Do Certain People in Your Audience Make You Nervous?

For some of you, the biggest fear in public speaking doesn't really stem from being in front of a live audience, whether on stage or on camera. It is from having certain people in that audience who make you feel very nervous. It could be your peers, it could be your competitors, or it could be some influencers that you really respect. So what do you do in order to not completely freeze and to not let those people in the audience intimidate you?

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And for me, I experienced this a few years ago, when I just started performing in science shows. As some of you know, I own a science company in Houston, Nutty Scientists of Houston, and we're all about inspiring kids to fall in love with science. My instructors are constantly doing science shows and after-school programs and all kinds of science workshops and classes. Well, when we just started, I wanted to do science shows myself because I...

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How to Respond to a Compliment

Think about when someone comes up to you and tells you what a great job you did, or another person compliments you on the beautiful dress you’re wearing. Maybe someone else tells you how smart you are. Accepting a compliment is pretty hard if you're like most people, right? We often feel uncomfortable about being complimented. It's also sort of ingrained in us that we should be humble and we shouldn't brag. So how do you respond to a compliment?

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I used to know a girl who could not take a compliment at all. Any time you complimented her on anything she would immediately say, “Oh no, it's not true, I'm not like that. Oh no, I'm not pretty. Oh no, I'm not smart. Oh no, this dress is old, I've had it for 20 years.” People are trying to be nice to you. They try to compliment you on something, and yet you respond in a way that insults them. This is definitely not the best way...

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How to Use Your One-on-one Conversation Skills in Public Speaking

For a lot of people, fear of public speaking stems from the fact that you’re standing on a stage in front of a lot of people. My students often tell me, “Well I'm great one-on-one. It's just when you have more than one person. When you have 10 people. When you have 100 people. When you have 1000 people, that's when I am afraid, but I'm not afraid one-on-one.” Well today's video is all about how you can take your one-on-one experience and transpose it to public speaking.

 

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

Let’s start by focusing on how we speak one-on-one. You look at one person, you are only talking to that one person, and all of your energy is geared towards that one person. And you're not just talking, you are also getting feedback from this one-on-one conversation. Even if you're the one doing most of the talking and the other person is mainly listening, you are still reading feedback from...

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Perfection vs. Authenticity: Which One to Choose in Public Speaking?

Nobody's perfect, right? I think we can all agree with that, but so many people feel that they have to appear perfect when they're on stage or on camera. Particularly now, when we're surrounded by videos of these perfect influencers who speak perfectly, look perfect and dress perfectly. It is just so stressful for the rest of us to try and match that perfection. But how important is it to actually be perfect in public speaking? How important is being perfect when you are speaking to your audience on stage or on camera?

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Today, let’s talk about perfection. As Mary Poppins famously sang in the musical on Broadway, “I am practically perfect.” Well, for the rest of us, can we be practically perfect, and how important is it to be practically perfect in public speaking? We've all seen those people who create a front of being extremely perfect on stage or on video. They carry...

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How to Ace a Networking Event as an Introverted Entrepreneur

Like so many of you, I am an introverted entrepreneur, which means I have to go to a lot of networking events. And what is the worst nightmare for an introvert? That's right! A networking event. There is absolutely nothing worse than going into a roomful of strangers where you have to mingle, meet people, and talk to everybody. Absolutely horrifying right? But since I’ve been an entrepreneur for almost 20 years, I have been to my fair share of networking events. And over the years, I have created sort of a framework for myself, as an introvert, to go to a networking event and avoid completely draining myself, to meet people and leave a really good impression, and to build long-lasting connections.

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Here are my seven steps to ace any networking event as an introvert and build lasting connections and clients.

#1: Set an intention.

Before you even walk out of the house, you need to set...

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Two Important Public Speaking Lessons You Can Learn from Elvis Presley

A few months ago, I drove through Memphis. Anytime I'm in Memphis, I have to go and visit Graceland. I have a little bit of a crush on Elvis, I have to admit. As I'm going through the Graceland museum, all of a sudden, I see a quote on the wall.

"I've never gotten over what they call stage-fright. I go through it every show." -Elvis

Elvis, the Elvis, the King of Rock 'n' Roll, the one who has commanded huge crowds, the one who could make any audience fall in love with him, had stage-fright. How did Elvis manage to overcome this fear of public speaking, go onstage, and be amazing?

 

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Sam Philips, the man who founded Sun Records and Sun Studios in Memphis, and who was the first to record Elvis, said this about him, "Elvis is one of the most introverted people to come into the studio." Did you know that Elvis was an introvert? It may come as a surprise to some because a lot of people...

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