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If You Are Not Incorporating These Into Your Speech – You Are Losing Your Audience

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“Hi. My name is Stacy Pederson and I’m falling off my stool. Let me sit up straight. All right, that’s a fabulous intro. But my name is Stacy Pederson and I’m a funny speaker, a clean comedian, and acting and speech coach. Today, I want to share with you learning styles. What is learning styles? We all learn certain things different ways and how I discovered this was I used to teach children acting. I created curriculum for an acting school that I co-founded. Then I also was involved in children’s ministry for many years and I wrote a lot of the curriculum for that. I discovered that there’s really three specific learning styles of how we can take in information and retain it.

You’ve probably heard of it, but just in case you haven’t there’s auditory learners, which is listening, there is visual learners, which is seeing, and then there is kinesthetic learners, which is kind of a tactile, you have to move, you have to be doing something in order to retain information. So for you, if you recognize that you fidget a lot, that’s me, I’m very kinesthetic, if you have to write certain things down or you won’t remember even if you never looked at your notes again, or you got to move like pace in some way in order to retain information, you’re kinesthetic.

If you need to see something visual like you’re listening to the radio and you have a really hard time paying attention, podcast, things like that, are not your thing you either need to read the book or you need to see the video. You need PowerPoint slides to be able to retain the message, then you’re visual. Then if you love listening to podcasts and anything that doesn’t require you to move, or you can totally track with a speaker without even really needing to see them, there’s a good chance you’re auditory. A lot of people make the mistake when they give speeches and really just focusing on the auditory with an occasional PowerPoint slide. I have a really hard time. I’m totally ADD, if I was gonna be honest.

So for me, I have such a hard time paying attention especially if it’s anything longer than 20 minutes. That’s the average attention span, really, is they it’s 20 minutes, but it’s actually shortening with each of the generation’s coming up younger and younger. So if you’re gonna be talking for 25, like a Ted Talk, or 60 or a 90-minute keynote or presentation, you’re gonna lose a lot of people in the room if you don’t switch up your learning styles. So do your PowerPoints help? Absolutely. PowerPoint slides can help as long as they’re not super boring and it’s just words on the screen reiterating what you just said. If your PowerPoint slides are nothing but bullet points it’s not helping. You’re gonna want to think outside that PowerPoint box and come up with something visual.

If that’s not something that comes easy to you then I recommend hiring someone or asking just someone that you work with or someone you know that’s a little more creative, that’s a little more in tuned to visual arts then I would ask their opinion and their help because something like a really powerful image can really stick in the minds of the visual learner. That’s something that they’ll walk away with, remembering that particular image and that’s how they’ll remember your takeaway point is because of the visual you gave them, not just words on a screen. That also comes into play if you should choose to use props.

Props are something that you have on the stage that you either hold in your hand, that would be called a personal prop, or that you can use to demonstrate a visual with that helps share the story, that helps bring home the point. Basically, to be used as a metaphor. That can help visual learners as well. For tactile learners, this is where group engagement can help where you have them break apart and discuss around their tables because they’re actually get to move a little bit. Taking notes, a lot of people don’t take notes anymore because they’re typing either on their phone or their iPad. But it actually requires the handwriting to be able to retain some of that. So this is just one of the things I’ve been using in one of my recent talks about …

One of my talks is that how to be happy when your life is a mess. One of the key elements of being happy when your life is a mess is something called flow. So what I did was I just came up with this think business card. As you can see, this is the back. Then when you flip it over it just says it’s always a good idea, which I think on this screen it’s gonna read backwards. But basically through this exercise that I tell them they have to write something down that is always a good idea for them to engage in when they’re struggling. So it would be like go for a hike or play a sport or you know, pull out a musical instrument. It’s always a good idea. But it’s the actual act of writing that helps those kinesthetic learners take the point home.

How I know this works is I just gave a speech … Well, I gave two speeches this week and both times I had a couple people come up to me and say, “Wow, that card,” and that’s what they talked about. That was their takeaway and how they were gonna keep it. I knew that they is a really good chance they were kinesthetic learners because they didn’t talk about any of the other stuff. They didn’t talk about the visuals, the logos, the images, or any of the other stuff. So that’s something that you’re always gonna want to incorporate is are you hitting those three learning styles. If you’re not and you’re just focusing on auditory then you’re losing 70% of the room sometimes. So you’re gonna really want to pay attention to that.

Again, my name is Stacy Pederson. You are welcome to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you’d like to have more speaking tips if you are a sales presenter or an executive or you give speeches, deliver speeches, maybe even an author trying to get into the speaking circle. If you could follow me there or on my blog at stacypederson.com. If you’ve seen any of my other videos, you’ll hear me say, “That’s Pederson with a D.” P-E-D not Peterson. You could follow me there. I always have a link below because nobody can ever spell my name. So three learning styles, make sure you’re incorporating those. Thanks so much.

 

Why You Shouldn’t Thank People When You Stand Up to Give A Speech – Public Speaking Speech Tips

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“Hi, my name is Stacy Pederson. I am a clean comedian, a funny speaker, and an acting and speech coach. Today, I want to share with you why I think it’s a terrible idea to give a standard introduction thanking people when you first step onstage. When you first step onstage, you have eight seconds, eight seconds, to grab the audience’s attention. Then you have 30, 60, 90 seconds, three minutes, five minutes, and eight minutes. So I’m going to repeat that. It’s 30 seconds, 60 seconds, 90 seconds, three minutes, five minutes, and eight minutes, and within those standard timeframes, you need to hit certain marks or certain levels in your speech in order to not only grab your audience’s attention but to maintain it and then win them over to want to listen to you for the remainder of your speech. If you haven’t won them over by eight minutes, you’re not going to win them over pretty much guaranteed, so would you waste that first 30, 60, 90 seconds coming onstage and shuffling your papers and getting situated at the podium and then turning and thanking the person who introduced you and maybe acknowledging all the other people in the room? It’s quite boring because most people do that.

So instead, you’re going to want to walk onstage and come up with a really catchy opener for the first eight seconds, 30, 60, and then 90 seconds. I personally try and wait till the three minute mark before I loop back around to acknowledge and thank the people that have helped bring me up or the people in the room, the audience especially, I really appreciate the audience being there and being willing to give me their attention and time, so I want to draw them in as well. So always try to have some interesting, whether it’s a joke, whether it’s a funny story, but it needs to be something the audience can relate to, something unique about maybe the things that they’re eating for a meal if it happens to be over lunch or at dinner. You’re going to want to take those first 30, 60, 90 seconds to bring a surprise element. Like I said, it can be humor or funny, just something interesting, even a video, something unique or maybe a funny prop so that you catch their attention and then really after the 90 seconds, you can give the thank yous, but if you can hold out till three minutes doing something fun and unique for those first three minutes, you’ll really win that audience over. And then they’ll be ready to listen and to acknowledge the fact that you’re acknowledging them and other people in the room.

You’re welcome to follow me. I’ll have more speaking tips for any of you who give sales presentations or speeches whether that’s for a profession or you’re required to for your job, you’re welcome to subscribe to my channel. You can also follow me on my blog at stacypederson.com, that’s Pederson with a D. I have to say that every video. I’m going to have a link below, so good luck and no intros when you first come on. Don’t be boring.”

Why You Shouldn’t Use Sports Stories and Analogies in Your Speech – Speaker Public Speaking Tips

 

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“Hello, my name is Stacy Pederson. I am a clean comedian, a funny speaker, and an acting and speech coach. Today, this video is going to be geared a little bit more to men, because I’m going to be talking about a little faux pas, which is telling sports stories in your speech or sales presentation. I know, shock, right? Why would that be a bad thing? Well, most of the time, it’s not a bad thing. However, a lot of speakers, or sales presenters, kind of fall back on giving the old standard sports joke, or something new that’s trending in sports, or just that motivational sports story. And that can be great, depending on, this is the important part, who your audience is.

Number one, if you have a mixed gender audience where you have both men and women in the audience, I strongly caution against using a sports analogy. Why? Because most of us women who have sat through more than one male speaker have heard a million sports analogies, and a lot of us, not all of us, some of us really do like sports. But a lot of us don’t care. We don’t relate to, at all.

The second thing is that, even if you are in an audience that is all men, there are actually men who don’t really care too much about sports. So, after a while, when you’ve sat through a lot of speeches, or a lot of presentations, it can almost become somewhat offensive, because we’ve heard it so often. It’s such a standard go-to to bring in the sports world and the sports realm.

So, what should you do? Again, you should really know who your audience is. If you happen to be in a field where you know everyone in that room is going to love sports, then go for it. That’s fantastic. If you know a majority of the room, 75%, 85% of the people in the room who follow sports, love sports, would be very interested, would get your jokes, would get your sports analogies, again-go for it.

But, I would actually acknowledge the people, that 25% or 30%, or 15% in the room, who may not get it. Even just by a simple line saying, I know not everyone’s into sports, but I feel this fits my speech, or my point, because of x, y, and z, and lay it out, and then share your story.

And then, I would say if you have less than 75%, less than 60, less than 50, think about, you can still use a sports analogy, but bring another analogy in as well. A different metaphor, a different analogy, a different realm. No, it doesn’t have to be fashion, makeup, if you have girls in there. You don’t have to go that route. But just something that you know at least 75% of your audience can relate to.

I’ve never heard any speech coach talk about that, but I know for myself, I know from listening to other women, and from quite a few men, that it does sometimes become offensive. So, I thought I would just throw that out there, because there’s a good chance you may have never heard that at all, about why you should not, or be careful, about when you use sports analogies.

You could follow me, I have more speech tips, if you have to give sales presentations or you’re an executive, or you’re just a speaker. Just. Or you’re just a speaker. You can subscribe to my channel. You could also follow me on my blog at stacypederson.com, and that’s Pederson with a D.”

 

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How to Be Funny When Giving a Speech – Speaker Public Speaking Tips

 

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“I’m going to give you two pointers in regards to humor if you’re giving a sales presentation, giving a speech for your company, you have to stand up in front of a classroom, or you are a professional speaker looking to add some humor. The first one, and this is probably the most controversial that a lot of people may disagree with me on, but I do not believe everyone can be funny. What I mean by this is that humor requires a unique skill of timing. People either seem to have it or they don’t. It doesn’t seem to be an acquirable skill to the point of being hilariously funny.

 
Now everybody has their own unique sense of timing but there is a flow to humor, and the delivery, and the pause, and when you hit the punchline and so forth. Certain comedians have certain rhythms and other comedians have other rhythms. But again, you can hear the flow.

 
You can learn to an extent, but if you are not naturally funny, I don’t care how many classes you take, I don’t believe that you will ever truly become hilarious. My suggestion for you, if you are not naturally a funny person, is don’t try and be. You can definitely add humor and fun to your speech but you’re going to want to rely, maybe, possibly a tiny bit more, on a visual or even a video, a funny use of a prop.

 
My favorite is, if you have a signature story that you’re telling, then you are going to want one or two, or maybe three, punchlines written in somewhere into your story to make your story pop and be memorable and funny. Again, that requires a certain timing of when you should have that punchline in there.

 
The same is true with sales presentations. When you’re talking about pain points for your customers, there are certain places where there’s a nice flow and feel of when you can add a punch, one or two lines here and there, sprinkled throughout, that makes you appear funny without you having to require to have this skill of being hilarious.

 
Again, if you’re not funny, you’re going to want to find a little bit of help maybe in different areas of just sprinkling that humor, where someone help you write a couple of lines in.

 
The number two thing, and this is a shocker for a lot of people, humor is not universal. I’m going to repeat this. Humor is NOT universal. What you think is funny is not what everybody thinks is funny. Case in point, if you’ve ever gone to a comedy club, there was probably a comedian that you just thought was hysterical and then three others you didn’t think were any good. Or if you’ve ever watched Netflix comedy specials, more than one, and you’ve watched a couple and you’re like, “These people aren’t funny at all,” and then you’ve heard another one that you were just cracking up. Same with sitcoms, same with certain comedies. It’s your particular style of comedy. Because what you find funny is not what other people find funny, and vice versa.

 
There seems to be a distinct difference in humor style. I know this is politically incorrect but I’ve sat through enough audiences to know that what men find funny is different than what women find funny. Gender seems to make a difference.

 
The second is age. Age really makes a difference in the style of humor. I have found that the perfect — and I’ve heard other comedians talk about this — that the perfect age range is 10 years above and 10 years below you. It’s like a 20-year age span, and then the same gender and basically the same demographics, because humor is something that you yourself relate to that’s usually why you laugh. Because you think like that and that’s why it’s funny to you. If they’re talking about a different culture, a different lifestyle, a different age, you might find a couple of things funny but you don’t really relate in the way where you’re just busting out loud when it’s your demographic, your gender, your age. Again, highly politically incorrect but I really think there’s a lot of truth to it.

 
If you’re trying to add humor to your speech or sales presentation, be careful. Be careful that what you think is funny actually is to a majority of the audience, that you’re not coming across offensive. Because some male humor can be really offensive to women and vice versa. You’re going to want to be careful it doesn’t come across offensive, that it’s general, and that it hits pretty much the age range of whoever it is that you’re speaking to. Again, humor you could talk for hours on because it’s so complicated. Also, just reach out to somebody you know who’s funny and have them help you.”

 

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How to Write an Epic Blog Post in 7 Easy Steps + 10 More

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So you want to be a writer. Better yet a blogger. An EPIC blogger. Prose flowing means money growing. Here’s a simple 17 step plan millions of bloggers have used to write their first epic post:

  1. Spend anywhere from 1 hour to 10 years on developing the right kind of blog your passionate about. A topic that will stick with you like cellulite or your worse junior high memory.

 

  1. Make a decision to finally write your blog post. This usually happens “in the moment” after something disastrous in your life happens. A break up, job loss, 40th birthday…credit card statement comes due.

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HUGE List of Tips and Tricks on How to Film Video for Your Speaking Business

 

Video Tips How to Look Better Film Better Videos

 

Do you want to start filming videos to help grow your speaking business? Here’s a long list, plus extra tips and tricks, on shooting great videos.

 

 

 

 

Basic Camera Do’s & Don’ts

If delivering content directly to the camera:

-Stand if possible

-Plant feet and keep knees slightly bent

-Practice calming down your quirks (knee popper, foot shuffler, shirt grabber, arm flayer). Take excess nerves and energy and practice projecting it through your voice and eyes.

-Don’t look at the camera, look through it.

-Learn to relax shoulders and keep head mostly still to stay inside the “frame”.

-Know where your “mark” is. If walking forward or sideways, hit your mark without looking by using visual ques of your surroundings.

-When they call “action” give a 3 count before beginning. Also, hold when you are done until the call “cut”. This helps the editing process.

-Be careful not to hold anything across your body, or gesture out of the frame or in front of your face. The camera catches everything and makes it bigger than it is. (Think of a bad ex-girlfriend who made drama out of everything. This is what the camera does.)

-If sitting, ladies sit on a phone book or something that slightly elevates your rear. Make you appear thinner and naturally sit straighter.

-Ladies, cross your legs the “newscaster” way. Keeps camera from shooting up your skirt.

-Breathe!…(but not too loud)

-Lighting and sound is everything

-Don’t be afraid of a teleprompter or ear prompter if you have a written script. Lots of apps for teleprompters. Practice with different speeds. Mark your scripts! Mark for pauses, camera angle changes, mood shifts, etc.

-Practice, practice, practice!

-Elongate neck

-Have camera just above eye level.

-Know who you are talking to. Talk Don’t stare at the view finder. Either look directly at camera or choose a focal point where you are looking just off the side of the frame.

-Personalize it

-Make it urgent and important. If yours is the last video they will ever see regarding the problem make it count.

-All videos should have a beginning, conflict, and an end.

-If you’re filming with someone, be forewarned you will be extremely close.

-All videos should have a beginning, middle, end

-Have your opener memorized, and your exit strategy. For the rest be very familiar with what you are going to say, but don’t worry about having it word for word.

 

When delivering content on stage to be filmed:

-Know your sightlines. Be clear on what portion of the stage the camera will cover and not cover. Mark the stage with gaffer or glow tape if needed.

-Keep body position open

-Be clear on where the cameras will be placed

-Always walk the stage beforehand!!!! You never know what little surprises-cracks, holes, step ups/downs are waiting there for you-especially if you’re wearing heels.

-Don’t look directly at the camera, even if it’s right in your face, unless you’ve specifically chosen that for style. (Called “breaking the fourth wall”)

-If your audio will be directly inputted in the recording through the sound board, ask about also recording ambient sound if you need to show audience engagement.

 

Wardrobe:

-Avoid green or blue if using green screen

-Avoid white or pale colors on stage. (Usually good to always avoid on stage-not just for filming. Lighting washes you out.)

-Be leery of red. Most high definition cameras can handle red now, but it’s a bold color that draws strong visual attention on film.

-No black.

-Blue, green, indigo and violet make excellent choices.

-No busy patters, stripes, etc. Best to use solid colors, especially those of your brand if you want the video on your website.

-If you wear glasses, make sure they have an anti-glare coating on them.

-Ladies, if wearing a dress, remember mic pack so think Spanx, sturdy bra, etc. I always have pockets in my dresses, as an extra back up. Pockets gets used more than I care to admit. (I have problems keeping my mic on from moving too much or utilizing the floor.)

-Best to bring button up shirt for eating and make up application. Keeps from messing up your hair when changing. NEVER eat and try not to drink anything staining during shoot.

-Always bring several outfits to choose from, especially if filming with another person, such as an interview. Lighting can really change the way an outfit looks, plus you don’t want to accidently match match your screen partner/partners.

-Having a grooming kit. This includes:

-Bleach pen for make up or food accidents.

-Small sewing kit

-Wrinkle releaser

-Lint brush

-Rice paper for shine for both men and women. Can also use Mac Blot Film

-Powder for women or for men who wear foundation. (Recommend MakeUp Forever HD Microfinish Powder)

-Anti static hair shine spray such as John Freida Frizz Ease, Bed Head Freak Serum, Straight & Sexy Hair Smooth

-Comb or anti-static brush

-Clear antiperspirant

-Dental Floss

-Peppermint (helps with dry mouth or tired voice)

-Nail polish for accidental chips while on set

-Shave kit for men

-If possible-hire a make-up artist if you know you are being filmed!! (Learned the hard way with free filming, but looked so bad couldn’t use the footage. $100 is cheap for a filmed talk.)

 

What to do when you mess up during filming:

-NEVER stop unless whoever is running the camera tells you to. Instead, stop talking without breaking your concentration, give a pause, go back a few lines, and re-start as if nothing happened, all while the camera is rolling. This helps the editing process and saves a lot of time. Never stop holding your focus/concentration/etc., until they say “cut”.

-If on the stage, and you are doing your speech SPECIFICALLY for filming purposes only, do the same as the above. You’ll save lots of time-which equals lots of dollars on your end.

-Don’t freak out-everyone messes up.

Stage/Camera fright:

-Everyone-even seasoned actors, etc., get nervous right before the cameras start rolling.

-There are those who are afraid so they don’t. There are those who are afraid and they do it anyway.

-There will always be someone prettier, smarter, thinner, better than you. Stop worrying about competing and being less than. Just be yourself.

Basic stage terms:

-Know your stage directions such as upstage/downstage. This is a good thing to know anyway for when you communicate with anyone regarding preparing the stage with props, lighting, podium, etc., for your talk.

-If holding anything from props to a power point, use your upstage hand.

-“Back of the house” means the back of the audience. Cameras are usually placed there for the “wide shot”.

-“Wings” are important for sightlines. If you can see the audience-they can see you. If you’re “appearing” from the wings, make sure you can’t see the audience. This is called “waiting in the wings”.

-If someone introduces you and exits as you enter, make sure you cross downstage to take focus.

-“Share focus” if someone is introducing you and you are onstage with them.

-Understand how to know if you are in the light if there are “hot spots” on stage. Lights are hung at a 45 degree angle, so you need to stand near the back of the hot spot, not the center to keep the top of your head from being chopped off.

Basic film terms if you choose to professionally shoot:

(The more you know how the filming process works and how to make everyone else’s job easier, the more $ you’ll save when filming.)

-Rolling. When the camera has begun filming.

-Speed. When the sound begins (this is usually when the clapboard is used to help in the editing process line up the sound with the visual.)

-Action, start (but use your 3 count).

-Cut. Stop

-Camera right-right side of the screen. This will be your left.

-Camera left-left side of the screen. This will be your left.

-Pan in-when camera zooms in closer

-Over the shoulder shot. (This is very awkward when you first experience this.) If you are filming with someone else such as an interview, they will want to get each of your reactions. In order to film your partners they will stick the camera right over your shoulder.)

-Cheating out. You’ll need to cheat your body towards the camera when talking with a partner and sometimes even carry a conversation without even looking at them but a spot that is closer to the camera. This can be difficult at first, but happens often. You can always ask your partner to stand wherever they’ve asked you to look for the shot and deliver your questions/answers that way.

-Wide shot. One shot that gets everything from a distance.

– ¾ shot-3/4 of your body.

-Close up-usually your shoulders and face.

-Extreme close up-shot for things like your eyes or your hand holding something.

-If you are interviewing or sharing a scene and you are having a conversation with your partner, you need to look in their eye that is the closest to the camera.

-“Hit your mark” designated spot on the floor where the camera is focused. If you miss it-you’ll be out of focus

-“Back to one” back to the beginning

If you are designing and paying for your shoot:

-You need a storyboard. This is a list of shots you want. Basically, your design for the shoot. You can work with the videographer, or if you have a decent budget and have a producer, director, etc., you’d work with them on this. This saves a TON of time the day of the shoot AND during editing.

-Remember your face is flipped in the camera from what you are used to seeing. The camera is what you actually look like. The mirror is a reversed image.

-The sound of your voice on camera is what you really sound like.

-You’ll need to watch a video at least 7 times to start getting over being grossed out about yourself and move on to the things that matter.

-Hire a makeup artist and stylist if you don’t know what’s good on camera. BUT hire them for the whole day. Don’t just have them make you up and run. They’ll take care of hair fly always, shine, crooked tie, sliding necklace, etc., in-between shots. Trust me Videographers NEVER notice these things and they can make or break your footage.

-Hydrate several days before the shoot so you look your best.

Favorite go to beauty routines before a shoot. As an actor, it’s a luxury to know, even 1 week out, the shoot date, as most of the time we have 48 hour or less notice. Consider it a blessing you have time to prepare! (Learned these through the years with modeling, film and always ask every make-up artist their advice. These are ones that have made a difference. High Def cameras show EVERYTHING!!!):

-3 days out start drinking a green smoothie that includes aloe vera juice and fish oil or flax oil once a day. Totally disgusting. Totally worth it.

-3 days out begin drinking water that has cucumber, blueberries, mint, lemon slices and a little ginger. Reduces puffiness and makes the skin look younger.

-Cheapest-most effective beauty mask: A little raw honey, plain yogurt or cream, and egg white. Steam your face for 10 minutes than put the mask on and leave for 30 minutes to one hour. Once again, totally disgusting. Totally worth it.

-Color your hair 2 weeks prior.

-No dairy or chocolate 24 hours prior to filming. I do this with performing in general is it effect your voice.

-No alcohol the night before. Makes your eyes puffy and red.

-Day of shoot eat easy to digest protein such as an egg and a complex carb such as sprouted grain toast. Eat low bloat foods.

 

Common denominators of extremely successful YouTube videos:

  • Title has 3 words or less
  • The word “funny” is helpful
  • There is either a look of surprise on the thumbnail, or a sexy image of a woman.
  • Thumbnails that are automatically generated by YouTube are the opening shot, closing shot, and exactly in the middle. Keeps this in mind when editing if you want to use their thumbnails.
  • The use of closed caption can up your ranks
  • Videos are under 2 minutes
  • The first 2 sentences in your description are key
  • Some people post the transcript under the video to make it keyword rich
  • If you want your video to go to a certain country besides the US, make the title both in English and the other language. (80% of YouTube viewers are from outside the US.)
  • Current best times to post are Thursday-Friday 12-3 pm, Saturday-Sunday 9-11 am

If you found this helpful, please pass on. 🙂

Stacy Pederson  is a Colorado based Humorist and Funny Motivational Speaker who is incessantly insecure with a chronic Thai Food / Netflix binge habit.

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My Honest Experience with GigSalad and GigMasters

Speaking Gigs

 

I often see questions or threads regarding the validity of two online booking website, “GigMasters” and “GigSalad”. I’ve belonged to both for several years as a speaker and clean comedian and here is my honest experience and advice on investing in either.

The Difference I Found Between the 2 Sites:

GigSalad:

Easy platform to use

-Most often much lower paying gigs compared to GigMasters

-Most gigs are direct inquiries so you are not competing against other people to be booked

-Easy to target certain areas of the country

-I met REALLY nice people who booked me through this platform that have become dear friends. Not sure why this site draws really personable people, but it does.

-You can contact the person making the inquiry before sending a bid. I ALWAYS contact them first to find out more about the event, budget, audience, etc. I really appreciate this feature.

GigMasters:

-Higher paying gigs. Often professional companies hiring through here.

-A lot of Gig requests come in due to their auto adding feature. I’ve booked several gigs from that.

-Have to bid against 5 or 10 other people without knowing who they are or what they charge. Rarely get direct inquiries.

-Can pay for a “featured” profile to bring more traffic. I have done that during peak hiring season.

Why I Invested in the Sites Originally:

-Although I have been performing for years as an actor (I have a degree in theatre), I stumbled into stand up and these two sites are how I started my career. I took every gig that came my way to learn the “ropes” and get paid while doing it. It forced me to learn the business side of performing very quickly and taught me a lot about events, professionalism, what my niche was, and what people need from you in order to book you. It was my fast track way of becoming a professional.

-If you google my name, Stacy Pederson, the sites make me look important and gives me clout.

-They gave me backlinks to my website

-As a speaker and clean comedian,  was an easy way to get gigs without me having to self promote and sell myself, which I am utterly TERRIBLE at.

-By researching who else was on the site, I learned who my peers were which allowed me to make great, very dear to my heart, connections.

Things I Learned from the Gigs I Booked:

-Most people booking off of these sites honestly don’t know the ins and outs of putting on events. They’re not jerks-they just don’t know. You have to be VERY specific about your needs when it comes to sound, audience set up, sound checks, staging, etc. because most are not professional meeting/conference/wedding/or party planners. They don’t think about noise levels, audience size, or the flow of events. You are often walking into a difficult situation when it comes to how the event has been set up physically and flow wise. You have to be quick on your feet to make adjustments and flexible in working with them to get things in order before a show. Another words, you NEVER know what you are walking in to. This can get old after a while, but it also makes you wiser and more professional at what you do.

-I hate outdoor events. Hate them. Sound is terrible. Audience is always too far away and distracted. You can’t control the environment or the elements. They suck and I have to REALLY be talked into it-Like R-E-A-L-L-Y talked into it to even considering it.

-I’m not right for everyone. I turn down, or refer out, approximately 95% of the gig requests that come my way now. I know what my niche is, the type of audience I am right for, and what I’m willing and not willing to be paid. It took A LOT of learning and doing every bad gig (boy do I have stories) to get to this point.

Should You Invest in These Sites:

It depends. I’ll say right off the bat, if you are strictly a speaker I don’t think it’s worth it. I’ve never booked a sole speaking gig off of either. (It’s usually been a combo speaking/comedy thing.) If you scroll through other speakers’ profiles on the sites, you’ll see most don’t make decent money off of their bookings.

You Should Invest in the Sites IF:

-You can also invest in professional photos. If not-wait. Spend the money on the photos first, THEN spend the $ on the sites.

-You can invest in a website. You need additional social proof when you are trying to outbid others.

-You are able and willing to respond NO LATER than 12 hours to each gig request. If you really want to book, you need to be able to respond as soon as possible. During peak season, it can be annoying because your phone is going off all the time with text alerts that you NEED TO RESPOND TO. (Yes, that can be exciting, BUT if you’re busy doing another gig or just life it can be a challenge keeping up.)

-You need to be able to follow through with paperwork. If follow through is not your strong point-than I’m sorry to be blunt-but you’re going to have a tough road making money at whatever it is you’re doing. You need to be able to get contracts, promotional material, W-9’s, etc., in a timely manner from when a person requests it. I sometime struggle with the details (ok a lot of times) but I DO IT ANYWAY. I’ve learned I can’t book too many gigs in a short time because I don’t keep up well with all the paperwork and communication. I get confused over who needs what, and details slip through the cracks if I overbook myself.   (I can’t WAIT until I am able to hire an assistant. I’ll be able to take more gigs, be less stressed, and focus more on my presentations and communication that counts.)

-You need to be honest and utilize their contract system and pay them their fee. It’s for your benefit in the long run.

-You need to be good at what you do. I didn’t say great, but you need to be decent. Solid. Prepared. Professional.

You need to be nice. You also need to be flexible. You need to be good under pressure. You need to have a “How can I help THEM have the best event possible even if it’s an inconvenience to my comfort” mindset.

-You need to be willing to learn. I spent A LOT of time investing, not just learning about my craft, but learning about the business. How to bid and win, what people want and need, how to dress, present yourself professionally, keep tabs on your equipment and even how to travel inexpensively and efficiently. I’m always learning, reading, researching, and rehearsing. Daily. It’s annoying sometimes…but this is business.

-You’ll eventually need video.

If you have or are willing to do the above things, I say, “Yes” invest in the sites. The above things will set you up for success and your investment will more than pay off.

Will I Personally Continue Using the Sites:

Both my annual dues are coming up and, to be honest, I’m debating. I’m at a different place in my career where I’ve discovered being a humorist (funny speaker) is much more rewarding to me than just being funny. I want to entertain, but I also want to deliver meaning to the audience. Both sites don’t bode too well for booking those types of speaking events. I’ve also done so many hard gigs to learn the ropes that I’m not willing to take any and all gigs anymore. This past year I stopped taking most gigs that came through these sites, as I mentioned above, because of that. Both sites served me VERY well in the beginning and I’m FOREVER grateful for them. I’m just not sure they’re still worth the financial investment for me anymore in attracting the right type of clients for my new niche.  I’d love people’s thoughts and opinions on this.

StacyPederson.com

The Types of Speakers Meeting and Event Planners Call On…and It’s Not Looking Good for Me…

Stacy Pederson Corporate Funny Keynote Comedian Speaker

I was one of THOSE kids in school. The kind that sat in the front row…sort of. (I was actually placed there because I had the attention span of a gnat.) My desk was a disaster. My hair was askew.  BUT I was a great example to the class. People pleaser to the core. The moment the teacher asked a question I knew the answer to, my hand shot up in a, “Me, ME, MEEEE”, “notice me”, “pick me”, “LOVE ME” frenzy.

Have you ever noticed teachers never call on the front row kids? Their eyes dart frantically across the room for someone-ANYONE-else to raise their hands. We’re the last resort kids because we ALWAYS have our hands up. Front and Center- in a visibly, highly annoying fashion.

NOW as a funny speaker…nothing’s changed. N-O-T-H-I-N-G. I have to sit on my hands because that same tendency to throw up my arm and scream, “PICK MEEEE” to meeting and event planners burns within.

Here’s who I’ve discovered Meeting and Event Planners Call On and It’s Not Looking Good for Me:

1.      The Good Kid. The kid whose desk is perfectly straight, homework turned in, solid grades, steadfast and follows through like clockwork. When a task needs to be done-such as sending a note to the office-this kid is who gets called on. No messing around, talking in the hallway, tripping over shoelaces…This kid does the job dutifully, responsibly, and does it well. When in doubt-send the good kid/speaker out.

2.      The Cool Kid in the Back of the Class. The kid that walks in a room and doesn’t have to say a word. His leather jacket, good looks and magnetism says it all for him. He never needs to throw up his hands. He’s just IT. All that. (Aka-my husband. He was one of those kids… Whatever…) He doesn’t need to even make eye contact with the meeting planners because he knows everyone wants him and eventually-if they know what’s good for their business- they’ll want him, too.

3.      The Mad Scientist. The kid who gets written off by his peers that no one pays attention to. Then one day he turns in an earth shattering algorithm that solves world hunger and alleviates class oppression all in the time it took me to locate my lunch box. His appearance and presentation may not be polished, but THIS kid’s a stinkin’ genius. He’ll graduate college with honors before I figure out how to walk, talk, chew gum, and roll my eyes in middle school-mean girl-synchronized perfection.

4.      The Class Clown. Witty, lovable, maybe not that brilliant, but always has the class in stitches at just the right time. Attention getting, creative, unpredictable, but the audience’s response is always worth the risk.

5.      Me. The kid who eventually gets called on for the mere fact I’ll put my hand down. Ok- not exactly…. (There’s a good chance my hand isn’t even up because I didn’t hear the question. I was distracted trying to locate my ruler that’s buried behind the green and red paper chain I made for Christmas but forgot to give to my parents…2 Christmases ago.) It isn’t until just the right question grabs my attention that my head and my hand shoot straight up… “PIIIICK MEEEE!!!! I actually know this one!! I can do this one! Hire me! ME, ME, MEEEE!!!!”

This article is my passive, completely non-effective, overly obvious way of putting my hand up to be noticed. Think of the movie, “A Christmas Story” where Ralphie gives the teacher a fruit basket…and a wink…

StacyPederson.com…wink

Hand raise- PICK ME link: https://youtu.be/AuOS57PjTKY

Stacy Pederson is located in Colorado where she can be found second guessing herself as an actor, writer, speaker and clean comedian. She is obviously not a skilled marketer.

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Top 5 Things That Help You Look Like Less of an Idiot While Conducting Business in a Coffee Shop

Top 5 Things That Help You Look Like Less of an Idiot While Conducting Business in a Coffee Shop I admit I’m a late bloomer when it comes to being an urban, hip, cool, “my office is a coffee shop,” “I only own a Mac” kind of person.  I’ve avoided coffee shops in the past because…I’m broke…but I also found them intimidating. (It was really the “I’m broke” part that kept me out.) I’ve secretly peered into coffee shop windows where I observed hordes of trendy, skinny-jeaned  people typing effortlessly. Something about their not really fixed but perfectly fixed gelled hair, flannel shirts, and whiffs of espresso made their lives seem significantly more put together than mine. I’ve recently stumbled into the world of comedy writing. Out of complete panic of deadliness and sheer lunacy at home, I’ve found myself plunked between the business guy who talks too loud and the goth teen who shouldn’t be drinking caffeine. Continue reading “Top 5 Things That Help You Look Like Less of an Idiot While Conducting Business in a Coffee Shop”