Over the years, I have had the opportunity to mentor many speakers with their careers. The first “rule” I always try to ingrain is: whenever someone suggests to you to “always” or to “never” do something, be sure to approach with caution. Just because something always or never worked for someone else, doesn’t mean that you will have the same result. You are unique person and may need a unique approach. Ask others for advice, but figure out what works for you.