147: How to become an excellent public speaker – with Michael J. Gelb

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What does it take to become an excellent public speaker? My snarky friends would quickly say, “a voice and an audience, right?” Wrong, wrong, wrong. Obviously, there is so much more to it and that’s what I’d like to uncover, especially if the art of public speaking has been a mystery for you.

My special guest today is Michael J. Gelb and he’s simplifying how to become an excellent public speaker. No matter what role you play in your work, honing the skill of public speaking will be a critical factor in your success. I can almost guarantee it.

Here’s how. 

My special guest today is Michael J. Gelb and he’s simplifying how to become an excellent public speaker.

We tackle and simplify all aspects of it, including:

  • Why he believes that public speaking is the #1 skill you can cultivate that’ll supercharge your career
  • How to “set the stage” before you speak and what role your nervous system plays in all of this
  • Why he uses mind mapping to structure his message and how it helps him have better empathy with the audience
  • What the Alexander Technique is and how it’ll help you become an excellent public speaker
  • …and ultimately, you’ll learn a few ways you can take today’s conversation and translate it into virtual meetings and online events, detailing a few of the challenges you must overcome.

While lately, in-person meetings have turned into Zoom calls and conferences have gone online, now more than ever, we must be effective communicators to motivate our teams, inspire others, close sales, and drive business forward. We all must become excellent public speakers if we want to not only survive in this day and age, but also thrive. Michael shows us a way.

Q: Are you ready to become an excellent public speaker? If yes, this one is for you.

It’s time to #DoTheThing!


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My challenge for you this week:

How are you going to take what you’ve learned in today’s episode and begin to hone your craft as an excellent public speaker? What’s one thing you’ll do differently? Share it with me, privately or publicly. Snap a photo of you doing the thing, and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

Links, books and apps mentioned:

Book: Mastering the Art of Public Speaking: 8 Secrets to Transform Fear and Supercharge Your Career – Michael J. Gelb

Book:  Who Am I? – Sri Ramana Maharshi 

Resource: Join a public speaking group, locally or globally and meet online – Toastmasters International

Podcast: How to put yourself out there + gain visibility, featuring Lori Granito – The Simplifiers Podcast

Podcast: How to squash your limiting self-beliefs – The Simplifiers Podcast

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About Michael J. Gelb

Michael J. Gelb – He is a pioneering practitioner and thought leader in the fields of creative thinking, executive coaching and innovative leadership, working with clients like Nike, AT&T, Microsoft and more. 

He is the author of 17 books including How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day and Mastering the Art of Public Speaking: 8 Secrets to Transform Fear and Supercharge Your Career, selling more than one million copies.

Where Michael hangs out online:

Website: michaelgelb.com

Facebook: @MichaelJGelbAuthorSpeaker

Twitter: @MichaelJGelb

Instagram: @MichaelJGelb

YouTube: @MichaelJGelb

LinkedIn: @Michael-Gelb

Michael’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

Dr. Eva Selhub – She is an internationally recognized resiliency expert, physician, author, speaker, scientist and consultant. Dr. Eva engages her clients and her audiences with her powerful energy, words of wisdom and scientific knowledge to activate the five pillars of resilience–physical, mental, spiritual, relationship and team– to achieve optimal resilience, success, health and happiness.

Michael Gelb

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