Clients want to know that you know your stuff, and that you know it better than anyone else. Is that what you currently portray? If not, you may be disqualifying yourself as an expert.

This is not the end for you. Not by a long shot. A good flat line generally happens several times in any professional life, even in the lives of those who end up as lasting luminaries in their field.

'Hall of Fame' professional speaker and business author Douglas Kruger condenses the most important lessons he's learned about effective public speaking into just 5 tips. Douglas is a veteran of 15 years as a professional speaker, and has won the Toastmasters Southern African Championships for Public Speaking a record 5 times. See him in action, or sign at Sign up for his daily motivational video at

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Business author and professional speaker Douglas Kruger explores the amateur mistake of benchmarking against local operating standards. Become an industry expert - study the best in the world.

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