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So You Want to Speak in Public? It’s Time to Get Picked!

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With all the noise out there it can sometimes be hard to get noticed. Especially if you want to get picked to speak in public. Public speaking for some is well terrifying, to say the least. Rated among the top of things that people are scared of the most. A new book, Get Picked: Tips, Tricks, and Tools for Creating Irresistible Speaker Proposals perhaps your fears will not be a much of a challenge. The official launch date of Get Picked by Aurora Gregory and David Pitlik is on June 28th. I have spoken publicly over the years in front of various audiences. I spent years as a deejay talking on a microphone at dozens of weddings, parties, and nightclubs. I decided to share my story and testimony in front of strangers at a gala. I also participated in a panel discussion recently on stage in front of a group of entrepreneurs. No matter the audience or venue, I wish I had known what it took to get picked and stick out as well as have more success with my speaker proposals. Get Picked is the resource I have been unknowingly looking for and thrilled to have found. You have a message, experience, and knowledge that needs to be heard. @GetPicked2Speak Click To Tweet Public speakers can be like anything else; you must rise above the crowd and stick out above the rest to get picked. This book is full of techniques and ways to get speaking gigs that are perfect for you and your niche. Everyone has a story to share […]

An App That Helps Build Community: Nextdoor

Unless you are still using a flip phone like a few people I may be related to; you likely have a smartphone and use its apps. An app is an application, one that likely has an icon on either your home screen or extended menu. Some apps are small software programs that run on your phone. Other apps are nothing more than a cute shortcut to a mobile site. Recently I was introduced to a relatively new app by accident. Late one night our new neighbor’s dog escaped. While we were helping him look for his dog, he introduced himself, handed me a piece of paper that had information about signing up for an app called Nextdoor. He briefly explained how it worked in his previous neighborhood in situations just like the one we were in. I had heard of Next door a couple of times previously and not paid it much mind. A few days past and I pulled out the now crumpled paper and decided to investigate a bit further. Next door is a social networking app that is all about your local community. Unlike Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or others it is an app that is developed for real relationships. To reach the application’s potential, once you sign up, you need to invite others to join. A caveat to that is you only can invite people that live in your local area, in your neighborhood. You can find the Nextdoor app in either your Google Play store on Android or the App Store for […]

Father’s Day Gifts No Matter What Kind of Dad You Have

Father’s day is coming up once again. Many will scramble to find an ugly tie or a last minute card or some other Father’s Day gift. One that will end up buried in a drawer, closet or the bottom of the trash can on trash day. Perhaps a little legwork and insight will help pick the right gift for the type of father you have. I have compiled a list of father types and aligned them with perfect gifts to help remove all your angst and anxiety. I mean celebrating someone who no matter your age still intimidates you is bad enough am I right? No sense in making the gift process just as bad. 1.) All business all the time – What better a gift than one that will last him a lifetime. Saddleback Leather Company make the perfect accessory from wallet to briefcase and more that will last for generations to come. Hint: invest wisely as it could become yours one day. 2.) Forgetful father – as our parents age they begin to become more childlike. What better way to stimulate their mind and bring back childhood memories than a coloring book of classic cars or fishing lore created by Spry mind. 3.) Mission Minded – Many fathers are looking for more out of their life. They work hard for their money, but that is not always enough. As leaders of the family, they want to set an example for others to follow. How about a gift that goes further? Whether it be a ministry serving the […]