Ken Futch Discusses Professional Speaking

Ken Futch and I discussed professional speaking

Since many of us fear public speaking and shy away from opportunities to face audiences, you probably wonder why anyone would choose professional speaking as a career–and how you make the transition into that business.

Veteran professional speaker Ken Futch joined “The Communication Corner”–my weekly interview program on WBCX-FM, “The Voice of Brenau”–to explain why he left his stellar career at AT&T after eleven years to launch his speaking career. With his entertaining, informational, and often motivational style, Ken covered these and other topics:

–His “signature story”–accidentally shooting himself in the head
–The public event he attended that attracted him to professional speaking
–Using humor effectively
–Organizations a new speaker should affiliate with
–Technology the professional speaker must learn and use
–Strategies for getting your audience involved
–Pluses and minuses of Power Point
–The valuable art of telling stories

You will marvel as Ken recalls hear near-death experience. In fact, this Vietnam combat platoon leader uses all of his life’s lessons to help others find the best opportunities in every situation.

CONTACT KEN TO ACQUIRE HIS SERVICES AND PRODUCTS
Visit Ken’s Web site:
http://www.kenfutch.com

His site describes his programs and services, along with giving his contact information. From his site, you can order his book in either hardback or audio. The title: Take Your Best Shot: Turning Situations into Opportunities. Too, you can order his DVD, The Secrets of Influence–Insights for Professionals.

As a fellow professional who has seen Ken in action many times, I can assure you he will make your meeting or conference lively, and will generate long-range results.

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NOW LISTEN TO MY INTERVIEW WITH KEN FUTCH
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Improve Your Conversation–5 Great Tips

My host, Joel Williams, asked for my top 5 ways to improve your conversation

When Katie Highsmith–my usual host for “The Local Hour” on WDUN, 550 AM on Monday mornings–took a short vacation to attend a wedding in Houston, TX, Joel Williams substituted as my interviewer.

We opened our conversation by observing how important conversation is, both for professional success and for personal enjoyment.

Well, if you want to be the person who enters a Business After Hours gathering with increased confidence–because you have the keys to starting and maintaining a compelling conversation–you will want to hear our brief interview. Or if you want to become more persuasive with your sales prospects, or more adept at building relationships, take ten minutes to consider the approach I describe. And for sure, if you’re going through job interviews, recognize that the ability to make small talk can bring big-time returns.

I suggest that you pay special attention to one of the quotes I used, taken from an anonymous writer: “A bore talks about himself or herself, a gossip talks about other people, and a great conversationalist talks about you.

As you listen to my 5 tips, evaluate your own conversational habits. Rate yourself. Are you the person people want at their dinner table? If not, which of the recommended steps should you take?

NOW LISTEN TO MY FIVE TIPS FOR IMPROVING YOUR CONVERSATION
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