Heaven High, everyone! How was your Thanksgiving? How many pieces of pie did you have? What post-turkey-day leftover recipes are you looking forward to?
In honor of Black Friday (AKA “Customer Appreciation Day” AKA “Commercialism At It’s Best/Worst” AKA #buyallthethings), I have compiled a list of things that public speakers would appreciate for the holidays.
I hate being asked what I would want for Christmas because I never know what to say. Loved ones always want to buy you something that you will enjoy. Just because it is for professional improvement, some of them assume that it is no fun. However, for some of us, improving our lives (no matter what aspect of our lives) is fun!
#1) An Improv Class
Acting classes are great for speakers because they don’t just teach actors how to act, they also teach them how to annunciate, project, and about stage presence. This is one of the many reasons why Thom McFadden is such a great asset for every kind of speaker. He is a man who wears many hats (including acting coach) but he can also offer so much to speakers who run their own businesses, work for any company, or any other speakers. If you need to work on overcoming your stage fright, consider joining Thom’s community for some great speaking and presenting tips.
#2) Office Supplies
Just because you are buying this person office supplies, that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. You don’t have to get paperclips and pencils. There are plenty of cool office supplies that you can snag for your favorite speaker: a handful of thumb drives (always important for backing up important files), speakers, a desk plant (so important for atmosphere, clean air, and health), business cards, even new headshots.
#3) A New Website
A spiffy new site would be a fantastic present. It is imperative that businesses have up-to-date websites. If you want to give your friend a new website, you can do it in a number of ways. The simplest way that you can help is by purchasing a domain name for your friend for a few years. You can also buy the services of a web designer and/or web developer (yes, they both do different things).
#4) A TEDx Convention
Watching successful speakers do what they do best is one of the most important things for a speaker to see. Speakers can earn from example. They can take notes on their favorite techniques and speech styles. A TEDx convention is one of the best conventions for a speaker to go to. If not one of these, consider gifting a different convention which is specific to his or her field.
#5) Something to Read
When it comes to personal and professional improvement nothing helps like a good book. It doesn’t necessarily have to be about public speaking. Learning about new things breeds innovation, even when it comes to public speaking. If you need a stocking stuffer, why not pick up a copy of my book, ACTING FOR REAL, for free. All you have to do is click on that big, beautiful, green button below!
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It is autumn (actually it is almost winter), which means that we are officially head-first into soup season. My favorite leftover turkey recipe is for Homemade Turkey Soup and you can find it here on the Taste of Home website.