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Entries in inside-out speaker (3)

Monday
Oct202014

Don't Let The Dog Walk You!

From a recent Rockwall, TX event.

I wanted to start by asking you guys a question. By a show of hands, who feels like they're really and truly being themselves when they're up here speaking? And how many of you feel like you're a square peg trying to fit into a round hole - trying to mold yourselves into someone that you're not? 
 
Now, I don't know about you, but I love being around, talking to and especially, LISTENING - to REAL PEOPLE. They make me feel good  - because I KNOW that they're guided by how they feel and especially how they make their audience feel. Not by techniques.
 
In fact, what I've learned in my business is that BEING REAL is just one of the key differences between speakers that connect with an audience and those that speak to give a speech.
 
Right now I'd like to share 3 key drivers of what I call an inside out speaker.- a speaker that connects with feeling and less by technique.
 
First are the Intentions - you have to ask yourself if you're willing to give and take real and qualified constructive communication instead of enabling, supportive communication.
 
The truth is that if you're not willing to ditch the giving or taking of supportive communication, then you're in big trouble as a connector.
 
Supportive communication may feel good, but it's often fake. It's the intentional communication - those meaningful conversations - that help you connect and be better.
 
A second key is Authenticity, it's bringing the inside YOU to your audience. The fact is that you've spent a lifetime being you, so why change that? Be an originator and not an imitator
 
I know that I can't remember a joke to save my life, but I do know that it's hard for me to be fake - and even harder to tell a lie. I'm not a salesman. So, I have to learn to use those unique qualities – these SUPER SPEAKING POWERS that I have - to build those connecting bridges to you guys. 
 
Now the 3rd area that's so often missing with speakers is Emotionalism. You have to ask yourself if you're willing to get out of your comfort zone, because that's how you'll create lasting memories. The kind that get you invited back again and again as an amateur and professional speaker.
 
So the takeaway is that If you don't make strong memories with your audience, you'll be forgotten. And no one wants to be forgotten, especially a speaker.
 
The best connector I've seen and heard in my life is an ex-fighter pilot and Hall of Fame speaker named Rob “Waldo” Waldman. Waldo does everything right, including having his audience fly jets from their chairs. What he's really doing is commiting 100% to them. 
 
Fortunately for me, after reading my book, he offered to endorse it, and here's what he wrote.
 
"A breath of fresh air in a speaker training world full of the same old speaker techniques, I definitely will recommend this book to any speaker looking to elevate their presence and performance on stage."
 
So commit to being an Inside-Out Soeaker. When you're speaking, lead with your feelings and not with technique. Don't let the dog walk you.

 

 


 

Sunday
Apr062014

Speaking and Living Your Mind

This coming Wednesday, April the 9th, three of us are going to be leading a "practice" workshop (really, it's only practice for me, the other two are terrific!) - and it's time for me, the listener, the observer -- to SAY and not to write, what's been on my mind.

This workshop is named after a book I wrote this past January, called "The Inside-Out Speaker." It's message is something I strongly believe in, that we don't have to be, act, live, walk, dress or even speak like anyone else in this WORLD, to connect with our audience. As long as you say it with heart - emotional, authentic, intentional, creative expression, - the "connection" will happen.

And take it all the way - full-on expression and heart - and it's the strongest connection.

So, let me regress a bit here.

Last night, I attended an informal class reunion following my high school's 85th anniversary celebration that day. It was held at a local fun spot, where they served food and drink. I wasn't sure if I wanted to go, but I did. You see, I'm learning to do more of that, to just "go." And, as an avid video pro that's done live series TV, commercials, events and tons more, I thought it would be fun to take my DSLR video and STILL camera. It's an informal way for me to keep getting better at photography, and it's an escape for me, too. It keeps me from pulling back into my naturally introverted mind. The camera's my "fix" - it's my favorite song that makes me stomp down on the gas pedal. So, I went.

Fast forward to today after posting the pictures to social media. A comment came back that read "You are very talented my friend, keep up the great work!"

Yes, I've had and have comments about my work along the same lines, but then I started thinking.

I was battling some things last night. I was a little uncomfortable. For example, I don't love using "flash" accessories. I'd rather use natural light. I love the bokeh look, and I'm not a big fan of going to "auto" either when it's a fast paced gig. Honestly, I was on the fence about if I did the job that I expected myself to do.

I was thinking about --- doubting my abiilities.

After all, I'm a VIDEO professional, a creative services professional (yes, an author too I suppose) - and just an interested photographer hobbyist.

But, you know what?  They looked good to me here on review and the comments were very positive as I said. And it's because I knew that my fallback, my magic bullets were "The Moments." I wanted to capture them more than anything. I always do.

If I keep making that NUMBER 1 - to capture the real fun, the originality of a night, an event, a show - then I'll continue to be good in my creative video work AND when expressing myself to a workshop audience.

In fact, it's important for any type of connection. Cameraman to crowd. Doctor to patient. Teacher to student. Speaker to audience. You have to put the giving and receiving of expressions and the search for moments out in front of everything else. Sure, it's difficult at times for me to express myself in a way that I know, works. But, it's all going to be okay, because it's all coming from the right place.

Two of over 50 photos from last night!
Legend Media Producers is a Dallas video production and producer services company that works independently as well as aligning strategically with other video production companies. In addition, marketing and digital technology companies seek out Legend Media Producers  to add value for their clients. With active customers on both coasts, local clients as well as a strategic partnership - Legend Media Producers has positioned itself to be a quality high definition video provider to businesses and individuals alike. Smartphone to satellite, we provide video production planning, production and post.  Based in Dallas, Texas
 


Thursday
Feb132014

What are you intentions for your speaking?

Your intentions are so important when it comes to your speaking career.

How are you communicating to those around you? Are you casting a big net out there, looking to gain bits of information that can help you be better - or are you socializing? It's hard to catch the BIG ONE, but still, it's important to seek out those individuals that can give you an advantage.

Here's a few paragraphs from Chapter One of The Inside-Out Speaker. We talk about Intentions, and learning what's really important as you go day to day in your speaking career. 

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What about your bookings, phone calls and social media?

The last of which is what you should really be listening to - the true revealers, the non-verbal constructive communication markers. It takes effort for your audience to make a call or to go online and comment to a blog, or other social media platform. When your speaking career is hitting the mark, you should be just as active socially as you are when presenting.

Uh-oh. You can feel it now and I know it’s unsettling. It’s already starting to crumble, isn’t it?

And your colleagues, who you think “get you” and understand what you’re doing every day - their advisement is supportive as well. And it’s because you’re competing for the same clients, the same recommendations, the same rewards and more. It’s weakening your foundation. Never trust anyone who wants what you have.

The walls are straining as if made of straw, and when they go, your house will soon be gone. You can’t start over. You’ve worked too hard.

In truth, if you don’t get your foundation fixed, it’s not going to matter anyway. The reality is that supportive communication is a lie, whether it’s driven by jealousies, politics or other indulgent emotions - and it’s going to kill your professional speaking career if you let it. 

Do you remember a childhood fable called “The Three Little Pigs?”

Well, my version has the big, bad wolf tracking you down. He represents the end of the line for you – curtains. He’s hungry for a Little Pig ham sandwich.

But you think you’re a little bit smarter than him, so you’ve taken refuge in your poorly built straw jungle hut with a (yes, you guessed it) crumbling, supportive foundation. Oh, and he’s lurking right outside your door!

"Little pig, little pig, let me come in."

"No, no, not by the hair on my chinny chin chin."

"Then I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your hut in."

Oh, my. This isn’t going well for you right now. He just might do it. But really, how much worse can it get? Oh yeah. The Little Pig ham sandwich.

Lloyd Box, a communications expert in the field of resistance to change theory and linguistic markers, says this about indulgent conversaiton and supportive communication.

“Narcissism is all about oneself; the ego. When it comes to supportive communication, the narcissistic speaker thinks it’s not bull. They think “Man I’m great!,” and they’ll get worse.”

In other words, you’re about to be done in by yourself, supportive communication and the big, bad wolf. . .

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When you're struggling as a speaker, fixing things sometimes means going back to the behaviors and examining your own values. Makes sense, right? What is it that you're trying to do, and is it coming from the right place? Am I trying to change peoples ideas (minds)  when I'm really not on board myself? Examining your own motivations - your intentions - is important, that's why we lead with it as Chapter One of The Inside-Out Speaker.

Look for the title on Amazon, or link here to get a copy. Enjoy.

Legend Media Producers is a Dallas video production and producer services company that works independently as well as aligning strategically with other video production companies. In addition, marketing and digital technology companies seek out Legend Media Producers  to add value for their clients. With active customers on both coasts, local clients as well as a strategic partnership - Legend Media Producers has positioned itself to be a quality high definition video provider to businesses and individuals alike. Smartphone to satellite, we provide video production planning, production and post.  Based in Dallas, Texas.