Platinum Platform

The anchor of Live Your Mission is clearly communicating your message. Even though this was written for those who are part of my public speaking training, it makes sense to republish it here. In this series of articles we’ll cover… The Platinum Platform: Discover, Develop, & Deploy Your Speaking Business. If you’ve been in the speaking business a while or have taken a lot of professional speaker training some of the things in this series you will disagree with. I’ll be the first to admit that I did not go, nor will I go, the traditional speaker’s route. My goal is to help you become an awesome speaker and to help you build a fun speaking business. Something you look forward to and enjoy. Something opposite of the average job. Something that makes folks say things like… “What?! You get paid how much just to talk?!!!!” Don’t want to get paid to speak? That’s cool too. This series will help you get your voice to the masses. The more people hear you the more lives you impact. One final note… use what you need from this series. Ignore what doesn’t fit you. Use the comment areas to ask questions or comment. Let’s roll… Platinum Platform 01 :  M4 Plan You ARE a public speaker. That’s a fact. Now leverage it. This series of articles and videos will help you pinpoint/strengthen your message and monetize it if you choose. However, this is not a “do ALL of this” series. While there will be a few elements that I’ll hit as essential, there will be options as well. You decide. Build...
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It rang through the neighborhood. “Paul, get in this house right now!” Mom’s words left no guesswork. Who – Paul What – get in When – right now Where – house How – I don’t think she cared. How clear is your message?  How simple and direct are your directions? How often do you use code language hoping people get the hint rather than making it plain? A few years ago I took a sudden trip to Moscow. By sudden I mean I called Marla at school and said, “He babe, I won’t be home when you get there, I’ll be on a plane to Russia.” (See how clear those words are?) Minutes later my ride arrived. After hopping in the car Lindy asked, “Have you had lunch?” “Yep,” I said. “I just had a Coke Zero, pack of orange peanut butter crackers and a box of Junior Mints.” On we drove to the airport to meet the team. Check in and boarding was easy. The ten and a half hour flight to Moscow was smooth. The five of us landed in Russia, made it to our comfortable hotel rooms and then took a stroll through Red Square. After about an hour John, Lindy’s husband said, “Anyone hungry?” Fast as lightening Lindy said, “Well don’t ask Paul. If he’s already eaten you’re not getting anything.” “What?!” I said incredulously. (I don’t exactly know what that word means, but it seems appropriate to use it here.) “What?!” I said incredulously. “Yeah,” Lindy continued, “I asked you if you had lunch and you said you did and didn’t ask me if...