1. All major sports teams have coaches. If you want to play in the major league, get coaching.
2- If you want to be good, hang around those who already are.
3- Audiences remember only a few of your words. They never forget the essence of who you are.
4- Work on who you are more than what you say.
5- Don't rush to get your book published. People eventually forget a bad speech. A book is forever.
6- Professional speaking is a crazy business but that doesn't mean that you need to go crazy. Don't go bonkers, if you lose a speaking engagement. It leaves that date open for another one to come along...or to write the next bestseller.
7- Charge less than you are worth and grow into your fee.
8- Don't try to do it all. Everything you hear from other speakers shouldn't be everything you do. Take only what fits for you, your style, and your market.
9- Have a passion for what you do. It will help you get through those delayed flights, canceled engagements, and not-so-great audiences.
10- Have fun. If you are not enjoying what you are doing, why do it?