public speaking

How I Overcame My Fear of Public Speaking

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Personal Branding Startup Advice / January 22, 2020

This is the story of how I overcame my fear of public speaking. “Acting is a nice childish profession – pretending you’re someone else and, at the same time, selling yourself.” –Katharine Hepburn I used to be terrified of public speaking, social engagements, and looking into anyone’s eyes when exceeding a glance. Turns out, shyness will not get you very far in the business world. Sure – it’s…

What Really Matters When You Give A TED Talk

by / ⠀Blog Career Advice / April 25, 2016
sitting at ted talk

If you’ve ever dreamed of giving a TED/TEDx Talk, you’ve probably also dreamed of the potential fame that comes along with it. “People will bust down my door to interview me!” “I’ll get tons of business opportunities!” “I’ll be Youtube famous!”   Those things are certainly POSSIBLE, but let me feed you a truth sandwich and tell you that they aren’t likely. And that’s okay, because fame is…

What I Learned After My TEDx Talk

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / May 21, 2014

  In all honesty, I didn’t sleep a lick the night before my TEDx talk. Every time my eyes would start to close, I’d envision my clicker suddenly crumbling in my hands or the audience in blank stares after I throw out my best joke. It also didn’t help that I had lost my voice a day before from a head cold. As a professional speaker, I still…

Effective Public Speaking Tips- How to Set Yourself Apart

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / March 14, 2014

Value added skills are cherished and often in scarce supply. Most of these skills are thought of in technical terms, such as IT knowledge or niche training. However, practical skills such as personal communication may be overlooked. Public speaking ranks among the most feared yet valuable skills. This makes the ROI for improving your presentation skills very high. With a few basic tips and practice, you can distinguish…

6 Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Started My Company

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / September 17, 2013

My company is approaching its tenth anniversary. This important milestone has prompted me to look back at my decade as an entrepreneur. Founding and running a company has been the ride of my life, but it has had its fair share of ups and down. In retrospect, I would have done a few things differently if I had known better. Here are some things I’d wish I’d known…

Rock On Stage & Be Remembered

by / ⠀Startup Advice / May 4, 2013

Have you ever listened to a presentation and thought “Wow! This is really awesome”? I can raise my hand to that. But I have also attended many presentations that are so boring that I wished I’d left the room. How can a CEO give such a terrible presentation? That’s the question I often ask myself. Your goal as a CEO should be to enter the stage, rock it…

Overcome Your Fear: Speak With Confidence!

by / ⠀Startup Advice / April 10, 2013

I admit it. I’m a perfectionist, which means I’m very self-critical and tend to over analyze everything. This personality attribute nearly crippled me whenever I was placed in the public eye, whether I was walking around a busy mall full of my peers, playing the piano with anyone else in the room, or when I was speaking in front of a group of any size. When I was…

Shred Your Notes (and Other Lessons on Public Speaking)

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / May 8, 2012

Many people get jitters before a big speech; it’s such a common fear that some avoid it altogether. Jerry Seinfeld once joked that Americans feared public speaking more than death, which meant that the average person at a funeral would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy. While we’re above ground, however, public speaking can do us a lot more help than harm. No matter your…