Friday, December 12, 2008

Man and a Microphone

You are getting ready to walk on stage.

And face hundreds of complete strangers.

Who knows, maybe, there will be over 2500 in the building that night, watching your every move.

every ... word.

Without so much as a podium to hide behind.

Or a crutch to lean on called a powerpoint presentation.

It's just you and them.

The only friend you have is ... your microphone.

One of the perks of being a professional speaker is the opportunity to cross paths with uncommonly remarkable people who exemplify the word "professional". In other words, these are the people who are so good at what they do - and make it look so easy - you start to think even you can do it.

Given what TSB readers know about the Talent Equation ("Ain't Talkin' Bout Talent" - posted Oct. 16/08), Derek falls into that category.

Derek is a pro.

Just give him a mike and watch him go.

After sharing a stage with Derek Edwards at different events in different cities from Saskatoon to Halifax over the past 18 months, I thought you might enjoy his unique perspective on subjects ranging from customer service to the role of the news media.

And the way he makes it look so easy.

Edwards, might be the second most famous person out of Timmins, Ontario to have ever graced a stage with his presence. He recently completed a 60 city, cross-Canada tour with his one-man show, "The Other Shoe Drops". Someday, when we bump into each other again, I want to be able to tell him how much I enjoyed his show at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton, NB.

Next week, we will feature a segment with THE man who is THE master at teaching you how to work some of your own magic with the mike.

Until we meet again ... a la prochaine!

"It's important to give it all you have while you have the chance"

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