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As I SEE It!

I’ve Got Something To Say!

In the 11th grade, Miss Hilda Horn, my speech teacher, asked us to prepare a speech for presentation for the next day’s class. When giving out the assignment, she specifically stared at me in my seat in the back of the classroom.

Why was I in a speech class in the first place? Someone told me it was easy and I liked to talk. Sounded like a perfect match.

The next day I gave a speech on How to prepare a hot dog. Everybody laughed. It was funny. It was meant to be funny. But Miss Horn, in that voice that says, “You have crossed the line,” sternly requested that I stay after class. It would be just the two of us. That was not a comforting thought.

Miss Horn was and remains my favorite teacher. She was stern in a friendly way. Physically, she was a large woman and she could be imposing. But, she liked me. She thought I had talent. After that class she told me so. She suggested that I could make a difference in the world, if I applied myself. Exercised my talents. She made me think. She planted seeds in my head that sprouted and grew. She inspired me. Two weeks later, I was writing for the school newspaper.

Today, I love speaking before an audience. I connect, inspire, motivate and entertain.

Thom Gossom Jr. sees how his life has unfolded, as an actor, writer, corporate exec, 30-year business owner, athlete, Dad, husband, son, uncle, godfather, and friend to many, the stories of his life are lodged into his head. When he stands in front of an audience he partners with them, taking them for a ride. Whether it’s The Film Of MY Life (Inspirational), The Moments of our Lives, (Inspirational), I Never Had an Entourage (Educators), The Billion Dollar Man, (Fundraising), Diversity, Access and Inclusion and Leading through Transition with Dr. joyce gillie gossom, I’ve been lucky. I get to do what I love and I’m good at it. Thank you, Miss Horn.  To book him for your next event click here:  Book Thom Gossom Jr

 

 

It’s Remarkable How a Story Told Well Can Move an Audience to Action!


It’s Remarkable how a story told well can move an audience to action.

When I first met Christina Daves by Zoom, what I noticed first was her high energy and giving personality!

“OMG – you are phenomenal ” – “I had goosebumps” – “You made me laugh and you made me cry” – “I can do this!!!” These are all things Christina has heard after her presentations.

I laughed when I heard this: one gentleman waited in line for an hour and a half to have his book signed and take a picture with her. Afterwards he said, “I’d love to come see you speak again but President Obama just appointed me to head a task force in Cuba and my family and I are moving there next week.” WOW!!!

What Is it that Christina does to move her attendees? She engages with them. She relates to them. She IS them. Anyone in the room can do anything she’s done and by the time the presentation is over, she has transformed a room.

Much of Christina’s journey involves what it took to invent a product and then try to share it with the world (before she lost her house to a bankruptcy because she mortgaged it to manufacture her idea). One failure after another finally led to the break of a lifetime – winning Steve Harvey’s Top Inventor Competition on his Emmy® Award winning daytime show.

She’s not afraid of failure and she’s willing ask anyone for anything – ask her how she got Diana Ross to wear her product when she sang for the President or how a “guerrilla marketing” stunt landed her on the Today Show with Savannah Guthrie.

Life and business take guts and the willingness to make things happen. Christina shares all of this in her presentations.

Her ultimate business success came through the power of free publicity and her proven three step process that, when executed properly, is almost foolproof:

1) Be Newsworthy

2) Create a Great Hook

3) Find the Right Journalist

Then, combine this with a social media strategy and you have the recipe for success! This is what she calls her secret sauce. PR + Social Media = MAGIC. Because what we know for certain is that more visibility means more customers and more customers means more profits.

Christina holds nothing back and there are no excuses when she’s done to not getting massive visibility for a product, service, or brand.

I know you will love having Christina Daves at your events, and look forward to working with you to make that happen!

Sue Falcone
CEO- Remarkable! A Speakers Bureau

Weekly #WOWfactor- Guest Blogger Stan Popovich

fearspeakingHow To Manage Your Fear Of Public Speaking

 By: Stan Popovich

Sometimes a person’s fear and anxiety can overwhelm them when they talk in front of a group of people.

As an author of a managing fear book, here is a list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their fear of speaking in public.

Usually before a person gives a speech it seems that everything happens all at once. When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get their mind off of the problem.

A person could take a walk, listen to some music, read the newspaper, or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things before you give your speech.

A technique that I found very helpful is to have a small notebook of positive statements that makes you feel good.

Whenever you come across an affirmation that makes you feel good, write it down in a small notebook that you can carry around with you in your pocket. Whenever you feel anxious on the day of your speech, open up your small notebook and read those statements. This will help to manage your negative thinking before your presentation.

Sometimes, we can get anxious over an upcoming presentation. Before the big day comes, imagine yourself giving the speech using your mind. By doing this, you will be better prepared to perform for real when the time comes. Self-Visualization is a great way to reduce the fear and stress of a coming situation.

In dealing with your anxieties in public speaking, learn to take it one day at a time.

While the consequences of a particular fear may seem real, there are usually other factors that cannot be anticipated and can affect the results of any situation. Get all of the facts of the situation and use them to your advantage.

Take advantage of the help that is available around you if you get really anxious in your presentations. If possible, talk to a professional who can help you manage your fears and anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional advice and insights on how to deal with your current problem.

I found that the more speeches you give, the more chances you will feel comfortable in talking in front of large groups of people. Also its important to know your topic well and speak from the heart. This is a lot better than memorizing a speech word for word. The more passionate you are about your topic, the better you will be in giving your speech regardless the number of people in the audience.

 

stanpopovichBIOGRAPHY:
Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods”. Stan’s managing fear book has become very popular with over 300 positive book reviews and counting. Please read the many book reviews of Stan’s popular book by going to Stan’s website at http://www.managingfear.com/

 

 

Weekly #WOWfactor- “On the Road Again!”

mycarIt’s that time of the year, and we are getting ready to be “On the Road Again!”  We are honored to be invited guests and take part at an annual business conference. We could fly but as we love meeting new people, seeing business clients, catching up with friends and family, and exploring new places, driving is the only way for us!

This year we are starting out a little earlier, leaving on July 3, and will be spending July 4th week-end in Memphis! Can’t wait to see how Memphis celebrates this great holiday!  We will also be meeting our daughter, Wendy and Brian there, so will be an awesome time of catching up!

From there we will journey onto Oklahoma City and go back to my roots of living and working in Oklahoma. While there we will connect with business clients, see friends from grade school, see the plans of our next high school reunion (a big one!) and I have been asked to speak to a group about what I do and why I love it!

Next is the big event of attending a 5 day conference in the wonderful city of Ft. Worth, Texas! I love seeing what they have added to the downtown, meeting with special friends and business clients, enjoying the overwhelming events of the conference, and exploring places we have not visited before. Being from the West “I was country before country was cool” and now as an avatar of “Simply” Sue Speaks! it brings it all together for me!

Once all is done in Ft. Worth, we will wander back home with stops in Memphis, Sparta, Tenn, and Gatlinburg before coming back to reality on July 16th. With all the modern technology I will not miss a beat in our business, connecting with my assistant, our clients, and the professionals I represent! We call this a blended life and love seeing how we can make it all come together and enjoy the moments we are in at the time!  We also love how we have family and friends who will be handling the events at our home while we are gone! They make sure our home is secure 24/7, our plants are watered, our Lifetree Cafe is open on each Thursday we are away, and everything is ready to welcome us back into the life we are blessed to have!

How can you our fans and new friends join us on this adventure?  We would love to meet you for coffee or lunch at your favorite place in your area. I am also available to speak at your groups or do interviews, radio and TV spots! We will be traveling around 2500 miles round trip so I am sure we can connect in some way!  We will be in Memphis, Oklahoma City, Ft. Worth, Sparta, Gatlinburg, and all cities in between! We want to hear about what you do, and how you do it!  We have met with many in our past years of this journey, but this year we want to set a record! Contact us here at our website so we can set up a time and place, and we will be there!

Wishing each of you a great week, and hope to meet you soon!

 “Simply” Sue