The Easy Way to Become a More Memorable, High-Impact Public Speaker

This is a repost of an article I wrote about attending my first SCORRE Conference almost three years ago. Honestly, no conference before or since has had such a dramatic impact on me professionally. I use what I learned every single day. At the end of this post, I will tell you how to get a $200 discount to our next conference on May 6–9. But you must act quickly. We have less than 20 tickets left.

I spent the summer before my sophomore year in college as a summer missionary in Galveston, Texas. Each week my team visited a different church in the area and led vacation Bible school. It was fun, rewarding work.

In addition, I was assigned to a local church where I lived with the pastor, his wife, and their two children. They were both in their fifties and made me feel right at home.

After I had been there for about a month, the pastor casually said to me, “Mike, Rhonda and I are going out of town next weekend. I’d like for you to lead the service on Sunday and preach for me.”

I immediately felt the color drain from my face. I was terrified. “But, I’ve never spoken in public,” I stammered.

“Don’t worry. You’ll do fine,” he chuckled. “There’s a first time for everything.” He then got up and walked out of the room. Evidently, not accepting the assignment was not an option!

I remember studying like crazy during that week. I read the Bible and poured over commentaries. I outlined the points I wanted to make. I then revised the outline, then threw it away and started over—several times. I couldn’t sleep. I dreaded facing the congregation on Sunday.

The truth is, I did fine—just as he predicted. My sermon wasn’t great, but I got through it. And with practice I grew better at speaking.

Since that time, I have spoken more than one thousand times. I have also appeared on more than twelve hundred radio and television shows. I have written seven books and over thirteen hundred blog posts. Communication is my life.

If only I could have done something to shorten the learning curve at the beginning. Yes, I read books on speaking and communication. Those helped. But it wasn’t until I attended The SCORRE Conference three years ago that I saw the potential of how getting the right training can accelerate your proficiency.

My friend, Ken Davis, invited Gail and me to attend the conference. He founded this conference, created the framework and the content, and has been faithfully teaching it for years.

We initially went as participants and were blown away. We learned three essential skills:

  1. The SCORRE preparation framework. This is the outlining technique that enables the best communicators to communicate with power. Once you know the secret, you can apply it to any speech and hit a home run every time.
  2. The SCORRE illustration method. This is a proven method for collecting compelling illustrations and communicating them in a way that is entertaining, effective, and transformational.
  3. The SCORRE delivery technique. This is a collection of best practices for using your voice and body to enhance your message and connect with your audience. I can’t believe I hadn’t learned this stuff before.

But that was only the beginning. If that was all we learned, it would have been worth the price. And then some. But there was more.

What made this particular conference so powerful was we had to prepare and deliver one short speech each day. That may sound scary, but it wasn’t. It was the difference-maker that guaranteed we actually improved as speakers.

After we delivered each talk to our small group, a certified master coach evaluated what we were doing well and where we could improve.

In addition, he video-taped each of our speeches, along with his comments, so we could review them later. Honestly, the improvement was dramatic. Every student left better than when they came—many, dramatically so.

I was so impressed with The SCORRE Conference that I am now a full partner with Ken Davis. Whether you are a professional speaker, a pastor, a corporate executive, an author—or are just passionate about a message—you can take your communication skills to the next level by attending this conference.

The next one is scheduled for May 6–9 at the beautiful Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Ken and I will both be there, teaching and interacting with our students.

If you register now, you can take advantage of my special Reader Discount that I am offering exclusively to my readers. This will save you $200 off the regular tuition prices. All you have to do is enter the discount code “HYATT,” when you sign up.

We also offer a MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE. Here’s the deal: If you attend the conference, participate in all the learning activities, and are not completely satisfied that you got your money’s worth, we will happily refund your tuition. No questions asked.

I hope you will join us. I always look forward to interacting with our students on a personal basis. I hope I get a chance to shake your hand and get acquainted.

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  • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

    For my career, becoming a better speaker would give me more confidence as I take on more and more leadership (whether or not my title or position changes).

    For my dream, becoming a better speaker would allow me to amplify my platform – to speak “louder”, clearer, and with a better plan.

    I was blessed to go through a presentation skills course at work a few weeks ago which seemed to teach many of the same things mentioned above.  These types of courses and conferences can be so beneficial to those who are serious about improving their public speaking capabilities.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I was surprised as I moved up through my career how the opportunities for speaking and presenting grew. I felt like I was always presenting (or selling) something. I wish I had done this at the beginning of my career.

    • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

      I wish this conference was available in Australia!

      • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

        Not impossible, Daren. Find a church or organization who is willing to back it (and host it), and we’ll be there!

        • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

          Challenge accepted.

          • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

            Excellent. :)

  • http://www.godsabsolutelove.com/ Patricia Zell

    While there isn’t any way that I can attend the conference, I did buy Ken’s video and book. I’ve been asking God for wisdom and open doors as far as speaking is concerned. The content of what I want to share can bring joy to people, so I have set my purpose to hone my speaking skills just like I honed my writing skills. By the way, any chance of a conference being held in Ohio. Columbus is a beautiful city…

    • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

      Did you enjoy his book Patricia? 

      • http://www.godsabsolutelove.com/ Patricia Zell

        I’ve just recently bought it–I have to wait until I have a break from school to get into it. I did read the first few pages and already am thinking about my need to have a focus in any speech I give. Like Ken points out, I could just ramble on and on and people wouldn’t remember what I say.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Right now, we are not considering Columbus, but we’ll add it to our list. We will likely be in Vail, Colorado in the fall. I’d like to get to the place where we do four of these a year. I’m glad you got Ken’s video and book. We have just re-shot the video, and I am excited about that. The thing you miss—and why you should come at some point—is the small group coaching. That’s really what makes this so different from any other program out there.

      • http://www.godsabsolutelove.com/ Patricia Zell

        I’m pretty good at learning things on my own, so that’s where I’m beginning. I’m thinking about working up five different talks using some of the main ideas from my book. Then I may be sending out some letters with copies of my book to organizations/church groups in western/central Ohio. My mantra (purpose) is “I want to bring joy to as many people as possible.”

      • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

        I agree, Michael. The most valuable part of the conference is the small group coaching, which you just can’t get by reading a book.

      • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

        One more reason to visit Colorado…

      • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

        I’d be delighted if it came to Columbus or the surrounding states such as Indiana, Illinois, or Michigan.

  • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

    Becoming a better communicator would help me get the message out to my audience with more clarity and impact. I like what you mentioned about the three essential skills taught at The SCORRE Conference. I am not able to attend now but hope to be there in the future.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I hope you can come in the future, too, Joe.

      • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

        Thanks!

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      We’d love to have you there, Joe!

      • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

        Thanks, Michele! 

  • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

    I learned about the conference from your blog post last year, then a friend of mine attended it and said it was AMAZING! With the publication of my first book, I know I need to learn everything there is about communication if I intend to keep going forward. Praying in faith that God will provide the opportunity. 

    FYI: I think your title is supposed to start with “What” 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for catching that. A proofreader actually caught that yesterday for me, and I changed it (I thought). Some how I managed to revert to a previous version. Fixed now.
      Thanks.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      The best way to set yourself apart as a writer (and sell a bunch of books!) is to become a dynamic speaker. I hope you’ll be able to make it, Sundi. Would love to meet you in person!

      • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

        I agree. 

        • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

          You agree you want to meet me in person or with Michele’s comment? :)

          • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

            Ha!

      • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

        Thank you Michele. As long as I follow God’s calling, He’ll continue to open great doors. I hope to meet you in person as well. Perhaps we can work that out. 

  • http://www.mattandjesskelley.blogspot.com/ Jessica Miller Kelley

    Does anyone have thoughts on Toastmasters? I know several people who swear by it. I have no desire to be a public speaker, but I would like to speak more confidently in meetings and presentations at work. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      John Richardson swears by it. I have heard many good things too.

    • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

      Toastmasters is a wonderful organization with thousands of clubs around the world. The great thing about TM, is their program starts you off slow and teaches you the basics, from writing and organizing a speech to presenting with vocal variety and motivation. The basic manual contains ten speeches that you prepare  and go through, each one covering a specific speaking topic. When you get through the manual, you’ll be a much more confident speaker and presenter. You can find out more information and locate a club near you by visiting their website at http://toastmasters.org

      • Nancy

        I have low self-esteem issues and am terrified in speaking in front of people.  I am currently writing my first book and knew I would eventually have to talk to people if I wanted to sell my book.  I went to a Toastmasters meeting last week and immediately joined.  I prepared for a week to give my ice breaker speech and thought it was going to be awful.  I was terrified before I started my speech, but I was awarded the Best Speaker award.  Many said it was the best ice breaker speech they had ever heard.  You never know what you have inside yourself until you try.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          And that HAD to have boosted your confidence! Great story. Thanks.

        • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

          I have seen that so many times, Nancy. Giving that icebreaker and sharing from the heart is so freeing and motivating. We all have things inside that we want to share with the world. Toastmasters gives you a safe environment to learn, practice, and share with passion. Getting past your first speech is like a direct shot of confidence. I have seen major transformations in people’s lives after a handful of presentations.

        • http://twitter.com/carlenefrmMaine Carlene Byron

          Being terrified before you get up is often the shot of adrenaline it takes to give a great talk! I’m glad you’re discovering this!

        • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

          Great job, Nancy!

    • http://www.strategic-concepts.us/ Eric Langley

      +1 for Toastmasters. Members are passionate about helping each other. Plus Toastmasters has a great Leadership Development program. All of this at very low cost…

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      I’ve talked to several people who attended SCORRE and are part of a local Toastmasters groups. All have said they go well together. SCORRE offers an intense four days of teaching a preparation method and coaching in delivery. Toastmasters provides ongoing opportunities to practice and improve after you get back home.

  • http://www.thadthoughts.com/ Thad Puckett

    My first sermon was delivered at a retirement facility in Ashville, NC. Those retirees included retired missionaries. I don’t recall how I did (probably not so well) but I remember feeling like a great orator because of the support of those dear ones. I think I have improved in the past 30 years, but I have never felt more affirmed than I did that first night I preached.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Great story, Thad. I am likewise endeared to the gracious (and immensely patient!) audiences who endured my early presentations. I had NO idea what I was doing. I hope it’s made me more of a gracious listener now.

      • http://www.thadthoughts.com/ Thad Puckett

        My second public sermon was horrible.  I knew it was horrible before I was done!  

        • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

          Been there. Isn’t that the worst feeling?

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      I had a similar experience, but not as pleasant.  My first sermon was to 6th Graders!!! Not so complimentary and thoughtful after sermon.  

      • http://www.thadthoughts.com/ Thad Puckett

        Now THAT would put fear in anybody!

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      The first time I preached, I stumbled all over the place.  But I had a former minister encourage me and give me a couple of commentaries.  Best learning experience I had.

  • http://gailbhyatt.wordpress.com/ Gail Hyatt

    All I can say is that I love this conference. You did a great job laying it out for everyone, but it’s SO much more than can be explained in one blog post.

    • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

      Gail, do you do any speaking? Or did you just attend to support Michael?

      • http://gailbhyatt.wordpress.com/ Gail Hyatt

        I have done some speaking and definitely intend to do more. I’ll be going again as a refresher. 

        When Mike and I went to the conference the first time, I thought I was just going to enter his world and learn along with him. As it turned out, we were in different groups and I was on my own. I decided to enter into it for myself and it was a tremendous experience! It gave me confidence to pursue speaking for myself. I’ve also seen how it’s helped my writing.

        • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

          Thank you. I am prayfully considering attending! 

          • http://www.joyjoyg.com/ Joy Groblebe

            Hope to see you there Kelly!

          • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

            I just registered, Joy! So I WILL see you there. Looking forward to it.

        • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

          I just registered, Gail. Thank you for the information you shared about the conference. I pray that God will use it to bless my writing and speaking ministry.

          And I look forward to meeting you and Michael.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      And we loved having you there. :)

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    I’ve worked with hundreds of speakers through the Toastmasters Communication Program and have seen first hand how better communication skills lead to job advancement, better sales, and a whole new level of confidence. While the Toastmasters program is powerful, it takes time. It usually takes about a year to get through the basic speaking manual (10 speeches) and become a competent speaker. 

    The great thing about the SCORRE conference is that it is concentrated in one weekend, with professional trainers and one on one evaluation. If you are an author, entrepreneur, or business professional with an upcoming presentation, this type of conference will get you up to speed fast. Then you can join a local Toastmasters club and practice your craft.

    The difference between a powerful, well connecting speech and one that is read from the podium is night and day. This program will help you overcome fear and allow you to communicate with passion and purpose. This can truly mean more dollars in your pocket with better sales and a more motivating message.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Well said, John. Hope to see you in the fall!

  • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

    My wife, Wendy, and I are going to join you there in Rome! We’re very much looking forward to it. See you there!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Awesome, Chris. I look forward to seeing you there. Let’s grab a cup of coffee together.

      • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

        Now THAT’S a plan!

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Yay! See you in Rome!

  • http://twitter.com/peterwalters64 Peter Walters

    Michael,  I investigated SCORRE after reading one of your past posts.  I ordered Ken’s book and it has been very helpful especially in helping me really have focus with my sermons.  If you are out there and cannot take the course, get the book you will be glad you did.  

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      Peter, thanks for providing a testimonial about Ken’s book. I plan to purchase it later on today.

      • http://twitter.com/peterwalters64 Peter Walters

        I had to get a used copy and it did take awhile to come but it was worth it.  I have read many preaching books in my time and for organization and focus Ken’s book is up high on my list.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Have you noticed a difference in your congregation’s response, Peter?

      • http://twitter.com/peterwalters64 Peter Walters

        I can’t say I have noticed a real difference from our people.  However, I do feel my sermons are more focused and that has to be better for them as listeners.  

  • http://twitter.com/toddanderica Erica McNeal

    Will definitely bring this up to my husband, maybe both of us could go! I’m also going to foreword this link on to our base commander; perhaps, there are some men/women he’d like to send as well! Is this the same as DCWSpeaks?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, it is the same as DCWSpeaks. The conference used to be called The Dynamic Communicators Workshop (DCW), but we re-branded it. We’d love to have a contingent from the military!

  • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

    This looks like an amazing conference! I would LOVE to come.  Will have to see if I can work out all of the details. I did check out the website, and it looks great. However I noticed the actual conference is through May 3rd, not May 1st.  You may want to change your blog dates, as you are certainly getting alot more bang for your buck with a 4 days of conference events, versus just 2. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Kelly, you are correct. My bad. It is a four day conference, which is part of what makes this so powerful. Total immersion!

      • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

        I just registered! Thanks for sharing about this exciting opportunity.

  • http://meredithteasley.com Meredith Teasley

    Are there additional scholarships available? I requested to attend but was unable to receive training dollars from my organization… I would LOVE to be there. At this time, finances are really the only thing holding me back!

    • http://www.joyjoyg.com/ Joy Groblebe

      Meredith – there are a few more partial $250 scholarships available.  If you’re interested, please visit scorreconference.com and send them an email.  

  • http://mauricefoverholt.wordpress.com/ Maurice F. Overholt

    I have been a worship leader for years, leading portions of services, and I have an education degree.  While I have spent time in front of people, conducted choirs and orchestras, and even led two small memorial services last year, I have not had specific speaking training.  

    This kind of training would be very helpful for me because I am pursuing a doctorate with the plan of teaching at a collegiate level and training other worship leaders and pastors.  The cost is prohibitive for me, however.  Are there occasional scholarships?  I saw that Ken has a book and video; are there any other resources available?

    • http://www.joyjoyg.com/ Joy Groblebe

      Maurice – there are a few $250 scholarships still available.  Please visit scorreconference.com and send them an email.  They can give you all the details.  Hope to see you there!

      • http://mauricefoverholt.wordpress.com/ Maurice F. Overholt

        Thank you, Joy! I just emailed them.

      • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

        Thanks for information Joy.  

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      Great question Maurice. I’d be interested in a list of external resources as well. However, those resources will likely pale in comparison to the intensive experience offered at the SCORRE conference. There is no replacement for focused and professional feedback.

      • http://mauricefoverholt.wordpress.com/ Maurice F. Overholt

        I completely agree, Jason. During my Master’s degree in conducting the multiple feedback sessions I attended every week as I conducted choirs or orchestras were invaluable.

  • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

    If I was a better communicator, I’d be a better showman on stage (when I do gigs). I would be a better teacher. And I would be a better Leader in the Church. Communication is very important to me and I am currently learning many things at the moment by reading John Maxwell’s book, “Leadership 101″. I’m hungry to be a better Leader (communicator). 

  • http://www.joyjoyg.com/ Joy Groblebe

    I attended the SCORRE Conference as a student a few years ago.  It was life-changing.  I’m not a professional speaker or an author.  I’m a businesswoman and a mother of four!  :)  

    What this conference did for my communication skills is off the charts.  I can’t believe what I accomplished in just four days.  The skills I learned have helped me immensely in the sales and marketing portions of my business.  I learned how to better communicate with not just potential customers but also vendors and other employees.  

    When you learn the SCORRE system, you clear out all the noise surrounding your main point and your communication becomes much more powerful.  You will see the benefits of this conference immediately in your daily life.  It’s really an amazing thing you have to experience.

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      Joy … Glad to hear this was so successful for you! Your comment is making me think about investing more into this method. Thanks for the endorsement!

      • http://www.joyjoyg.com/ Joy Groblebe

        Justin…make the investment.  You won’t regret it.  

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Life changing is a great description Joy!

  • Rob Sorbo

    My job very seldom puts me on a platform. Does SCORRE offer advice for people whose communication is primarily written or face-to-face?

    • http://www.joyjoyg.com/ Joy Groblebe

      Rob – Absolutely.  My job NEVER puts me on a platform.  I use SCORRE primarily for phone conversations as well as in person and written communication.  You will reap all the benefits even if you aren’t on a stage for a living.

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      I think it’s just being a good communicator period. At least, that’s what I take away.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, it all applies equally. It has helped my blogging, facilitating small group meetings, and one-on-one communication. The same principles apply to all. Thanks.

  • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

    Love this conference. It has made me a better speaker and writer and a more confident communicator. Anytime I work on any message — whatever it is — I can’t help but think about the SCORRE method. It’s led to work opportunities, speaking and writing gigs, and made me better at my day job.

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Ok, I am doing it now!

      • http://www.joyjoyg.com/ Joy Groblebe

        Good deal Tim…see you there!

  • http://levittmike.wordpress.com levittmike

    I used to be a nervous public speaker, until I came down with Chicken Pox, as an adult.

    I had a presentation to deliver in a business writing course, and I had to postpone the presentation 1 week until I was out of the quarantine period.

    My professor gave me permission to delay even further, but I wanted to get the presentation over with.

    Thus I gave my presentation, looking like Jeff Goldblum in the movie The Fly, in front of the entire classroom.

    I was nervous and looked horrible, but I marched through the presentation.

    I had a ton of people come up to me afterwards, saying that I was brave to do what I did, and that they couldn’t have done it if it were them.

    Their encouragement and compliments broke the intense nervousness, and I’ve had a much easier time speaking to crowds.

    My advise is to encourage others so they too can break the fear of public speaking.

    Blessings!

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      That settles it. Anyone who has a fear of public speaking just needs to go and get chicken pox! You should trademark that or something:

      http://www.poxforpublicspeakingpower.com

      I’m tellin’ you!

      • http://levittmike.wordpress.com levittmike

        LOL Thanks Justin!

  • http://twitter.com/longyear Scot Longyear

    I cannot recommend this conference enough.  It is a “must do” for every communicator.  Here is my personal review.  http://scotlongyear.com/blog/how-i-became-a-better-communicator

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for sharing that, Scot. Awesome!

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      Thanks for the link, Scot!

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Loved meeting you at the SCORRE conference, Scot … even better that we’ve stayed connected!

    • http://www.joyjoyg.com/ Joy Groblebe

      Scot – I just retweeted your link….great overview!  How could a pastor not want to get this training after reading that!  

  • http://jeffvankooten.com/ Jeff Vankooten

    I, too, would highly recommend this conference. As a certified master instructor for the conference, I have seen the dramatic results that were achieved. What I learned there over twelve years ago has totally transformed my abilities as a professional speaker.
    jeffvankooten.com

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      Nothing but rave reviews for this conference. And now we have a master at it! Glad you’re a part of the community here, Jeff. Thanks for the recommendation.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      You’re a vital part of the team, Jeff. Grateful for all the expertise and experience you bring to the students!

  • http://www.sonyaleethompson.com/ Sonya Lee Thompson

    My dream is to have God use my words to encourage others. I love mentoring women and would benefit dramatically from training like this. I also believe when we are prepared (or trained) it gives us an extra measure of confidence. Thank you for this information, I’ll be sure to check out the conference link.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      As Jeff, one of our coaches, says, “Clarity is the antidote for anxiety.”

  • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

    Michael or Michele -

    Do you recommend a airport to fly into from Houston IAH?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, Atlanta. WinShape is not too far away.

  • Joy Young

    I would love to attend a conference like this, but as an educational leader in a small school district I can’t possibly afford the conference fee.  Any chance the organization ever sponsors an attendee from a public school system?  If so, my email is joy.young@trussvillecityschools.com

    • http://www.joyjoyg.com/ Joy Groblebe

      Joy (great name by the way)…there are a number of partial $250 scholarships available.  If you’re interested, please visit http://www.scorreconference.com and send us an email.  Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Being a better speaker would mean I would have the confidence to find more speaking opportunities.  The more public speaking might result in a second income.  I have done some local volunteer public speaking and have actually enjoyed it.  I hope to speak more in 2012.  I speak on Job Interviewing, how to, trends, questions, answers and follow up.

  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    Becoming a better communicator would surely lead to accelerated path to grow over my career. Unless one is able to communicate properly and fluently, growth in our career is unlikely to happen. 

  • http://twitter.com/CurtisOFletcher Curtis O. Fletcher

    Having skimmed through the majority of the comments there is something I’d like to add here…

    The SCORRE Conference gives you tools that go WAY beyond just being a better “public speaker”, it equips you to be a better communicator in whatever venue, whatever medium you choose.

    Yes, we’ll work you hard on delivery but we’ll give you a new way of thinking about and organizing information that, if you’re willing to commit, is transformational.

    I once had someone ask me how I could go from Internet Programming Analyst to Director of Marketing to Chief Technology Officer in less than 5 years coming from a background in youth ministry?!? My answer was, “I find if you understand the technology AND can communicate clearly it really opens a ton of doors.” SCORRE is what gave me the skills to communicate and make those kinds of career leaps.

    A number of folks have commented that they “can’t” come to the conference. I understand life has its commitments but I’m not sure how anyone can afford to miss it.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Curtis. I totally agree. (By the way, for anyone reading these comments, Curtis was my master coach at SCORRE the first time he went. I have one word for him: PHENOMENAL.)
      With regard to your last line, I don’t think SCORRE will benefit anyone who is unwilling to invest in this training. That is why I am skeptical of scholarships. (I know, I know, there are exceptions.) But you learn FAR more when you have skin in the game. The best conferences and seminars I have ever attended were ones I could barely afford to attend. Just sayin.’

      • http://twitter.com/CurtisOFletcher Curtis O. Fletcher

        Thanks Michael! Just to clarify though I was Michael’s coach the first time HE went…I’d been teaching it for years by then.

        And I completely agree with you on “skin in the game” in fact, I’ll endorse that thought by saying that this is one of the lowest risk investments someone could make. You will get a worthwhile return for the work, and investment, you put in.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          Oops. Thanks for correct me. I fixed my original comment, just to make it clear.

    • Jim Martin

      Curtis, this is very helpful.  Good to know that this helps communication skills in a variety of venues.

  • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

    Michael, I notice that the conference ends on Thursday at 9:45, but you all don’t recommend flying out before 3:30. Can you tell me what happens in the in-between time. I am prayfully considering attending, reviewing flight information, etc., and of course, giving all the details to my husband. There is a flight that leaves at 3:10, so I am wondering what I would miss in 20 minutes time.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      You’d probably be okay with the 3:10 flight time. By the time you pack, check out of the facility, and say your goodbyes, it will probably be at least 11 AM. The drive from Winshape to the airport is about 1 -2 hours, depending on traffic. We allow plenty of time in between to make sure students don’t miss their flights. Atlanta traffic caused me to miss mine one year!

      • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

        Thank you, Michele! That helps alot.

      • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

        I just registered Michele. I look forward to meeting you at SCORRE! 

        • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

          Wonderful! Can’t wait to meet you, Kelly.

  • Susan Cole

    I am a department manager, leading 120 people, in a 700 bed hospital.  Communicating and doing it correctly is extremely important.  I’m fairly comfortable speaking publicly but I know I could greatly benefit from this course.  It’s not just communicating in my job, but also in my personal life that’s important.  The cost, even though I’m sure is worth it, is something I could not afford right now. 

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       Susan, that is very understandable. It is not a cheap conference to attend. Yet from hearing from the attendees, it is more than worth it.

      If you would really like to attend it one day, start budgeting for it. Set aside money from each check. Before you know it you’ll be able to attend!

    • http://twitter.com/CurtisOFletcher Curtis O. Fletcher

      Susan does your current budget allow for ongoing development? One of the sessions I lead at the conference looks at how to use the information we teach in departmental or organizational planning as well. If you’ve got budgetary opportunity to attend a conference or two in a year we could probably help you craft a description that would make this a fit. 

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    Having read so much about the conference, I am determined to attend one of these years. It sounds like a great experience and something that will help improve my speaking skills.

     I believe the conference would increase my confidence of speaking in front of groups. While I can give a message in front of groups, I don’t believe I am anywhere near my best.

    • http://www.joyjoyg.com/ Joy Groblebe

      Joe…I think this year would be a great time!  ;)

      • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

         Joy, I would love to but this year just doesn’t look like it will work. I’ve already got one major conference, Catalyst, that I will be attending. Distance is the other factor. Another 12 hour car ride or an expensive plane ticket just make it all the more difficult to attend. If those dates open up and extra money comes in I may be able to. But until that happens I have to hold off until next year or the year after.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Babich/100002993676826 Jane Babich

    I am very interested in this conference. I live very close to the event location, can I register without room & board?

    • http://www.joyjoyg.com/ Joy Groblebe

      Jane – Unfortunately, our contract with Winshape requires students stay on site.  Plus, the schedule of the conference really makes it hard for anyone not to be right there.  The good news – Winshape is a FABULOUS place to stay – amazing food, fantastic people…you will love it!

  • http://www.mirandaochocki.com Miranda Ochocki

    Although I am currently unemployed, my husband and I are going to try to find a way for me to attend. As Curtis said, I CANNOT AFFORD TO MISS THIS! 

    It would be a great way to advance my skills in public speaking (a passion of mine) and ultimately help me become a better communicator in all areas of my life, including my ministry. 

    Thanks for sharing this Michael, I may have never known about it if you hadn’t!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       I hope you’re able to make it Miranda.

      With an attitude like yours, you will go far. Keep it up.

  • http://talesofwork.com/ kimanzi constable

    Along with helping people find work that they’re pasionate about, I have dreamed of doing public speaking! Great info Michael in this post.

  • http://www.lincolnparks.com Lincoln Parks

    Becoming a better speaker would absolutely sky rocket (or so I want to believe) my business. My goals series I am doing via my blog is all about becoming a professional Author, Speaker and Blogger and this would be the first step. This is a must for me to attend if I want to take my career to that next level.

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Well said, Lincoln!

  • http://www.ProfitZoneCoaching.com/ David Robertson

    Speaking would not only be a HUGE change in my own life, but speaking has the ability to change anyone’s business! Any time an owner or service provider can clearly communicate to a crowd of potential clients, he/she has the ability to  educate people and motivate them to take an action to make their life better all while building a reputation of expertise. Being a excellent speaker is one simple way to speed up the marketing process of a business & get new business almost instantly.
    That being said Michael, after reading your post you’ve motivated me to take action. For this year, SCORRE is a bit of a big first step, but I just located a local Toast Master group & will be visiting it next week to get started.  Next Year I’ll be at SCORRE, but I’m going to get the basic basics at Toast Masters. Thanks for the motivation.

  • http://www.charlesspecht.com/ Charles Specht

    Public speaking is scary and difficult…but also a tremendous blessing to those who hear you…so long as you do it well.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       You’re right Charles. And that is why conferences like this are so valuable. They help you to speak well.

  • http://www.15minutewriter.com Sharon Gibson

    This sounds very interesting and very good. I’m glad you are offering it. The setting looks wonderful too. I am thinking and praying about this but I have a question. If you’ve done quite a bit of speaking, would this still be of value? I also majored in Speech Communications and so I know the basics of how to construct a good speech. I know it’s a good idea to always be improving your craft but I wanted to know how basic the material is.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      As I mentioned in the post, I have given over one thousand speeches, and I still found it hugely valuable. I think this training is second-to-none. Plus, there’s a money-back guarantee. Thanks.

  • http://www.marydemuth.com Mary DeMuth

    I love to improve my speaking, and this looks perfect. Jesus, I trust You to provide the way. :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Lord, please provide for Mary, so she can come.

      • http://www.marydemuth.com Mary DeMuth

        Thank you, Mike!

  • http://rise365.com Claudia Good

    Michael,
    Thanks for this.
    We (my husband and I) would love to be able to monazite our site http://rise365.com/ and good communication is key to reaching our goal.

  • http://cherionethingivelearned.blogspot.com/ Cheri Gregory

    Thrilled to see Colorado (a tad closer to California than Georgia!) as a possible fall location — looking forward to seeing dates! 

  • http://cherionethingivelearned.blogspot.com/ Cheri Gregory

    I expect that attending SCORRE will teach me how to so fully prepare my message that I can relax in readiness and enjoy being 100% engaged with my audience. 

  • Jason

    Where can we find out more abt their approach?

    I’ve searched around the site a bit but couldn’t find anything that gave anything abt what their process looks like. I’m intrigued by the conference/workshop but would like to be able to learn abt what they do w/you.

    Thanks

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      The week together has five components:

      1. Lectures, where you learn the SCORRE framework.
      2. Preparation, where you prepare a different five-minute speech each day. 3. Speaking, where you deliver the speech to your small group (5-8). It is recorded on video. 4. Coaching, where you are coached individually by a certified master coach. 5. Down Time, where you spend time with Ken, me, the coaches, and the other participants.
      Each day except the last has each of these components. You might want to check the schedule to see how it plays out.
      Does that help? Thanks for your interest.

      • http://twitter.com/AnnVoskamp Ann Voskamp

        Thank you, Mr. Hyatt, for posting about SCORRE again.

        The WOF team is offering to their team of speakers a training intensive with Mr. Davis and graciously emailed an invitation earlier this week. I didn’t think I could arrange my scheduling to make it work.

        But when I read your post and the ensuing comments, that confirmed it: Somehow I had to make it happen.

        God works here.

        Gratefully indebted,
        All’s grace,
        Ann

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          Wonderful, Ann. I think you will get so much out of it. Also, love your work!

  • George Wayne

    Actual SCORRE Conference Dates April 30-May 3, not May 1.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      George, it has been corrected.

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    As a minister, having spoken weekly for over 20 years, I know a lot.  And I know that there’s a lot more I don’t know.  I would love to take in a conference like this.  I’m sure it would help me a ton.

    Bucket list…

  • http://twitter.com/chrisfromcanada Chris Vacher

    I am coming to this conference. Excited and terrified all at the same time – I think that means it will be great :)

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Hahaha. YES, it will be great! A little dash of terror just makes the adventure all the more exciting, right? Can’t wait to see you there, Chris.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Awesome, Chris. This will be a milestone in your life. You won’t believe how much you will improve and how much confidence it will give you. I look forward to seeing you there!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/neilstc Neil Breneman

    I attended one of these conferences many years ago in Buena Vista, CO before it was called the SCORRE Conference.  The material is excellent and even to this day I regularly use the skills I learned when I prepare a message to deliver to my congregation.

  • http://www.mattsoderstrum.com/ Matt Soderstrum

    I just signed up for the conference! I am looking forward to it very much! 

    I really desire to hone my speaking skills. I am a little concerned about the actual presentation parts of this workshop. Kind of like preaching with other preachers in the room! No one wants to look stupid! 

    What books/resources would any of you recommend to assist me in becoming a better speaker? 

    Blessings, Matt

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Awesome, Matt. Welcome!

  • Heidi Bylsma

    Hi, Michael. Although I can’t attend the SCORRE conference this year, I have purchased, and am using, Ken Davis’ book, Secrets of Dynamic Communication, to prepare for a women’s retreat where I have been asked to present four messages. Thank you so much for your recommendation of the SCORRE approach. I have been working diligently on these messages for months and I can tell already that by applying the SCORRE principles as presented in Ken’s book to the material, I am heading in a direction of greater clarity and effectiveness. I appreciate the recommendation immeasurably! I guess I will find out at the end of March if the women do too! ;-) ~ Heidi

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      That’s great to hear, Heidi. I will pass it along to Ken. I know he will be pleased. Thanks.

  • WilliamIV

    This is still a powerful conference. Keep putting out products for the faithful.

  • Kesara

    Hello Michael,
    Do I take it you are a religious person? If you are, I’m afraid this correspondence cannot continue. I deeply distrust religious people.
    Nevertheless,

    My Best Wishes,

    Kesara

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      May I ask, “what do you mean by a religious person?” I’ve known very religious people who don’t believe in God and very irreligious people who do. It will help me to answer your question if I know what you mean. Thanks.

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  • http://www.softskillsforhardjobs.com/ Jim Ryan

    I love speaking in public, but I need more practice. What do people think about Toastmasters?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Toastmasters is a great organization. However, I have never been. Some of our students tell us that we do in four days what will take years in Toastmasters.

    • http://twitter.com/RemotePoss Craig Hadden

      I recommend Toastmasters, but it’s not for everyone, and as Michael says it tends to be a slow process because you get practice and feedback, but no professional instruction as such.

      You can watch a professional video that shows how Toastmasters meetings work, and read more of my thoughts as a new member, here: http://remotepossibilities.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/toastmasters-see-what-its-like-right-now-video/

      • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

        I’m a member of Toastmasters and agree. It can help beginners but does not provide professional instructions. It’s a great place for new speakers or people who want to move outside of their comfort zone.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          Thanks for that, Dan. I think that is an important distinction.

          • http://MainStStark.com Jeff ‘SKI’ Kinsey

            Speakers vary… Toastmaster chapters vary. Four day events are great, but lasting change often comes from constant reinforcement. Do check out the nearest Toastmasters and see if it makes sense for you. As mentioned, everyone’s mileage will vary. Morning or lunch clubs tend to be “more business” than evening ones which tend to be more social. Be sure they meet weekly to provide a quick route to your goals. Finally, completing the advanced manuals creates professionals. Many give back to the chapter by mentoring newbies. The Toastmaster model is without peer in my 30+ years of experience [17 as a Toastmaster, 10 as an educator in Computer Science, 5 as a Speaker]. Me? I am an Advanced Toastmaster “Bronze” level.

        • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

          I believe one other distinction is the core purpose and potential applications. SCORRE teaches a process that can be used in writing, emails, meeting agendas, podcasting, blogging, etc. The core of SCORRE deliverable is the process first, delivery second. This is why I believe Toastmasters is a perfect follow-up to SCORRE. You can take the process you learned and then have ample opportunity to practice it in front of a group.

  • http://twitter.com/CrainTroy Troy Crain

    Michael, I am already registered for The SCORRE Conference. I am a pastor and I believe the ability to communicate better will help me to connect to people and then to connect them to God and His Word. I am looking forward to seeing you next month in Florida, but I am especially looking forward to the instruction that I will receive. Thanks for all you do.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Troy. I look forward to meeting you!

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Wonderful! Looking forward to meeting you, Troy!

  • http://kimanziconstable.com/ kimanzi constable

    I have been blessed to start a speaking career with some success. You have personally told me that the conference could help take my speaking career to the next level. I’m looking into it.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Great. I hope you’ll come, Kimanzi.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      I’d love to meet you in person, Kimanzi!

  • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

    Great repost!!! Becoming a better communicator would allow me to move toward my dreams of becoming a professional public speaker. I’m moving in that direction but know the communication skills growth would excel me forward.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Dan, the hands-on approach and encouraging feedback offered at the SCORRE Conference is incredible. Learning and understanding the acronym alone is invaluable since it transfers to every kind of communication (e.g. speech, email, PowerPoint presentation, blog post, book, article…etc.) Here’s an infographic that gives an introductory summary: http://pinterest.com/pin/553520610421125964/

  • http://www.pauljolicoeur.com/ Paul Jolicoeur

    I would love to go the SCORRE conference! I read Ken’s book How to Speak to Youth, and it completely changed how I prepare for talks!

  • http://twitter.com/RemotePoss Craig Hadden

    What would becoming a better communicator make possible? It’s key to virtually everything we do! Even solo efforts like poetry or art don’t mean much unless you can share the results, and the more people you can reach, the better.

    I blog about presentation skills, and although I can handle the writing side quite well, ironically I’m not strong at speaking about my work! Given that I’m overseas, SCORRE doesn’t seem feasible for me, but I did join Toastmasters last year – and particularly enjoy their contests.

    BTW, recently I quoted you (plus author Garr Reynolds and PowerPoint MVP Ellen Finkelstein) when suggesting people shouldn’t put their logo on every slide. As speakers, here’s my idea for a far more memorable and worthy way to promote our brands:
    http://wp.me/p1PHR3-AP

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Your post is excellent. I like your suggestion!

      • http://twitter.com/RemotePoss Craig Hadden

        Thanks Michael! If you or your readers feel like leaving a comment on my blog, I’d be thrilled. You might also enjoy my post called “Stop Q&A Hypnosis!”, which suggests a unique way to handle questions during a talk.

        Readers here might also like this free ½-day online conference about preaching, featuring Nancy Duarte and many other speakers – especially when the 20 remaining SCORRE tickets have sold out: http://therocketcompany.com/preachbettersermons/

  • http://www.facebook.com/tracey.moore.5036 Tracey Moore

    Becoming a better speaker is essential to my business as an author and speaker. I can always improve in that area. I hope to be able to touch people’s lives by disseminating spiritual truths that will help people to function at their best spiritually and personally, and I must be able to speak effectively. The more effective I am, the more the Kingdom of God will be expanded when saints are able to take their place and function in the purpose for which God created them. Praying for God’s help in these areas.
    Thanks for the info.
    Tracey L. Moore
    Author of Oasis for My Soul: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual and Personal Growth

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Tracey, I completely agree with your comment. The learning, participant feedback, hands-on approach and experienced coaching at the SCORRE Conference will take ANY communicator to the next level!

  • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

    I’ve been a journalist and corporate communications director for more than 24 years, and the most recent SCORRE Conference I attended was the single best experience I’ve had at becoming a better speaker and presenter. You won’t be disappointed!