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Speak With Confidence

 

 

This past weekend I was interviewed on the Big Blend Radio Show and we discussed the fact that most people are terrified of speaking because it comes with an unknown.

I mentioned that if you knew you couldn’t fail, knew the audience would love you, knew you would have a positive impact on your audience; you would most likely take that stage every time with more confidence (or take the stage in the first place).

It’s the fear of the unknown (the what if) that is holding most people back.

Here’s a strategy for battling this fear.

List the possible “what if’s”, and have a back-up plan.

i.e. possible outcomes:

1. You could end up sweating in front of your audience, and your clothing could reveal that.

Back-up Plan: wear dark colors so it doesn’t show.

2. You could have a sound hiccup or audio visual hiccup.

Back-up Plan: have back-up sound (i.e. back-up mics) and back-up copies of your presentation ready

3. You could look like you don’t know what you’re talking about

Back-up Plan: practice, practice and practice some more. Practice in front of someone who will be supportive and give honest feedback.

4. You are terrified of getting onto that stage in the first place.

Back-up Plan: start with baby-steps (like I discuss in my TEDx Talk at the following link = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4G81vQ2EuA&t=20s). Attend Toastmaster or Rotary meetings (or similar presentation meetings), watch others tackle their fear of speaking and eventually, you’ll feel comfortable speaking in front of the smaller group yourself. Over time, you’ll gain comfort by speaking in front of supportive people and this will give you the confidence to eventually take the big stage.

Until then, here’s to your greater success.

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What I Learned From Mark Victor Hansen

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I recently got to spend some time with Chicken Soup for the Soul Co-Creator, Mark Victor Hansen.

During our time, I asked Mark one habit a person can act on to take their career to the next level.

Mark’s response, “I would ask everyone to read self-help action books, and biographies and autobiographies of people who overcame the odds.”

I didn’t read my first book until I was 27 years of age, and since that time I have learned that each minute I have invested (in time) into feeding my mind has been returned itself many, many times over.

The question though is, how does one decide what to read, watch or listen to first?

I asked that same question to bestselling author Susan Manion MacDonald years back, after she was able to expand her mind enough in two months to put her cancer into complete remission (with just those two months left to live).

Her reply was essentially, “What I did was asked the people who I knew were reading, (watching or listening) the right things, what I should feed my mind first. When the same answer came back multiple times, that’s what I read (watched or listened to) first.”

Having this answer, I’d love to ask – what will you read, watch or listen to next? Perhaps it’s time to see which books, TED Talks or Shows have impacted the most lives, and dive in.

Until then, here’s to your success, Corey

ps. you can check out the full Mark Victor Hansen interview on our iTunes show page at https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/conversations-passion!-corey/id948005962

What I Learned From Bif Naked…

Today’s a Great Day to Make it a Great Day!

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Last month I had the opportunity to sit with Music Icon (and now Harper Collins Author) Bif Naked.
During our conversation Bif shared the following…
“You can totally reinvent yourself in your 40’s, 50’s and beyond.”
When I was younger I was under the impression that you had to achieve your dreams by a certain age. I fully believed it. Thankfully, many people proved otherwise.
First, I heard the story that Colonel Sanders started Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) at age 65.
I then listened as George Foreman shared the story of winning the world championship at aged 45 years and in the process became the oldest fighter ever to win the World Championship in boxing.

Next, on our show, Jack Canfield shared his experience of co-creating the Chicken Soup for the Soul Book Series (now over 500 million copies in print) in his late 40’s.

More recently, we had the late Wayne Dyer’s daughter Skye Dyer on our radio show and we discussed Louise Hay launching the popular Hay House company in her 60’s, that has impacted so many people in such a profound way, and even the legacy her father Wayne was still creating well into his 70’s (and is still creating to this day).

And so, I have been a believer that you can begin at any age (to create your legacy) and/or reinvent yourself, BUT Bif Naked, just last month, reminded me of this and therefore helped me re-learn it yet again. So thank you Bif for demonstrating that regardless of our age, we get to decide what’s on the next page

So, I guess the questions become: Do you need to reinvent yourself as we make our way toward a New Year? Are you ready to do so? Do you have a plan in place for reinvention? Do you believe you can do it? If a reinvention is not what you ned, how prepared are you to have a banner year personally and/or professionally?

If planning for 2017 is your game (whether reinvention or simply kicking off the year in a big way) and you want ideas to get the juices flowing (or to learn short-cups from the best of the best), feel free to check out our show (or subscribe) at the iTunes page below and learn exclusive insight / wisdom from some of the greatest thought leaders in the world with a quick click and a listen (perhaps you can turn your car into a mobile library, as Brian Tracy suggested, and listen to an episode each day on your way to or from work):

ps. you can hear Bif’s full interview at that same show link (currently listed as the top interview).

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