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Speakers' Contracts and Other Important Forms : When You Shouldn't Use a "Contract" (February 18, 2020)

Although I've outlined a number of reasons why you should use contracts whenever you speak, I want to suggest that you not use the actual word “contracts.” Use “agreements” instead. Many people think that there’s something more “official” or...

Speakers' Contracts and Other Important Forms : READ THIS FIRST! (February 18, 2020)

The information provided in Pro Speaker U consists of general guidance and suggestions to help professional speakers advance their careers. In no way does the information in Pro Speaker U constitute advice on legal, financial, medical,...

Speakers' Contracts and Other Important Forms : An Agreement for Services (February 18, 2020)

So now that you have a better understanding of what a contract is and why it’s important, let’s take a look at a basic contract —

One of the most basic agreements you need is a general-purpose “agreement for services.” You can use a...

Speakers' Contracts and Other Important Forms : Get It In Writing! (Why You Need a Speaker's Contract) (February 18, 2020)

Contracts are important. That’s obvious. Business people need contracts. And as a speaker or trainer, you’re a business person.

So contracts are important to you. But do you know why they’re important?

When asked, many people...

Speakers' Contracts and Other Important Forms : What About Freebie Speeches and Verbal Contracts? (February 18, 2020)

But what about “freebie” speeches? If you’re not getting paid to speak, you don’t need a contract, right? Wrong! Misunderstandings can erupt from a freebie speech as easily as from a fee-paid presentation. And misunderstandings, even if they don’...

Effective Microphone Usage : Should You Use a Microphone? (February 18, 2020)

There are many reasons to use a microphone. The obvious one is so that people can hear you, or hear you better. In a similar vein, using a mic reduces wear and tear on your voice ― always a good thing. Or if your presentation is being recorded,...

Effective Microphone Usage : The Lectern Microphone (February 18, 2020)

Now let's consider which microphone you might be using. There are four basic kinds of microphones. Although it's fine to have a preference, it's best if you're comfortable with all four types ― because when it comes time for your presentation,...

Effective Microphone Usage : The Handheld Mic (February 18, 2020)

The second type of microphone is basically a lectern-attached mic... without the lectern. Since you don't have a lectern to attach the mic to, you must hold it ― hence the name, the handheld mic. There are two problems with the handheld mic ―...

Effective Microphone Usage : The Lavaliere Mic (February 18, 2020)

The third type of mic is the lavaliere mic (commonly called a "lapel mic" because it's often clipped to your jacket lapel). The lavaliere mic has several advantages ― it's easy to use, and it frees up both of your hands for you to use for other...

Effective Microphone Usage : The Headset Microphone (February 18, 2020)

The fourth type of mic is a headset mic. This is a small mic, similar to the lavaliere, but it's attached to a headset that usually fits behind your ear. This mic is probably the easiest to use; you almost don't even know it's there....