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What I Learned Hosting the Hot Lunch Jam

What I Learned Hosting the Hot Lunch Jam 618 618 I Need A Speaker

By Tricia Richards-Service

When I was an undergrad at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, I was involved in every club and organization related to communications and journalism. I was president of Sigma Delta Chi, our student chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists. I was an editor on yearbook. I was an editor for the school newspaper. Perhaps the most fun role I held was DJ for the college radio station.

I delivered the news a few days of the week, and I hosted a weekly lunch program called the Hot Lunch Jam. I loved every second of it. Today, I’m so grateful that I ventured into radio, because it taught me to use more of a theatrical voice when speaking on a broadcast medium. Serving as a radio DJ doesn’t allow you to see your listeners, so you’re forced to keep up higher-than-normal energy levels, engaging people while they are driving, preparing dinner, exercising, or otherwise casually listening.

No one emulated this better than the late, great Robin Williams in the movie Good Morning, Vietnam. Watch the trailer here. The movie tells the story of an unorthodox and irreverent DJ named Adrian Cronauer begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the U.S. Armed Services radio station in Vietnam in 1965. His goal was singular: raise the morale of the troops serving there.

While most opportunities lack that drama, pressure, and grief, they are useful in developing the skill set needed to be an effective presenter. Public speakers often benefit greatly from experiences like appearing on radio shows or podcasts. Those guest appearances encourage speakers to enunciate more clearly, infuse their remarks with energy, and entice audiences to actively listen.

Speakers, if you are offered an opportunity like this … take it!


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Enjoy our chat on the TrillMBA podcast

Enjoy our chat on the TrillMBA podcast 2560 1440 I Need A Speaker

Recently, the founder of I Need A Speaker was asked to be a guest on the Trill MBA podcast. Tricia Richards-Service was thrilled to talk with host Felicia Ann Rose Enuha about I Need A Speaker and the power of public speaking.

Click here to listen and learn.


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Show me the money! Why a one-time, full payment is your best option.

Show me the money! Why a one-time, full payment is your best option. 2560 1707 I Need A Speaker

When booking speaking engagements, some presenters only tend to focus on the client expectations and the bottom line. Although both are important, it’s also in speakers’ best interests to incentivize clients to pay in full prior to the engagement.

Why is this so important? Being paid in full ensures that events will not be canceled due to external factors, changes in management preferences, budgetary reductions, or other reasons. Here are some ways you can incentivize clients to hand you the money now:

  • Pre-event survey. Include a pre-event and/or post-event survey to collect audience information that’s valuable to your client.
  • Discount. Some companies have a policy that they must accept any available discounts. You may opt to offer a 2 to 5 percent discount with payment in full, which nets much more than zero if the event were to be canceled.
  • Follow-up coaching. Might your audience benefit from follow-up coaching by phone or Zoom?
  • Additional content. Add the temptation of a checklist, flow chart, questionnaire, or other reference piece.
  • Supplemental reading. Allow the benefits of your presentation to continue by offering material written or selected by you.
  • Debrief and recommendations. Suggest a post-meeting review of what went well, what could be improved, and how your audience might benefit from additional training or presentations. Your client will get a sense of your success and develop ways to engage your services in the future.

UK podcast highlights benefits of public speaking with I Need A Speaker

UK podcast highlights benefits of public speaking with I Need A Speaker 452 158 I Need A Speaker

What a thrill to be on Julia Silver’s Qualified Tutor podcast! Qualified Tutor is a UK-based professional development community for tutors.

Tricia Richards-Service, founder of I Need A Speaker, discussed the benefits of lifelong learning. She also talked about the ways public speaking can benefit people by increasing their visibility for jobs and promotions; enhancing their interpersonal skills; and giving them greater self-confidence to be advocates for themselves and others.

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1mggD2j9TKlTCMHjBcZ1pB?si=ohBnpj5tSRyhlvySSI6aAg

Do you have a podcast? If so, we’d be happy to share the benefits of public speaking to help your audience maximize their potential. E-mail us at info@ineedaspeaker.com

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