SUCCESS IS NOT ASSURED, BUT THERE IS ONE SKILL THAT HAS THE POWER TO HOLD YOU BACK.
As you move forward in life, in your career, the ability to communicate effectively and motivate others into action will make the difference between failure and success.
You can be the best entrepreneur, freelancer consultant, or corporate hustler. You can have the best idea, product or service, but if you don't know how to sell yourself, you will not move forward!
You can be the best mathematician, the best student, the best employee, but if you can't communicate to others effectively, your career will be limited by your skill.
Perhaps you feel that since you have been able to make it this far without mastering your presentation skills, you will be "ok." But I can assure you that with great presentation skills come great opportunities.
When you get on the stage and nail your presentation, people look up to you. The see you in a different way. Suddenly you attract new opportunities, and your network grows very fast.
I'm not saying your life will automatically shift if you work on your skills but, for sure it will improve one presentation at the time.
Great presentation skills have the power to boost your self-confidence, your self-awareness, your emotional intelligence, your career and other key personal skills.
About This Awesome Course.
I was so stressed and anxious that I almost blacked out. The last thing I remember was the sound going away and all I could hear as I tried to talk, was my heart beating faster and faster.
Almost 5 years have passed already since the day I delivered the worst presentation of my life. Little that I knew was that my life was about to change forever.
You see, that day I promised myself that I would never go through something like that again. Which is why since November 2011, I've been taking every opportunity I've had to talk in public.
I've come a long way and nowadays I travel the world delivering presentations, moderating events and training people on how to follow their heart.
This is why I've created Communicate! To support people like you who are either struggling with public speaking or would like to improve their delivery.
What You Will Gain From This Course
Based on my personal experience on the stage, research, and training, COMMUNICATE! focuses on the most essentials elements you need to bring your presentation skills to the next level.
By the end of this course, you will know:
> How to overcome the fears of facing the stage.
> How to craft a message that is engaging and brings value.
> How to connect with your audience.
> How to master your delivery so you can inspire others into action.
All this in just 3 days, for less than 10 minutes a day.
The course will be constantly improved and expanded, which will make its price go up. Take advantage of the low pricing and enroll now
Welcome To COMMUNICATE! The Crash Course on Public Speaking.
Been able to connect with others by expressing your ideas in a way that motivates and inspires, is crucial for getting ahead both in business and in life.
It's really awesome to see you here, taking an active roll on your personal growth.
I have designed this crash course based on my personal experience as I struggle to develop my public speaking skills, together with all the feedback I've received from the many trainings I've done on the subject.
Divided into 3 key lessons, for the next 3 days you will receive an email notifying you when the next lesson has become available.
Each lesson will provide you with a combination of videos, downloadable guides, assignments and even quizes. All designed to bring you the most engaging and effective learning possible.
HOW TO MAKE THE MOST
BE PRESENT! As you get ready to move forward, I want to encourage you to take notes, set yourself in a comfortable space and let yourself get into the lectures.
Also, take part in the comment section, engage with other students and share your thoughts in the comment sections throughout the course.
I have specially broken down the content to make sure you are not overwhelmed with the material, allowing you to take exactly what you need everyday, let the material sink in and continue the next day.
And more importantly, if you have any questions, feedback, want to support Skills of Life, please feel free to just send me a message ;)
All the best and happy learning!
Before we start with today's lesson, I want to make sure that your expectations are aligned with what the course will provide you with.
Day 1: A Different Way To See Public Speaking.
More than 4 years ago I made a decision that completely changed my life. I was asked to deliver a presentation at university. For 2 days I was going crazy as the time go closer and closer.
I finally found myself standing in front of the audience and I did sooooooo bad that I almost passed out right there on the spot.
That day, I realized that I sucked so much at public speaking that I decided never to put myself through that situation again in my life. So since that November day in 2011, I've been taking every opportunity to talk in public.
I've come a long way since. To the point where I actually discovered a huge passion for public speaking! I really never imagined I would make a living talking in front of people.
A HUGE DISCOVERY
As I developed my skills, I understood that talking in public is nothing more than just a tool.
A critical tool that allows you to communicate your ideas, to motivate and inspire others, and more importantly, to make the impact you want to have in the world!
I understood that as long as you continue to run away from the stage, you will give away your chances to succeed to those around you who are willing to talk in front of others.
An I say "who are willing" because they don't need to be the best speakers. Since virtually everybody is afraid of speaking in public, they just need to be a bit better than others.
Day 1 is all about the fundamentals. That means today we'll work on the way we see public speaking and more importantly, the mindset we must have to communicate effectively in our presentations.
By the end of today's lesson, you will have everything you need to:
Mindset is key to everything you do in life. The moment you truly commit to growing yourself, there is nobody who can stop you.
Get comfortable with the delivering presentations and soon people will be asking you to do the talking for them...
Enjoy and happy learning!
Learning Point #1 - You Are Not Been Judged.
You know how it goes. We get on the stage, look at everybody, feel the pressure and automatically start to put thoughts in people's minds.
Actually, most of the time we don't even get that far. We just stop ourselves before even having the chance to talk in public.
What are they going to say? I probably look stupid? I don't really know the topic, who am I to explain it? They for sure know more than me? Why would they listen if I'm not a famous person? Etc. Etc. Etc.
People say "we judge other people by the things we do" but, when it comes to talking in public, our self-confidence can vanish and leave us standing like a dear on the road.
Go back to the last time you saw somebody present. Whether at work, university, sport event, TEDx, whatever, just remember yourself sitting there listening to the speaker.
As she began to speak, what went through your mind.
The reality is that unless you where busy distracted with something else, it was probably nothing.
For the first 20 seconds, your mind is blank. You give yourself into the presentation. You want to be engaged, entertained and informed. You are present.
After the first 20 seconds, if the speaker didn't manage to hook you with her message, you will doze of to something else, where you'll wait for her to be over.
Nobody in the audience is there hoping for you to fall, to forget your presentation, or for the laptop to crash. On the contrary, they want you to succeed!
If you are going to improve your presentation skills, you will need to understand that nobody in the audience is judging you but, rather supporting you. They want you to be great, they want you to engage them, to entertain them and inform them.
Just check how you feel next time you see somebody deliver a presentation. The chances are, they feel the same way when you have to deliver your presentation.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE
I've notice that those small few that criticize a speaker, either have no clue about how to deliver an engaging presentation or are so afraid of the stage that they try to bring others down so they can feel strong.
Let's read them! Please go ahead and share in the comment section below your thoughts and experiences about this point and how do you normally deal with it.
Learning Point #2 - Learning From Others
As you start to get into growing your presentation skills, a great way to learn is by observing others. By watching how the pros deliver their performance you will accelerate your growth.
Here is my 7 level learning from others technique.
Level 1: Feeling. How do you feel towards this person? Does this matter?
Level 2: Seeing. Body Language. How do they use their hands? What kind of gestures do they do? How about their feet?
Level 3: Hearing. Voice. How do they use their voice? Look for pauses, changes in volume, speed and intonation. How about facial expressions and eye contact? Is the person smiling?
Level 4: Content. Look into the content, when do you feel engage? How did they do it? What are they talking about? When do you get bored? How did they lose you? What kind of words to they use? How do they describe situations or people? How is the structure of the message? Why do you think they said what they did?
Level 5: Place. What is the setting? Are they in a small meeting room behind a podium? Or in the middle of a huge concert venue?
Level 6: Visual Aids. Are they using a presentation? What is the design of the slides? Is it easy to follow? Do they use flipcharts? Videos? Nothing?
Level 7: Extras. Do they have other people come on the stage to co-deliver the presentation? How about an active demo? Do they give they audience stuff to see, touch?
As you develop your observation skills, you should move from level 1 to level 5.
WHERE TO LOOK FOR
If you can't find people to learn from, just go to youtube and write "Obama," "TEDx," "Standup Comedy," and "99U," among many others.
If you do happen to see people deliver presentations, just approach them afterwards and ask them about key things you should do to deliver such an engaging presentation or how to become such a passionate communicator.
They will appreciate it and you will get tons of info.
Let's read them! Please go ahead and share in the comment section below your thoughts and experiences about this point and how do you normally deal with it
Learning Point #3 - Stop Avoiding Opportunities to Grow
Each time you have the opportunity to speak in public and you don't take it, you are throwing away the chance to improve yourself, the chance to grow, to learn, to meet new people, and get closer to your goals.
To improve in any skill, you need to actively go after it. It will not happen by osmosis, researching within your comfort zone. You need to get out there in front of people and talk.
Next time you think about public speaking, don't be scared of it; instead, be excited about it. You are pushing yourself to become better in your business and life and that's something to look forward to.
If at a certain point you find asking yourself, "why did I get in this situation?" Then, that means you are on a good track to developing your skills as a speaker. You are being challenged, and with that, growth comes.
Next time you are faced with the opportunity to speak in public, just go for it. 99% of the people tell me the same thing after they have shared in public, "that wasn't that hard." Don't think about it, just go for it, anxiety starts to go away the moment you start talking.
Please go ahead and share in the comment section below your thoughts and experiences about this point and how do you normally deal with it
Day 1 - The Speaker's Mindset. Lesson Wrap Up.
Today we covered the 3 most fundamental points that will allow you to grow your public speaking skills.
Congratulations! You are almost finished with Day 1.
Tomorrow is all about learning how to craft a message that connects with your audience, it's relevant and engaging, and achieves its goal!
Make sure to download your copy of the output for today's lesson "The Speaker's Mindset,"
What I would like you to do now, please share in the comment section below how did you see public speaking before? What kind of thoughts went through your mind whenever you had to deliver a presentation. Did you try to avoid doing it or did you embrace it.
Day 2: Crafting An Engaging Presentation
Communication is all about sharing stories. And public speaking is the pinnacle of storytelling.
If you want to engage, entertain or inform, you must tell a story, and tell it well.
This is why Today's lesson is all about giving you the framework you need to craft a message that resonates with your audience and moves them into action.
TODAY YOU WILL LEARN
With this simple to follow framework you will make sure your presentations are easy to follow and get the message across.
Enjoy and happy learning!
Learning Point #1: It's not about you!
It's all about them.
BE HUMBLE. Nobody is better than others. If you are on the stage is because it was your turn this time.
You don't need to brag about your achievements, let your talk build curiosity about what you have achieve. Let them be the ones that ask you about it.
Make your audience want to know about you. If you start by saying all the things you have achieve, not only, you create disconnection, you also seem like you lack confidence.
HOW DOES THIS WORK?
When you craft your message, think about what your audience needs to hear and not what they should know about you.
This way you look to provide value. A good way to frame this concept is by putting yourself within your audience and ask the question, what is in it for me?
This was a common practice done by Steve Jobs when prepare his presentations and you can learn more about it by reading "The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs" by Carmine Gallo.
Make sure to take notes during the next learning point because it builds directly on top of this one.
Please go ahead and share below a presentation in which you were in the audience and the speaker just talked about himself trying to build value. How did it make you feel?
How do you think it would have been if he/she would have follow this concept?
Learning Point #2 - Starting By The End
"The speaker that starts by not knowing where he is going, normally gets there..."
Figuring out what is the ultimate goal of your presentation will make all the difference between creating an engaging presentation that drives people into action and delivering just an engaging presentation.
Just ask the following questions.
By having a clear destination, it doesn't matter if you forget to say something or if there is a problem with the presentation, you will know where to take the audience.
Now it's time to figure out where they are.
Please share in the comment section below how understanding the ultimate purpose of your talk could have helped you deliver a better presentation in the past.
Learning Point #3 - Creating the Bridge
Your goal as a speaker is to create a bridge with your talk that takes your audience from where they are and brings them to where they should be.
Now that you know to figure out the purpose of your talk, it's time to figure out where your audience is.
You do this by learning as much as possible about your audience.
Here is a how you find it.
Once you have figured out where to take the audience and where they are, you are ready to start building your message.
The first thing you should to is create an outline of your session. Through backwards planning, identify what are the things they need to know in order for your message to come across successfully.
As you write create the structure, make sure you don't write your whole presentation down, instead put the main goal of each point of your outline.
By writing it down and trying to memorize it, can create problems the moment you mix up words. By understanding the goal of each point, you will always be able to take the audience to where they need to be.
How do you normally craft you presentations. Are you full of tiny notes? Does this framework makes it easy for you to craft your message? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Day 2 - Crafting An Engaging Message. Lesson Wrap Up
Today we went over the key framework that allows you to create a strong presentation regardless of the topic, plus some great added bonus tips.
Congratulations! You are almost finished with Day 2.
Tomorrow you will learn everything you need to know to rock your delivery on the stage!
Make sure to download your copy of today's output below.
What do you normally struggle with when creating the content for your presentation? How can today's lesson make it easier for you next time you need to put together a talk?
Lesson #3: The Tips You Need To Rock The Stage
Body language is relevant to public speaking, not because you need to fake it, but because it needs to be as natural as possible.
Today you will focus on how to make sure your delivery rocks the stage and that means Body Language!
Body Language is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as the movements or positions of the body that express a person's thoughts or feelings. In other words, is everything else you say without words.
Therefore, studies calculate that almost 90% of what you say is expressed by non-verbal communication. No wonder, we have a whole day dedicated to working on your delivery.
I will not tell you how to move, when to walk, when to raise your hands and so on.
What I will do is break down the theory for you to become aware of what you are communicating through your body language.
This way you can coach yourself to use body language to support the delivery of your message.
The best talks are those that are delivered naturally.
You will cover the most relevant elements of body language; as well as, key basics of audience management and room setting.
Today will be a great day, soon you will have everything you need to rock the stage!
What is your experience with body language? What do you know about it? Please share it in the comment section below.
Learning Point #1: Making The Most of Your Voice
Your voice is one of the most important tools you have to communicate the different characters, emotions, situations, and everything else in your story.
Take control of your voice and start delivering an engaging experience.
There are 4 ways you can use your voice.
As you can see, there is plenty you can do with your voice. As you learn from others, pay attention to how they use their voice to communicate the different elements of their story.
Don't be afraid to experiment, play around with your voice. Just hear yourself and your friends next time you are having a conversation. Soon you will see you do it all the time, then why not when you are on the stage?
Please keep in mind that different cultures may have a monotone way of speaking compare to others. Always be aware of yourself and of the audience.
Play with your voice or your audience will zone out.
Do you have experience with monotone presentations? How do you like to play with your voice? Make sure to let us know on the comment section below!
Learning Point #2: Using Your Hands To Your Advantage
Combined with your voice, your hands help you represent and reinforce what you want to say so don't be afraid to use them.
Keep it simple, just make sure to:
It's completely ok to let your hands rest next to your pockets. Don't feel you must bring your hands to waste level because you are delivering a presentation.
Next time you are talking with friends, check how you use your hands. Do you hold them by your belly like in a presentation? I hardly think so. Remember the goal is to be as natural as possible.
For more info, you can always read Allan Pease's book, "The Definitive Book of Body Language."
How do you normally use your hand when you are presenting? Are you even aware of them? Please let us know by sharing in the comments below.
Learning Point #3: Controlling Your Feet
Many times when we are presenting, we tend to release our anxiety through our feet. Most often people try to control their facial expressions, voice and hands, and forget about their feet completely.
Next thing that you know, you find yourself either rocking back and forth, balancing your hips from one side to the other, or doing the crazy shaky leg.
It's ok to move around the stage, actually I encourage you to do so!
I like to walk to one side, pause for a while, deliver a message and then go to the other side and do the same. Sometimes I even walk down the center aisle to make sure I can reach those seating further in the back.
What you need to watch out for are repetitive and shaky movements because they will take all the attention away from you.
What kind of movements do you normally do when you are presenting that may be distracting your audience? Please go ahead and share it the comment section below.
Learning Point #4: Getting To Know Your Audience.
One of the things great speakers do is to create rapport. Connecting with your audience is super important if you are going to make them feel comfortable.
A great way to do so is by getting to know 2 or 3 people in the audience by name. As I deliver my presentation I make sure to call them them out by name.
This is a great way to bring yourself closer to the audience by showing that you are approachable; as well as, making you look better prepared.
People don't normally expect other's to remember their names that fast, and even less from the presenter.
The more connect the people feel with you, the bigger the impact you will be able to drive through your message.
Also, by having a couple of people you know within the audience will make you feel more comfortable and confidence, pushing yourself to deliver a better performance.
PS: In the next session I share with you my guide on how to remember names fast. People are always amazed when I call them by their names, do so and you will provide a better experience.
Have you ever been in a presentation where the speaker call your name or somebody else's name from the audience members. How did make you feel? Please share your thoughts below.
Learning Point #5: Small Things That Matter Big.
There a couple of small things that have a huge impact on your presentation. The problem is that many of them, unless somebody gives you feedback on them, you may not ever realize them.
This is why I have covered this learning point here. I want to make sure you get the most relevant points from this Crash Course.
Keep this 3 points under control and you will be on a very good position to deliver an engaging presentation that achieves its goal.
Have you seen distracting cluttered desktops and stages? How often did you find yourself looking somewhere else? Make sure to share your comments below.
Day 3 - Rocking The Stage. Lesson Wrap Up
Today you learn everything you need to take your presentation skills to the next level. From body language theory to very experienced tips.
Congratulations! If you are really reading this, that was a lot of information we covered today.
Make sure to download your copy of today's output below.
What is something you learn today you feel it will make a big difference in your presentations? I'm curious, please make sure to share it in the comment section below.
Extra Tips That Will Get You Further
Letting yourself go is crucial to delivering the ultimate presentation.
The moment you start seeing public speaking as a performance you begin a transformational process.
It's in that moment when you start to put aside your inhibitions (that doesn't mean you don't feel anxious) and begin to see it as a tool to help the audience get to where they need to be.
You are just a servant of your audience. You become part of that bridge, taken them through a changing experience.
That's what Carmine Gallo says in his book "Talk Like TED," Public speaking is a performance. You sort of create an alter ego, developing a character who steps up to deliver the experience people came to see.
As somebody to tell you about something they love doing and ask them why they love so much.
Their smile grows, their eyes pop out, the voice goes up and down, fast and slow, the gestures get bigger and wider.
It makes it easy to see why they love it. It sucks you in. It makes you want to listen.
Next time you are on the stage, open up. Share that passion, let them see that thing that you care about so much and why they should too.
Don't be afraid to open up and be vulnerable. They will thank you for it.
How do you see public speaking? Are you familiar with the idea of seeing it as a performance? I would love to hear your comments on this, please share them below.
COMMUNICATE! Course Wrap Up.
I can't believe you are actually here. You have come a long way in your journey towards improvement.
We started by focusing on the speaker's mindset.
Followed by the structure you need to create your engaging message.
And finally, worked on your body language skills to make sure you rock the stage when delivering your message.
What did you like the most from the course? How can it be improved? And, how do you plan to continue growing your public speaking skills? Please make sure to share your thoughts and comments with us below.
For the last 5 years, I've been from Iran, to Norway, To Spain and Israel, moderating startup competitions and delivering leadership development workshops. Through my journey, I understood that as long as you don't develop your public speaking skills, you will give to others your chances to succeed. Today, Communication has become a passion of mine, which is why I'm on a mission to helping others master it.