October 2, 2014

Successful professionals
speak with confidence and charisma—do you?

Find out the secrets of dynamic speakers who get results
(even if you don’t think of yourself as a “natural”)

Does this sound familiar?

  • You’re confident and smart, but you shy away from stepping into the spotlight.
  • Your work demands that you speak out and take the stage—and the mere thought makes your palms sweat (or your mind go blank).
  • You long to have a magnetic presence that gets results… but you feel like you are saying the same thing as everyone else.

If you can relate, you’re in good company. Many professionals and entrepreneurs need to be great at what they do AND be communicators who can masterfully get their point across to different audiences. 

But often, there’s a gap between where you are and where you want to be.

The good news is; if you’re looking to craft and deliver your next talk, toast, pitch, or presentation — and you want to stand out as clear, confident, and charismatic – you’re in the right place. 

Because I teach entrepreneurs and service professionals how to: 

 ✔  Craft a clear, powerful message that will engage, delight, and influence your audience

✔  Have a magnetic presence that draws people to you the moment you step into a room

✔  Use non-verbal cues to communicate confidence and charisma even before you open your mouth

✔  Follow simple patterns to give a memorable talk that moves people to act or buy

✔  Use speaking as a marketing strategy to grow your business and win great clients in person and online

With an audience one or 1000, successful professionals use simple secrets  to get amazing results from every speaking opportunity that comes their way. Find out what they are—and learn how to massively improve the response YOU get from your talks. I promise you—the results will be worth it … and the process is painless. (And even fun!) 

Here’s to your success,
Catherine

Ready to get started? I invite you to schedule a complimentary Confidence, Charisma & Cash session with me now. Tell me why you want to be a better speaker. You’ll get at least one good idea for how to do it. And we’ll see if we have a fit to help you reach your goals with grace and ease!

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Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran Has It Half Right

You see her on TV looking cool and confident. But Barbara Corcoran says she was terrified of speaking. So scared that her heart pounded and her voice vanished. Maybe you can relate?

How’d she get over it? The celebrity investor offers two tips. And I’m going to quibble with one of them.

1. Force yourself to do it. A lot. Barbara told Entrepreneur.com she signed up to teach real estate classes several nights a week. There she was, for six straight years, up in front of a classroom full of people staring back at her. She also forced herself to accept “every speaking engagement that came along.”

2. Tell your audience you’re scared. Barbara said it “worked wonders” for her: “Just say, ‘I’m sorry. Give me a minute, please. I’m scared.’”

I’m with Barbara all the way on Tip #1. The surest way to get comfortable speaking is … to speak. As often as you can, in front of every group you can. I learn something from every audience, refine my material, perfect my timing. Practice is invaluable.

Not so sure about #2, however. I get the concept – be vulnerable with your listeners, be real, be relatable. They’ll understand, and even love you for it.

Here’s my take. I’m human, you’re human, we all have feelings and we can connect on that level and sing “Kumbaya.”

AND the person at the front of the room is there for a reason. They have a responsibility to be a leader. “I’m scared” isn’t the first step to leadership.

Even more than that, when I’m speaking I’m really there to talk about you, sitting there in the audience – to focus on your feelings, your challenges, your opportunities.

It seems self-centered to start out by asking you to understand my feelings, even if my feelings are perfectly understandable and widely shared.

I’m all for being authentic in front of the room; in fact it’s one of the main things I teach my clients. The best speakers are people who show up on stage as the person they really are. And that can mean vulnerability. It can certainly mean sharing something personal and even raw.

But when I talk about my feelings during a program, it’s a really a way to talk about yours. It’s how we establish a connection, a relationship.

Dwelling on my own anxiety or stage fright puts all the focus on me … when it should be on my audience.

I’m not suggesting you should squelch your fear, or pretend that you’re not feeling it. Instead, I recommend that my clients feel their fear, think of the emotion as energy, and use that energy to connect with the people they’re speaking to.

And we don’t have to yammer about the fear to do that.

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