Have you have ever felt nervous before a speech, big presentation or client meeting? You probably felt it was a personal shortcoming or flaw – that you could have done better if only you were born with the elusive “public speaking” gene.
I get it.
But public speaking doesn't have to be a fate worse than death (nor does it have to give you hives, as often used to happen to me). That's why I set out to find what the top experts in storytelling, body language and behavior change had to say on the subject.
Earlier this year I recorded 25 interviews with experts and thought-leaders for a virtual conference on how to Speak Like a Pro. It was an honor to connect with some of the authors and speakers I most admire; we talked about how to engage audiences, practice effectively, and connect with an audience of any size—and had a rollicking good time while doing it!
No matter who I was talking to, three themes reigned supreme:
- EVERYONE feels nervous before a big speech (even my speaking idols!) and they now see it as a good thing, a sign that they're on their A-game
- Disciplined, smart practice is paramount. Everyone I spoke with had specific rituals that they implement to ensure that 90% of the work and preparation happens before the big day.
- Authenticity leads to confidence and impact. Whether talking with a pediatric oncology surgeon or a professional wingman, everyone agreed that they way to connect with an audience is by just being yourself, flaws and all.
Now I finally get to share this wisdom with you!
The week of August 25th, the Speak Like A Pro interview series will stream on en*theos. Each day I’ll be featuring five top professionals who have earned their speaking stripes—everyone from actors, to entrepreneurs, to poetry slammers. Each recording is half an hour (starting at the top of the hour) from 3-7pm ET, and will be free to watch for 24 hours (after that you can buy the entire series as a bundle if you'd like).
We’ll go behind-the-scenes to uncover the psychology, strategy, physiology and business-building best practices of public speaking. With success in this day and age contingent on being able to communicate effectively, you won’t want to miss this opportunity. You’ll walk away with practical tips to improve your confidence, delivery and impact to influence audiences of any size.
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