure you would suggest a fine CEDC product for budding public speakers!

  • http://twitter.com/kamalravikant Kamal Ravikant

    Interesting timing, James.  I was at an event earlier which had several presenters and on the way home, was thinking that I need to pull out my half-read copy of “Confessions of a Public Speaker,” and learn about speaking.  I get home, check out your blog, and that’s what your latest post is on…

  • Serghei Dascalu

    Thanks for the post, James. Refreshing as always.
    Re: your p.7 above: you may not be aware, but Aristotle ripped you off in his Poetics. He bluntly borrowed “greed->fear->explosive third act” and sort-of invented his lame “pity->fear->catharsis”.
    Proof? Before Poetics he used “catharsis” purely in its medical sense (usually referring to the evacuation of the katamenia—the menstrual fluid or other reproductive material). But taking into consideration that one wouldn’t want to elicit THAT kind of reaction throughout the audience, he went for the metaphor.

  • Todd_Andelin

    Dont forget your entrance.
    Dont forget how you will leave

  • http://twitter.com/pcastela Pedro Castela

    11 tips to win your crowd!

  • http://rodolfogrimaldi.com Daniel Mihai Popescu

    This post is one of my favorites so far. You make history! I read also some things against you. Those guys  have to try harder to misinterpret your sayings, and without being subjective, I think you are right most of the time. You’re especially right with the thing about getting older, :) 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FVAXY5OZTYZ2D35XXYJLNEJVBI Bullocks

    Excellent advice! The German porn shops always rip you off.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t actually have much call to use public speaking advice, as such.  But a lot of this is really good advice for anyone who needs to communicate with other people, at all, ever.  I will be using it, maybe I am already. Huh.  

    Thank you.  

      

  • Anna

    I read you all the time for wisdom like this:

    At heart, we are all two year olds trying to just stay alive.

  • Anna

    I read you all the time for wisdom like this:

    At heart, we are all two year olds trying to just stay alive.

    • Fubar

      Altucher radiates unconditional love for humanity. And he doesn’t have to wear a Buddhist robe like the Dali Lama does, so he is somewhat less conspicuous in german porn shops. Altucher for President!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tad.dunville Tad Dunville

    Awesome post. You could probably condense it all down to the bullets under #11 and tell people “do anything that falls under / furthers these four concepts”. But this entire post is worth of framing for anybody that interacts with a group of more than three people/day, let alone addresses a room full.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tad.dunville Tad Dunville

    Awesome post. You could probably condense it all down to the bullets under #11 and tell people “do anything that falls under / furthers these four concepts”. But this entire post is worth of framing for anybody that interacts with a group of more than three people/day, let alone addresses a room full.

  • Mahesh

    Thanks, Never done public speaking but still good to know.
    11th point is exactly what your blog is , every blog is interesting and has lot of value and to learn from.

    I saw you on Jay Leno again yesterday. He is running out of material

    • Mahesh

      you are everywhere today, I was reading a article on marketwatch and read about “greece economy size of road island ” bang ,  I scrolled up to see the author, – James Altucher

  • Mahesh

    Thanks, Never done public speaking but still good to know.
    11th point is exactly what your blog is , every blog is interesting and has lot of value and to learn from.

    I saw you on Jay Leno again yesterday. He is running out of material

  • jj

    Where n when is the talk?

  • http://www.awkwardengineer.com AwkwardEngineer

    I like stories!  Also, my grandpa speech giving advice was  “if you can’t say it in ten minutes, don’t say it at all. ”

    -www.awkwardengineer.com

  • jdub

    I sell cars and people trust me….I actually think we have moved up the food chain in trust.  Bankers, politicians,lawyers, reporters, shit we are moving down the list.

  • Kevin M

    I’m giving a talk later this month about accounting & tax (about as exciting as your topic)…thanks for the tips.

    For my opening, I was thinking of trying to juggle, but failing miserably, since I can’t juggle. Then going from there with some clever line (Thank God I didn’t follow my parents into the circus! No they’re not really in the circus.). I figure this will be sort of funny and self-deprecating and help them remember me. Is this a terrible idea?

    • Nubzz

      Terrible. You’ll definitely be remembered, but as the dumb juggling guy.

  • Shmuliklein

    Thanks James, 

    Good tips.
    K-Town is not so bad,  nice quite town full of US Army…

  • Anonymous

    Sadly, somebody had to check the Greece v. Rhode Island figures, and sadly that person was me.  That’s okay, I am not holding you responsible for my life lack.

  • Anonymous

    Sadly, somebody had to check the Greece v. Rhode Island figures, and sadly that person was me.  That’s okay, I am not holding you responsible for my life lack.

    • Anonymous

      That was the only easily verifiable fact in this blog entry.  And nobody thought to verify it.  And it is phooey.  That may well be the most important lesson.

    • James Robert

      Should have used Michigan… it’s almost *more* embarrassing for Greece haha

  • Michael

    All great tips! Is there a chance to attend the talk? I am in Chicago.

    Thanks – Michael

  • http://www.brookefarmer.com Brooke Farmer

    This comment is entirely unrelated to anything in this post…

    I just want to say that it would be really convenient for me if you could start posting daily before I wake up. This is good coffee reading. I check every morning and there is almost never a new post I haven’t already read. Generally I get up around 7:30 PST. :)

    • Jlcollinsnh

      what an unbelievably self-centered request!  Just ignore it James.  Now that I’m semi-retired I don’t have my coffee till around 9:30.  anytime before that will do.

      • http://www.brookefarmer.com Brooke Farmer

        I have a feeling based on our previous interactions, James recognized it as a silly joke and not a serious request. It was more of a compliment to him than anything. 

      • http://www.brookefarmer.com Brooke Farmer

        I have a feeling based on our previous interactions, James recognized it as a silly joke and not a serious request. It was more of a compliment to him than anything. 

        • jlcollinsnh

          Hi Brooke….

          my reply to you was also just a silly joke, as I understood yours to be.  I laughed at your post and tried to respond in kind.  Sorry my humor missed the mark.  no offense intended.

          • http://www.brookefarmer.com Brooke Farmer

            Not a problem at all! Just wanted to clarify. 

          • PatD

            with all due respect to James A…
            maybe you both (Brooke & JL) …
            need to get a room…
            finally…

      • http://www.brookefarmer.com Brooke Farmer

        I have a feeling based on our previous interactions, James recognized it as a silly joke and not a serious request. It was more of a compliment to him than anything. 

      • http://www.brookefarmer.com Brooke Farmer

        I have a feeling based on our previous interactions, James recognized it as a silly joke and not a serious request. It was more of a compliment to him than anything. 

      • http://www.brookefarmer.com Brooke Farmer

        I have a feeling based on our previous interactions, James recognized it as a silly joke and not a serious request. It was more of a compliment to him than anything. 

  • Brent

    Highly addictive content James.  Been reading for a few months and I’m hooked. Keep ’em coming!

  • Paul

    The first rule I ever learned about public speaking was to picture the audience naked. It didn’t ease my nervousness at all. Just got me so excited that I had to stand in front of the podium even after I was finished and everyone left!

  • Vincent

    That’s Aaron Spelling’s house. The TV guy who created Charlie’s Angels, Starsky & Hutch, Dynasty, etc.etc. They use a shot of the house in the theme song for the show Dynasty. Spelling is known to have kept a replica LA Police cruiser parked permanently out front to deter crime.

  • Mike

    James-I was in the audience at your talk yesterday, and it was very entertaining.  With the large audience, I did not have a chance to tell you personally.  Also, thanks for your ideas on investment themes.

  • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

    Great tips. I like the slurring of the words. It sounds weird, but you need to speak more slowly and emphatically than you’re used to. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/laurenknelson Lauren Kate

    As a former competitive debater and public speaker (nerd alert, right?) I cannot thank you enough for this post. Most of the communication classes undergraduates take will teach students to communicate in a very stale manner when in a professional setting. Terrible idea, of course, and it drove me nuts when my professors would tell me that I was “too engaging”… posts like this should be required reading for any business communication course. 

    • Fubar

      re: “it drove me nuts when my professors would tell me that I was “too engaging”… ”

      and people wonder why Altucher writes articles/books on why not to go to college. lol.

  • http://twitter.com/kriley44 Kim Riley

    most of that was exactly how it went down : )

  • http://ashleyscwalls.wordpress.com Ashleyscwalls

    Thanks for this post! 1, 4, 5, and 10 are helpful and will actually pull me out of my character a lot as I attempt to do this.

  • http://twitter.com/kyleschen kyle eschenroeder

    you may just eclipse tim ferriss as my favorite blogger of all time

  • J.A.-UpBernankeshole

    Great news, James made it to the pinnacle of financial sites with his Dow to 20,000 B.S. call. Check him out here…
    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/dow-20000-or-bust-or-how-james-altucher-stole-birinyis-ruler

    You have to say, he seeme really nervous. The again, talking out of one’s arse live on TV must be stressful.
    Check the comments for some of James’s other great calls (natural gas was one).
    Seems he’s just a bit of a dope, rather than the evil banskter liar I thought he was.
    Who knows, but I’ll bet all-comers the only was you see Dow 20,000 is when the dollar index is down to 13.

  • J.A.-UpBernankeshole

    Great news, James made it to the pinnacle of financial sites with his Dow to 20,000 B.S. call. Check him out here…
    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/dow-20000-or-bust-or-how-james-altucher-stole-birinyis-ruler

    You have to say, he seeme really nervous. The again, talking out of one’s arse live on TV must be stressful.
    Check the comments for some of James’s other great calls (natural gas was one).
    Seems he’s just a bit of a dope, rather than the evil banskter liar I thought he was.
    Who knows, but I’ll bet all-comers the only was you see Dow 20,000 is when the dollar index is down to 13.

  • Anonymous

    K-town is a great place!

  • Fubar

    re: Kaiserslautern – worst city

    I heard Des Moines is really bad, but no mentioned was made of the porn shops. In case it might matter – the person that didn’t like Des Moines may have been a feminist. Maybe the only good porn shops in Des Moines are feminist porn shops? But then why would the person not have liked Des Moines? Life is a mystery.

  • Nikita

    With respect to #8, do you think it works equally well for a female presenter to apply the Pretty Girl Rule?

    • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

      Yes. I know it seems sexist, but it always works. Think about it this way: Vogue is for women. And yet all the photos are of pretty women. Men just aren’t pretty.

      • Serghei Dascalu

        ” Men just aren’t pretty. ”
        Do not extrapolate, please ! :)

      • Serghei Dascalu

        ” Men just aren’t pretty. ”
        Do not extrapolate, please ! :)

      • A girl

        True, studies show that with advertising, a pretty woman always attracts more attention from both sexes. A good looking guy, is not noticed as much by guys AND females give it only a passing glance and look longer at the women ads. Maybe due to envy? But for whatever reason, the model women are just so gorgeous, everyone has to notice them (guys for different reasons than most ladies, but it is still true)

    • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

      Yes. I know it seems sexist, but it always works. Think about it this way: Vogue is for women. And yet all the photos are of pretty women. Men just aren’t pretty.

  • http://simplevesting.com/ James Fowlkes

    I am officially begging to hear more about the craziness in Kaiserslautern (including the porn shop) this week.  Pretty please, James!

  • http://www.highballblog.com/ Constantin Gabor

    Amazing stuff in here! Thanks, James!

  • http://marketshotnyc.com MarketShot

    Great points, also I’m finally glad someone addressed this:
    “You know the economy of Greece is the same size as the economy of Rhode Island? BAM!”

    Greece has been the same story for months and I don’t think anyone cares about it anymore, as bluntly stated in my video:
    http://marketshotnyc.com/2011/06/02/marketshot-marketinsight-june-2nd-2011-sina-bidu-bhi-agq-slv-gs-gld/
    (I think you will appreciate the blunt-ness, hope you don’t mind the self-linkage!)

  • http://tsfinancial.info/ Tommy Sikes

    Does this mean I should STOP drinking before I speak?

  • TG

    Love this – Remember you don’t get wiser when you get older. You just get older. You have to practice to get wiser.

    Thanks!

  • http://www.relationshipsmatternow.com Denise W. Barreto

    Super post. Glad I found you today. Peace

  • http://teramo.bbakeca.com/bakeca-donna-cerca-uomo/teramo-1 Donne Teramo

    Great tips! I like your post

  • Drvridhachalempil

    Are you really serious in all this ?  I suspect you are playing some sort of a Game with adults who you traet like adolescents.

                                                      Are you sure of your audience ? Think .

  • http://everythinge-lectronic.com/kindlereader.aspx Kindle

    All of this sounds scary to me. Speak in public? I don’t even like to go out in public.

  • Colleen

    Solid.  

  • http://actionpodcast.com Paul Bailey

    Fantastic advise here, I hope I can put them all into practise!

  • http://twitter.com/EntreprenKorner EntrepreneursKorner

    Great post james, I seriously need to learn to write better, however Its all experience. Thanks!
    Check out:   http://bit.ly/tPurHi

    when you can.

    • http://jlcollinsnh.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/why-you-need-f-you-money/ Jlcollinsnn

      very cool link, EK….

      …thanks.

      never got to work in an office like that till I worked from home….

      • http://twitter.com/EntreprenKorner EntrepreneursKorner

        Thanks, I just checked your website out, you speak a lot of wise words and I will be sure to continue reading, I like the F-You Money post being the first one I read, I just got hooked. Happy New Year!

        • http://jlcollinsnh.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/why-you-need-f-you-money/ Jlcollinsnn

          Thanks for the kind words! I do have several more posts in the works so stay tuned.I’ve also been poking around your site. Good stuff. Like your ten movie selection. As it happens we just finished watching “Office Space” yet again. Wonderful lines in that flick. It was one of my inspirations for this:http://jlcollinsnh.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/the-myth-of-motivation/

  • http://powerfulhypnotherapy.com/fear-of-public-speaking/ Fear Of Public Speaking

    The post is very interesting about public speaking. I think one should take
    care of all such factors so that best opinion can be given in front of
    people without any hesitation.

  • http://brightideas.co/ Trent Dyrsmid

    FANTASTIC advice. Thank you!

  • Missy

    I guess it depends on the material you’re presenting, but I don’t like using jokes. I like to be very serious, and I like the speaker to be articulate and straight to the point. Then again, I give and attend talks on climate change, pollution, and environmental destruction… so there’s really nothing to laugh about.