As the artist and speaker Chris Greenwood I've spoken in over 21 different countries on stages all over the world.
I love the power of the spoken word and the ability it has to motivate someone to make positive change in their life.
I have spoken in jails, colleges, high schools, businesses as well as clubs and bars sometimes even having to use a translator so they could understand my message.
Learning to public speak with confidence has changed my personal and my business life helping me to earn more income and respect among my peers.
This course is not theory but real life proven principles I have used to become a better speaker and engage my audience.
There is no music or band playing behind you when you enter the stage to speak.
You are alone to either fail or succeed at delivering a message to your audience and they will know whether you prepared or not.
This course will help give you many new ideas and principles you can practice and apply to your next speaking engagement.
I wish you nothing but success and remember to have fun!
Speaker/Entrepreneur/Best Selling Author/Artist
"Speech is power; speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel" Ralph Waldo Emerson
Speaking in public is the most amazing form of art, without any music or band, stage props or instruments. You are all alone to either connect with an audience or fail to do so.
Public Speaking is a special privilege
Having the ability to speak under any circumstances whether on stage or at networking event is crucial for your success in both personal and business life. Communication skills are essential in all areas of life and will give you a huge boost of confidence being able to walk into a crowd and carry on a conversation or address people from a podium or stage.
"The most critical component to being a great speaker and leader is telling your own story" This is so people have the ability to latch on to you in a more personal way.
You don't want to just re-tell your story, you want to re-live your story. Tell it with the same passion and excitement like it just happened.
"Never quit something with great longterm potential just because you can't deal with the stress of the moment" Seth Godin
It's important to get the audience on your side sooner then later. This can be done with call to actions like if I was speaking in California I would say "Isn't everyone proud to live in such a great state as California?"
Or "if your happy to be alive this morning say "YES","
There have been times I've mentioned local sports teams or anything relatable to the audience and city I'm currently speaking in. I've even gone as far to eat at a local restaurant to and mention it to show that I'm embracing their culture. This goes along way.
I once got up on stage and shout how are you doing California and I was actually in Arizona.
"Poor preparation equals poor presentation" From the first word out of your mouth to the last and walk off that platform your audience will know how well you prepared.
You can't cover every aspect of any given topic in one speech so therefore it is important to focus on a specific point and create boundaries for yourself. Otherwise you jumble the message and not drive your point home as hard as you could of. You don't want to confuse your audience but rather train, inspire and educate. Not overwhelm and jump around.
Refine and edit your message down to the most fundamental points and make sure to leave time for Q & A.
"People don't know how much you care until you tell them"
When getting a point across people need to know that you care about them and are sincere about the subject you are lecturing on. Speak with a tone of sincerity and win the hearts of your audience.
"believing in yourself and the message you have to share, that's confidence" Confidence comes from believing in 100% of what your speaking about. Loving the topic your talking about will put air under your wings and authority when speaking.
"inhale Confidence, Exhale Doubt"
"a double minded man is unstable in all his ways"
When you hit that stage you should be giving it no less then a 100% focused attention. Clear your mind before you go out there and get rid of all other distractions. Try not to talk to anyone before going on stage so that you don't get stirred up about something completely different. Be present with the people in the room and your surroundings. Don't think about anything else and relax..
“We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.” - Jim Rohn
You want to close your speech no a high note. Sometimes this is by reading a poem, hitting another quote or sharing a story. This is sometimes with a high tone in your voice, quite or smooth.
"a fighter isn't someone never fails, a fighter is someone who never quits"
"if someone else has done it, you can do it too, if no one else has done it you can be the first"
#1 Write down your story and practice telling it into a recorder or film yourself live
#2 Write down what your main topic or theme is for speaking.. Is it fitness related and can you narrow it down even more. Like losing weight or eating healthy. Example: I could say I'm the money guy but what is it specifically. Dave Ramsey is the money guy but he narrowed it down to helping people get out of debt. What do you want to be known for?
Hitting a quote is when you setup the audience with a story or point and then drop a quote like "Action Fuels Success" or "It's Not About How You Start But How You Finish". Hitting a quote at the right time can be a powerful way to impact your audience and drive home a point.
"The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results"
"either something new comes into your life or something new has got to come out of you"
Listening to the crowd with your eyes and ears is very important because if they are not connecting then it's time to switch it up. Different story or maybe skip to a different part in your speech. You don't want to lose the audience
“Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.” - Jim Rohn
Using points to guide your audience through your message keeps them attentive and on track.
The 5 levels of leadership are: #1, etc
The 10 principles of success are: #1, #2, etc.
You talk people through using illustrations and or stories to backup your claim
Using photos/images and video at certain points during your presentation is a powerful to communicate your message from stage. However don't so caught up in the images and flash that you forget to work on the essentials which is YOU communicating. Slides, photos etc should be used as an extra item to drive the point home.
"inspiration unused is merely entertainment"
You are not on stage just stir up the audience by temporarily motivating or inspiring which is great. However the goal should be for transformation by giving them the opportunity to change and most importantly take action. Remember "inspiration unused is merely entertainment". Your goal should be transformation. This could come from one idea you share, story or perhaps a training explaining an action you took in your life which got you results. I have listened to speakers who inspired me and took action getting great results. It's important to write it down but more important to take action to what you've written.
Give them a challenge or exercise at the end - encourage them to take action immediately and not put it off another second.
#1 - Look up some quotes to use through your speech
#2 - Use numbered principles to teach on in your speech
#3 - Find some photos and images you can use when training
Dress for success: Clothes don't make the man but they sure introduce him. People are making quick judgement calls as soon as they see you and never get a second chance to make a first impression. Dress appropriately for the occasion. The way you dress for a college or high school assembly might call for jeans and a button up shirt. Whereas speaking on success for a corporation a suit and jacket might be more appropriate for the occasion.
"Personality begins where comparison ends"
Your style in how you walk, speak and address the audience from the stage is your own and unique to you. The way you tell a story in your tone, perspective. Les Brown is known for laughing a lot and telling stories throughout his talks. Gary Vaynerhchuck is know for cursing during his presentations and talking fast. That's his style. What is your style? How can you put more of YOU into your presentation.
If you have time before you speak I think it's important to see the room as well as the stage you will be standing on giving your presentation. Also ask to do a mic check or have the presenter introduce you with the microphone you will be using or lapel before hand. There's nothing worse then going on stage with a muted microphone.
Putting emphasis on certain words during your speech with modulation is a powerful way to keep your audience engaged.
Timing and tone are critical to telling a joke. I've seen my jokes connect which work awesome but also seen people miss the point. I never laugh at my own jokes but pause and smile before continuing on with my speech.
Life is not a dress rehearsal - every day is opening night. "Peter J Daniels"
Hey you shut up! I'm trying to speak up here. Distractions will happen and this is where your practice and professionalism really needs to show up. There have been times I've had to pause for a second and ask someone if they can please be quite I won't be much longer. I've also had other times when the organizer has taken the microphone from me to ask the audience to show some respect. This was at a charity event. It's funny people don't mean to be rude because they are the ones asking for an autograph or picture once I'm done speaking. Practice being calm so when these situations do arise you don't freak out and lose your cool. Trust me I've wanted to many times.
One of the rudest things you can do is to take away from someone elses time.
Always try to give yourself ample time to get to the event. If I know the flight is going to be tight I will sometimes fly in the night before just so i'm in that city and work from my hotel room.
Stay on the stage or else through certain movements you make others will not see you and you lose the impact of your presentation.
"Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune." Jim Rohn
Most people don't realize that when they hear a speaker give an amazing talk, he or she has given it dozens of times. The same exact message with only a few tweaks. Especially there story.
I thought to myself "no wonder he's so good at telling his story, he's done it a million times"
Chris Greenwood: Musician, Best Selling Author & Entrepreneur
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