The Speech Wiz introduces “The ABC' of Executive Speaking”: Authenticity

In my last post, I introduced you to the “ABC’s of Executive Speaking” framework. This post will explore the “A” of the ABC’s – Authenticity.

With every passing day, the world of the executive speaker continues to evolve. This evolution presents challenges that many executive speakers have never previously addressed. From the virtual meeting, to the webinar, to the teleseminar, to the promotional video – all of these opportunities test the ability of an executive speaker to create, organize and deliver memorable and effective content that informs, influences and energizes every audience.

Some speakers meet these challenges by choosing to emulate the speaking techniques of other, notable speakers without first analyzing their own style and effectiveness. Executive speaking is hard enough without out adding a layer of imitation on your speaking style that is after all borrowed at best and seldomly done seamlessly.

What you need to be an effective executive speaker is Authenticity.

The Speech Wiz introduces “The ABC's of Executive Speaking”

In my practice, The Speech Wiz, I coach executives on how they can become high level speakers and leaders. Many of my clients get to speak in a variety of settings from boardrooms to conferences, webinars to meetings, and more. Over the years, I have learned from my clients that the type of speaking they do is highly driven, temporal, and critical to the success of their businesses, organizations and careers. I have also learned that what they do is not classic public speaking but a leadership style that relies heavily on their ability to convey authenticity, practice brevity and demonstrate the highest level of clarity regarding the content and purpose of their speaking.

This knowledge led me to formulate a framework for executive speakers I call “The ABC’s of Executive Speaking”.

4 simple tips from The Speech Wiz that can help you limit the stress of public speaking.

The key to becoming a stress-less speaker is to have a plan for what you plan to say.Sounds simple. Right?For lots of people (and perhaps you) the simpler things are, the harder they are to believe in. We humans like the clutter and challenge of the complicated. Why not? With so many variables that the complicated offers, we can relish in the comfort of knowing that if we come up short, we at least “gave it a good try.” The simple does not afford the luxury of “if at first you don’t succeed”. The simple if very Yoda-ish. “Do or do not. There is no try.”If you’d like to become a stress-less speaker, think simple. It is not a complicated process. It only becomes that way when you avoid the simple and reach for the complicated. In this blog, I will share 4 simple tips you can use to become a stress-less speaker. The four tips are PLAN, OUTLINE, EXTRACT and KNOW,

The Speech Wiz shares an insight on being a transformational speaker.

Lots of people attend self-help motivational presentations every year. Some folks do this year in and year out. And yet, there they remain stuck in place. Sometimes, the only thing that actually transforms is a declining balance in their bank account. Inspirational speeches can show “What” is possible for you to achieve. Motivational speeches can clarify “Why” it is important for you to achieve a goal. Without the key “How” you can get from a truly Transformational speech, you’d be stuck without a clue how to achieve your goal.

All of the insights and wisdom in the world will not help you achieve a single thing if you do not know how to put them to work for you. That is what makes transformational speaking such a powerful communication form. Transformational speaking brings the What and the Why into the potentially attainable by engaging the listener in the How they desperately seek.

The Speech Wiz shares an insight on being a motivational speaker.

There is a phenomenon in the small business start-up world called “The Wall”. It is a moment someplace between the second and fifth year of a new business when the founder begins to lose enthusiasm for the business. The money, the fulfilling work, and the independent spirit that attracted the founder begins to fade behind a myriad of stuff like paperwork, staffing, and the grind of doing the same thing day in and day out. In short, the founder has lost hold of their “Why”. They do not see the importance of opportunity that once motivated them to step out, take a leap of faith and seize control of their future.

Motivational speaking is the art of helping people see and concentrate on why something is important for them to achieve. Motivation is about translating the importance of opportunity into why they will believe in. If, as a speaker or leader, you cannot help your audience connect to their underlying motivation for doing something, you will have little if any influence on them.

In this blog post I will share some insights on being a Motivation Speaker and the importance of helping your audience discover the importance of opportunity inside the Why they should be motivated to achievement.

The Speech Wiz shares an insight on being an inspirational speaker.

We speak to achieve one of three outcomes – to inform, to persuade and to entertain. We lead to achieve one of three outcomes – to help others succeed, to be an agent of change, and to fulfill a collective purpose or promise.

Speaking and leadership have a great deal in common. Chief among these is the ability to influence others. In the speaking world, there are Three Types of Influential Speakers – Inspirational (What is possible), Motivational (Why it is important) and Transformational (How can you achieve it). Each has its own underlying purpose and fulfills a different need for the listener. In this blog post I will share some insights on being an Inspirational Speaker and the challenge of What.