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

Let's assume your delivery technique is already stellar. What more could you do? By professional speaker Douglas Kruger

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.

As aspiring industry experts, our task is to continually raise the level of perception surrounding our personal brands. Challenge your enablers...

In some areas of life, we get used to a certain predictable standard. The formulaic approach becomes 'good enough.' Then along comes a maverick... Professional Speaker Douglas Kruger explores how experts lift the game to a new level.

A formula is a useful thing. Primarily, however, it is useful insofar as it shows us how to go further. If we can transcend the accepted formula, we are creating art. Professional speaker and author Douglas Kruger explores how.

Are you the 'kind of person' who changes everything to suit yourself? Here's why you should be...

The IDF is one of the most agile, and effective, military forces on earth. And its capacity to break its own rules is extraordinary.

Where nations ease the burden or rules, their industrious people become wealthier

As a professional speaker, do you serve management, or your audience? Lessons from a 15-year veteran.

On the surface, Ben Shapiro and Milo Yiannopoulos look like two very similar thought-leaders...

There are fast and slow ways of doing the same thing. There are ways of achieving targets that require immense, sustained effort, and ways that are get the job done almost instantly.

Can you be safe AND agile? Can debate produce greater safety than rules?

This new breed of innovative organisations is finding strategic ways to break rules and bypass expected norms, and the results are often staggering. How could you emulate them?

Rules make everything easy to understand. For that reason, leaders love them. But a blind adherence to rules can create its own problems, stifling innovation.

What if, by measuring the wrong thing, managers miss innovation opportunities?

In order to make communication – any kind of communication – genuinely riveting, simply organise the information into a mystery. It can be done with something as traditionally dusty as a university lecture, and George R.R. Martin certainly did it in a medieval fantasy about warring kingdoms.

Sometimes, invention is the product of rule-breaking. Two tips for increasing your innovation culture, by business author and professional speaker Douglas Kruger.

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