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Public Speaking Myth: FEAR=“False Evidence Appearing Real”

FEARMany of us have heard that the word FEAR is really nothing more than an acronym for “False Evidence Appearing Real.” Many motivational speakers and personal development-types use this definition to remind us that the things we fear the most are usually not worthy of the emotional baggage we tend to attach to them.

I believe this definition of the word FEAR holds merit in the business of day to day living. You have probably been in situations where you create the worst-case scenario in your head and project that scenario as the most probable outcome of the situation. Then you attach the associated emotional baggage to that outcome and let that baggage drive the way you respond to the other things that happen in your life.

When the situation does finally resolve itself, you discover the scenario you created in your mind did not materialize. The outcome was not nearly as bad as you anticipated. Certainly, it was not worthy of the emotional baggage you attached to it. Worse still, you were living your life based on a scenario that never evolved. For that entire time, your life was driven by the emotional baggage that was attached to an outcome based on false evidence that only appeared to be real.

There are situations, however, when fear isn’t based on false evidence that only appears to be real. Worst-case scenarios may be the most… Continue reading

How Do You Master Your Content?

Master-YodaMasterful speakers get to the point where they never need notes or slides to get them through. Anyone can get to this point. All you need to do is go through your content until your content comes through you. Spend less time memorizing your speech and more time mastering your content. When you master your content it will flow out of your mouth like your own name. How do you master your content?

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Profundity in the Mundane?

The Thinker by Rodin

Here’s a challenge…for just one day, pay special attention to the things that happen all around you and find one normal event from which you can draw a lesson. Then turn that event into a story that you can use in a presentation or keynote address. Share a short version of it here so that we can all see how you can find profundity in the seemingly mundane. Are you up for it?

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Does Selling from the Stage Make You Feel “Icky”?

salesmanI know many speakers who struggle with selling from the stage because they say it feels icky to them. I get that! It felt icky to me too for years. But my kids were getting skinny, so I had to learn how to get it done. Here’s the good news…there are ways to sell from the stage from a place of authenticity and create substantial revenues doing it. It starts with belief in yourself and your product, which then carries you through a strategic approach and ends up in an exchange of value. How do you feel about selling from the stage?

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