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Genius in Simplicity

“Everything genius is simple.” So says one of my favorite Russian proverbs. But let’s not confuse “simple” with rudimentary. Simple doesn’t always mean basic. It doesn’t mean that it’s not well thought-out or cleverly...

The Myth of Being Discovered

Almost everyone has heard the “rags to riches” urban myths and legends about how big-name Hollywood stars got “discovered” —  literally picked out of a crowd in some random place, purely thanks to a chance encounter. True serendipity....
Up From The Ashes

Up From The Ashes

On rising up from the ashes: When you first make a leap without a net, all you can think of at first is, “Holy sh*t! What if I fail?” Then you instantly realize that this is the crucial moment where you have to make the most important choice of your life:...
When It’s Do-Or-Die

When It’s Do-Or-Die

My business & life changed when I left my job at the speakers’ bureau, because it was do-or-die. Instead of following the traditional bureau model, I joined forces with two thought leaders to work together independently, to help them grow the speaking part...

Nothing Is Worse Than Waiting or Chasing

There’s a Russian proverb that says: “Ху́же нет — ждать да догоня́ть.” The translation means, “Nothing is worse than waiting or chasing.” This goes equally for someone who’s wanting to get started speaking, and also for...

A Common Mistaken Assumption About the Industry

Before the end of the year, I wanted to help you set the record straight on a very commonly-held (and mistaken) assumption about the speaking industry. I often hear a lot of new speakers say, “I want to find a speakers’ bureau to represent me.”...
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