Episode 128: Becoming a Keynote Speaker

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Today I begin my first ever speaking tour, and I couldn’t be happier.  Most people ask me how I’ve become such a great speaker and how I get the courage to speak in front of a large crowd.  Most people tell me they could never do what I do.  I always tell them that they are wrong.  Anyone can become a great speaker, just like I have.  I actually had more troubles speaking them most people would think.  When I was younger I had a speech impediment.  I had a lisp, which meant I couldn’t pronounce my s’s correctly and some words were hard for me to annunciate.  I hated it, because everyone would make fun of me.  I remember getting picked on in school because I couldn’t speak right.  There would be times I would come home crying because it affected my life so much.   It’s a part of my life that I will never forget.

My speech impediment was a physical disability I had at a young age and I probably didn’t lose my lisp until 12 years old.  Most people that see me speak today would never know I use to have this problem.  Now people tell me how they wish they could speak like me on stages, and I tell them that if they really wanted to they could.

I knew at a young age I wanted to be a great salesmen and that I would do something big one day.  I also knew that in order to do that I would have to be a great speaker.  This motivated me to get better and make my weakness my strength.  Everyday I would practice speaking in front of a mirror and make sure my words were annunciated correctly.  I would listen to myself and practice saying words that were difficult for me.  Over time I continued to get better and eventually I confidently would speak in front of my class.

As I progressed I continued to push myself by speaking in front of larger crowds and do things that scared me.  I always say that if you aren’t scaring yourself then you aren’t growing and getting better.  During my early years of pitching Arctic Stick I would practice pitching in various competitions and eventually in front of the camera.  This led me to creating my own videos and going on TV.  The more things I did the better I would get at speaking and the more tolerance I built up for speaking in front of crowds.  This eventually led to me starting a podcast show where I speak every single week.

Now as I look back on my past and begin to start my speaking tour across the country, it amazes me how far I have come.  I was able to overcome my speech impediment, and I turned my weakness into my strength.  How did I do it?  I wanted to be great at something so I set my mind to it and didn’t let any disabilities effect where I wanted to go.  That’s why I always tell people anything is possible and you can achieve anything if you want it bad enough.

If you want to become a great public speaker, here are some of the things I did along the way that made me better.

  • Speak in front of groups on a regular basis
  • If you have an opportunity to speak, and it scares you, then do it! What’s the worst that can happy? Even if you do mess up, it probably won’t be noticed.
  • Go on TV! When you go on TV it’s usually just you and the news anchor but the beauty of it is that thousands of people are watching. I once had 250,000 people watching me at once.  This gives you more confidence and prepares you to speak to any crowd.
  • Start a podcast show. Podcasting allows you to find your true voice and helps you structure your stories.  The best public speakers tell great stories.  Stories are what people remember.
  • Speak about what you enjoy talking about. When you love what you are talking about and it’s personal to you, it shows in your presentation.  People will feel the energy that comes out of you.

When speaking to an audience they may not remember everything that you said, but they will remember how you made them feel.  Sometimes the best things to tell in your speech are the hard things for you to talk about.  These are the things that grab the audience’s attention.

They say that besides death, some of people’s biggest fears are public speaking.  I say to you, if you can conquer the fear of public speaking then you can conquer anything!  You too can become a keynote speaker.

As I travel the country I hope you are able to attend one of my upcoming keynotes.  Below is a list of some upcoming events I will be at.  I hope to see you there!

May 11th  – 4 hour live Masterclass with Gregg Rollett in Orlando, FL
http://ambitious.com/crowdfunding

May 16-18 – ZOIQ with Kevin Harrington, Forbes Riley, and Lori Taylor in Los Angeles, CA
https://zoiq.com/multimediamastery.php

May 20-22 – Millennial Entrepreneurs Network in Los Angeles, CA

May 20-22 – Millennial Entrepreneurs Network in Los Angeles, CA
www.millennialentrepreneurnetwork.com

June 16-17 Put a Shark in Your Tank with Kevin Harrington in Tampa, FL
www.putasharkinyourtank.com

By |2017-03-25T11:54:38+00:00May 10th, 2016|BTA Blog, Podcasts & Posts, Uncategorized|

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