Studies show the the #1 fear of most people (over dying) is Public Speaking.
I spend a lot my professional time presenting either in person or on the phone to clients/propects, & most of what do is either selling a service, or just selling an idea. Lately I’ve taken upon myself to become a better speaker & learn how to lead a conversation, rather than give a presentation.
My personal journey to get better began by watching The Pitch on AMC & reading the book “The Art of the Pitch: Persuasion & Presentation Skills that Win Business” by Peter Coughter – I’ll save my book report for another post, but it inspired me to take it to the next level.
I took a Speech class in college that scorned me more that it helped me. I only recall not trying to upset my professor & lose a letter grade for every “um” or glance of the note cards; It’s difficult to present things you are not passionate about.
My current goal would be to not only win new business, not sweat when I address a room, or communicate better with my clients & internal teams, but more-so to command the room & own the presentation… err… conversation.
I’m sharing a SlideShare from HubSpot, then your next move should be to search for epic presentations from the best in the game. Once I do more homework on YouTube, I’m going to enroll in a local Toastmasters to practice my newly learned techniques. I’d rather bomb in front of strangers than on a big pitch.
Collections of ticket stubs & various other memorable pieces I picked up during my travels through Europe
Bob Hodges: You wanna look at infographics or learn about this job?
Danny McGavin: Not yet.
Bob Hodges: Not yet.