Six Psychological Secrets to Public Speaking

This is a guest post by Bryan Kelly. He lives in Chicago and interviews experts like Michael Hyatt, Chris Brogan, and Jeff Goins about presentation skills. You can watch his web show and follow him on Twitter.

Regardless of your skill level, every platform builder can benefit from the six scientifically researched insights I’m about to share. I know my very good friend, Alisa, put these to great use.

Six Psychological Secrets to Public Speaking

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Alisa is a vibrant, charming, whip-smart professional. However, when she’d stand in front of a group to share her brilliance, she would lock up and deliver a wooden presentation. It was extremely difficult to watch.

#062: Dealing with High Maintenance Clients [Podcast]

If you have ever been in a service-oriented business, you have, I am sure, dealt with the “high maintenance client.” This is someone who not only has unreasonable expectations of you, but, very often, they are not happy with the work you do no matter how well it is done.

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I have learned that these are clients that you simply cannot afford to have, no matter how great the opportunity appears to be.

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Strive for excellence, not perfection.

H. Jackson Brown Jr.

You Get What You Expect

In life we often get what we expect. If we expect something good, it has a way of showing up. If we expect something bad, it too has a way of showing up.

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It reminds me of a story I heard about a wise clerk who worked at a convenience store in a small town out west.

How I Became a More Confident Public Speaker

I was invited to speak at Training Minds Camp in San Diego last week by Chris Jeub, father of sixteen children (seriously). The real story with Chris is his wife, Wendy, who used to be totally afraid of public speaking. Chris brought Wendy to The SCORRE Conference in 2012, and it has transformed her life. She has a powerful platform, and this is a guest post of how SCORRE helped her. You can follow Wendy and her husband, Chris, on their website.

Following Michael Hyatt’s lead, I guess you can say I have a significant platform. I’m mother of sixteen children. There’s “wow” for you. Needless to say, I get asked to speak for all sorts of occasions—women’s groups, conventions, and churches. I have a unique message on “Love in the House” that I enjoy sharing.

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My problem is this: I hate public speaking. I love the message, but the actual public speaking part makes me sick. My knees lock up, I can’t keep my notes organized, my voice shakes and I sound like I’m about to cry—because I am! Not a good combination for an audience who just wants to hear what a mom of sixteen has to say.

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.

Mark Twain

#061: How To Coach Your Boss [Podcast]

There seems to be no end to the wealth of material written on coaching employees. However, very little has been written on the subject of coaching your boss.


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While many employees probably dream of this, precious few act on it for fear of being fired. But what if you there was a way to approach this without jeopardizing your job?

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Listen to what Steve Jobs has to say on the importance of passion in order to be successful, and why if you don’t have it, you may as well give up.

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