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Shift Your FOCUS…

From What You CAN’T Do to What You CAN By Motivational Speaker and Human Behavior Expert Connie Podesta The truth is, so many of us are our own worst critics. We spend countless hours, and a great deal of our LIVES consumed with the things we can’t do. Or don’t have. Regrets. Missed opportunities. Not one solitary second of all that negative self-reflection will do us one positive thing. What it costs us though is a very high price. So QUIT IT! Right now. And flip that equation over. What do you do WELL? What are your STRENGTHS? What are you PASSIONATE about? What is your CALLING? Lean in Read More

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My Top Three Tips For New Speakers

And Experienced Speakers Who Want More Bookings By Motivational Keynote Speaker Connie Podesta I’m often asked by new speakers what my absolute #1 best advice would be. With more than 25 years under my belt speaking from stages literally all over the globe, I could probably create a master class and go on for days, but really I believe it comes down to these three things: 1.  It is all about the AUDIENCE’S story—NOT YOUR story. What I mean by that is so often speakers hit the stage, grab the microphone and proceed to tell THEIR story over and over again. How they climbed a mountain, wo Read More

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How to Stand Out From the Crowd

And Why That’s More Important Than EVER By Motivational Keynote Speaker Connie Podesta I always tell my audiences, "If there was ever a time to differentiate yourself and Stand Out From The Crowd--it is NOW!  Business as usual is over!" Bottom line: To rise to the top and stay there as an organization you must be able to answer this #1 question: "What do you bring to the table that is so unique, outstanding, so UNEXPECTEDLY awesome--that people would CHOOSE to do business with you, partner with you, buy from you, and trust you - rather than someone else?”  Because the truth is creativ Read More

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Solving the People Puzzle

Understanding What Makes People Tick is #1 Key to Success by Motivational Keynote Speaker Connie Podesta So here's what I hear all the time in the phone from potential clients, "To be honest Connie, I don't get it! Why does my audience need an expert in psychology? We're going through a lot of (Fill in the blank: Stress. Change. Upheaval. Downsizing. New leadership. Etc. etc.) We need a speaker who can increase our:  (Fill in the blank: Sales. Profits. Market Share. Productivity. Leadership. Etc. etc.) Just how can psychology help all that?" My response?  "I don't get it either. How c Read More

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Just Me and the Audience

Why I Don’t Use Slides or PowerPoint By Motivational Keynote Speaker Connie Podesta I’m often asked why I don’t use slides in my keynote presentations.  (Most people just hug me when they find out I'm PowerPoint free!).  Here’s my thought: It’s not about the slides. I don’t have a personal grudge against PowerPoint or anything – or even those who use it.  It’s just not ME.  If you’ve ever seen me speak – or know me personally, one thing will come across probably in the first three minutes:  I engage immediately with my audiences. I’m direct.  And I absolutely LOVE playing off my audiences Read More

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6 Secrets to Creating a Powerful, Personalized Presentation with LASTING Impact

Why Cookie Cutter Content Doesn’t Work By Motivational Keynote Speaker Connie Podesta After more than twenty five years of delivering keynotes, facilitating events, and acting as the master of ceremonies for organizations all over the globe, one thing is for sure – there’s not much I haven’t seen, or heard from the stage.  Here’s what I know doesn’t work – DOESN’T create lasting impact or positive change:  tired, canned speeches that don't relate to YOUR specific audience. You know the ones. Where the person behind the microphone is referencing age-old technology or telling the same tired Read More