Date: June2011

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Book – Paid To Speak


Paid to Speak:  Best Practices or Building a Successful Speaking Business
The National Speakers Association

“Paid to Speak offers dozens of sage pieces of advice for anyone who wants to build their speaking business.  From content to marketing to deliver, this book will save you years of hard knocks on your way to becoming a ‘million dollar mouth’.” 

Covering every aspect of launching, building, and maintaining a successful speaking career, Paid to Speak is a must-read for professional speakers – whether keynote speaker, motivator, coach, trainer, facilitator, or consultant – as well as those aspiring to a speaking career.

The book is divided in to four sections:  Eloquence, Enterprise, Expertise, and Ethics.  Ron is co-author of a chapter on “Cooking up Comedy”.


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Doing it Well Means Doing The Work…Even When It's Fun

Sometimes we look at famous comedians and assume they were just born funny and that they don’t have to work at it.  In the movie Comedian, Jerry Seinfeld works his material over and over and over.  Similarly, I spoke with author and columnist Dave Barry and he admitted that writing humor was terribly difficult and […]

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What an Attitude

I spoke last night at the E. C. Green Cancer Center at Jennie Stuart Medical Center in Hopkinsville, KY (about 60 miles north of Nashville, TN).  For a rural area, this center is at the top of its game with state-of-the-art technology and some of the most warm, caring, and professional staff I’ve ever met. […]

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Hospice Article

Here’s an article I wrote for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization on managing processes: Do it Well and Make it Fun:  Creating Excellence in All Processes

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Progressive Snapshot – A Better Deal for Good Drivers

In my last post, I mentioned that I switched my insurance carrier from Liberty Mutual to Progressive because of the $2400 I saved in premiums.  Another unique feature with Progressive is their Snapshot program. If you choose to participate, they send you a Snapshot device that attaches to your car.  I assume it’s some sort […]

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Have You Checked Your Insurance Premiums Lately?

Almost two years ago, I had a motorcycle accident.  I suffered a deep cut in my chin but otherwise I was OK.  My motorcycle was not so lucky and I decided, for superstitious as well as practical reasons, to sell it rather than to repair it. My insurance carrier was Progressive.  You may know their […]

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Anthony Weiner Was a Gift

Whenever someone asks me, “Where do you find your humor,” I often tell them that it’s simply observing what’s around you.  Humor is everywhere and if you’re looking for it, you’ll see it. Along those lines, only once in a millennium does something happen like the Anthony Weiner fiasco.  For a politician named Weiner to […]

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Al Jaffee Does it Well…AND Makes it Fun(ny)

I recently came across this great interview with Al Jaffee, the creator of the folding back page in Mad magazine.  As a kid, I was a huge Mad fan and the back page was like the prize in the cereal box.  I couldn’t wait to see what it was. In a 2010 interview, Al Jaffee […]

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Pelican vs. Travelpro: Who does it well?

Until recently, I loved the way that luggage companies treated you.  Something breaks, they replace it.  Of course if you abuse your luggage, or allow TSA to abuse it, the warranty doesn’t cover it.  But when handles, zippers, wheels, and the like break, the luggage companies typically take good care of you. I’m a fan […]

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