Speaking Successfully

(This is from the forward written by George Morrisey to my book “Winning Ways: How to Get to the Top and Stay There” with a little bit of editing)

“What do I need to do to become a successful speaker?” was a question asked of me by a brand new speaker at a recent meeting of the National Speakers Association. “Have something to say to other people and earn the right to say it” was my response.

Regrettably, there are many people who are still looking for that “magic pill” that will produce instant success, whether that be as a speaker, salesperson, engineer or a manager. I know many successful people, but I don’t know a single one who hasn’t paid his or her “dues” in order to achieve that success.

The road to success is long and filled with ditches and detours. Furthermore, that road is a continuous journey, never a destination. Ask yourself “What does real success mean for me? Am I willing to pay the price to achieve that success? If the answer is yes, What do I really need to get there?”

If you decide to proceed on this journey, you will need an invaluable road map. It may cause you to periodically assess and even modify your definition of success. It may lead you to wonder at times if the journey is worth the effort.

As you achieve some of the milestones described here, you’ll feel a sense of empowerment and exhilaration that is far more fulfilling and long lasting than any chemically-induced experience. It is the ultimate “high.” Get ready for an arduous, but exciting, trip to real self-fulfillment.