Performance Anxiety: Tips for Stage Fright

CP from Nebraska writes:

“I’ve participated with Toastmasters, and that has helped my stage fright. But when I get in front of a large dental audience, I have a hard time keeping my concentration. Do you have any tips to combat stage fright?”

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Top 25 Women in Dentistry, 2017

Earlier this week, Dental Products Report unveiled its honorees for the 2017 Top 25 Women in Dentistry.   Thank you, colleagues and clients, for generously nominating me for this prestigious honor.  It is my pleasure to work with you and my greatest joy lies in celebrating your many successes as you grow your speaking and consulting businesses.

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Want to Speak and Consult in Dentistry?

Would you like more from your dental career?  Do you anticipate that your knowledge, skills and experience, if shared, could help other dental professionals and teams reach their goals?   Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to be a speaker or consultant in dentistry?

With time and experience in the practice, many dental professionals feel they have something to offer and would like to “give back” to dentistry while expanding their careers as business and thoughts leaders.   If you’ve found yourself wondering, “Could I do that?”, read on for pointers on launching your professional speaking and/or consulting business in dentistry.

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When Speaker Needs to Cancel Speaking Engagement


ER from California asks:

I recently spoke for a large national meeting.  By the end of my Friday afternoon session, my throat was feeling a bit dry and hoarse.  I was scheduled to speak the following morning.  However, when I awoke on Saturday I had NO voice… not even a squeak!   I tried everything I could think of:  I steamed my face, drank tea, water, used throat lozenges and nothing worked.  I immediately located the event planners to check in with them.  They realized that I would not be able to present, but had no idea how to resolve this.  We searched the course catalog for other speakers who might be able to speak on this topic but came up with no other options.  Together we opted to cancel the class.  I felt horrible, and still do….  What advice would you give to the speaker and the meeting planner in this situation?

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Cold Calling Meeting Planners


PE of Connecticut asks:

I tried to contact a state dental association Executive Director today to learn more about opportunities to speak for their meetings.   She was out and they gave me her voice mail.   What do you recommend dental speakers do in this situation? Would you leave a voice mail and then follow up with an email, or just send an email?  What is the most effective protocol?

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