How to Build an Instant Rapport

Today we're going to talk about my 10 time-tested tips for building an instant rapport.

 

If you prefer audio only, you can listen to the full episode on my podcast below or on iTunes.

#1. Arrive on time.

This is like duh, of course you need to arrive on time. But you won't believe how many people do not arrive on time when I ask them to come and meet with me for a sales meeting or when they come for an interview.

#2. Introduce yourself with a firm handshake, eye contact, and a smile.

Nothing makes you more attractive to the other person and nothing makes a better first impression than eye contact, a genuine smile, and a firm handshake.

#3. Smile.

And speaking about smiling, tip number three is to smile. Not any smile, but an authentic, genuine, real smile, like you're happy to be there and you're happy to meet that person. Like this is the best part of your day, to be here meeting with this person or these people. You want to smile as soon as you walk in and shake the other...

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How to Face an Unexpected Problem or a Difficult Situation

In business and in life things happen sometimes, and very often, things happen without any warning. One moment, everything is great and the next moment, you fall down, figuratively or literally. How you handle those falls defines who you are as an entrepreneur and as a human being, and also impacts your business and your life in a very profound way.

So today, I will share with you my three-step system to handle anything that life throws at you gracefully and efficiently.

If you prefer audio only, you can listen to the full episode on my podcast below or on iTunes.

Step Number One: Smile.

I know, it makes absolutely no sense, but please bear with me.

When I was a teenager, I read an article which said that a smile is the antidote to anything bad that life throws at you. And I figured, hey, it doesn't hurt to try. And I tried.

The next time something happened, which was relatively minor, I think I fell down or something, the first thing I did before I even got up was smile. I even...

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What Does It Mean to Be Authentic?

If you’ve followed me for a while, you know I often talk about being authentic. Being authentic on stage, being authentic on video, being yourself. This is what we're going to talk about today.

But what does it really mean to be authentic?

We see us one way. Our friends see us a different way. Our clients see us a third way. While the world around sees us a completely different way based on our social media presence. What does it mean to be truly yourself?

If you prefer audio only, you can listen to the full episode on my podcast below or on iTunes.

One of my favorite speakers and TV personalities is Gary Vaynerchuk. I follow him religiously. I absolutely love his videos and all the content he's putting out there. Gary is definitely a prime example of being himself, of always being authentic, and being true to who he is. He says what he thinks, he always creates content based on what's in his heart and what's on his mind, and he hammers the same messages over and over, not...

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What If I Make a Mistake?

Much of public speaking anxiety comes from being afraid of making a mistake. So what happens when you make a mistake? What should you do?

If you prefer audio only, you can listen to the full episode on my podcast below or on iTunes.

We've all experienced it. You're on stage giving a presentation, everything is going well. You're in the flow, and then it happens. You say something wrong or you do something wrong, and there you are with everyone watching, unsure how to proceed. First of all, let me tell you. If you are afraid of making a mistake, you might just as well accept this very simple fact: Mistakes will happen. Whether you want them to or not, they just will. Something will go wrong. It's not a matter of whether you will make a mistake or not, it's about how you prepare for them and what you do once they happen.

How do you prepare? Simple. Think of all the worst-case scenarios of all the blunders that could happen and write them all down. Having your fears out in the open...

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Public Speaking Tips for Live TV

Today I want to share my experience speaking on live TV with you. A couple of years ago, I got invited to do a short segment on Fox 26 Morning News and if you think live TV is scary, let me tell you yes, it is. It is absolutely terrifying and quite a few things went wrong during the segment. Today, I want to give you a few tips on how to handle live TV.

If you prefer audio only, you can listen to the full episode on my podcast. below or on iTunes.

As some of you know, I own Nutty Scientists of Houston which is all about inspiring kids to fall in love with science so I was invited to Fox 26 Morning News to present some science experiment ideas for parents to do with their kids for Valentine's Day. I arrived at the studio ahead of time because I didn't want to be late and this is when the feelings of being overwhelmed really kicked in. I was surrounded by lights and microphones and people knowing what they're doing and there was so much stuff going on. I realized, oh my gosh, I have...

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Public Speaking Tips for Techies Presenting to Non-techies

Today we're going to talk about something very dear to my heart. Public speaking for techies who are presenting to non-techies. We've all been there, sitting through a boring technical presentation, trying to make some sense of all the technical jargon and detailed flowcharts. I absolutely get it. I am a techie myself. I actually have a Master’s degree in Computer Science, and I spent more than a decade in the IT industry. So, I absolutely understand that struggle. I've presented myself to non-techies many times and I've watched my colleagues presenting to non-techies as well. So today, I'd like to share with you six public speaking tips for techies presenting to non-techies. Now, if you're a non-techie yourself, these tips work for absolutely all presentations, so stay with me.

If you prefer audio only, you can listen to the full episode on my podcast below or on iTunes.

#1: Make it relevant.

This is probably the most important piece of advice I can give you. Most of the...

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