As executives, business owners or sales professionals, no matter what it says on your business card, many of us are now working from home. Me too. It’s taking some getting used to. The upside: Without a commute to eat up a couple of hours a day many of us are spending a lot of time honing our craft. We might take courses on finance, sales strategies and marketing so that our businesses can grow and thrive once we come out the other side of this pandemic. The one thing that often gets ignored in all this learning is how we speak. Whether in the boardroom trying to get people to buy into a new initiative, a public venue speaking to hundreds of people (one day soon I pray!), or simply bringing you’re a game to the next video conference call, the art of speaking is one of the most important and yet most ignored aspects of our business lives.
Don’t think speaking with authority and confidence makes a difference? Think again. Here are some sobering statistics from Ethos on why this matters so much:
- Earning Potential: Fear of public speaking cuts wages by 10% or more!
- Promotability: Fear of public speaking inhibits promotion to management by 15%!
In the latest episode of Tigerpaw Radio, the first to be recorded after the pandemic became our new reality, we had a sit down with Heather Monahan, a power-house keynote speaker and best-selling author of “Confidence Creator.” She makes her living as a public speaker and was kind enough to share some secrets with us on how we can become more influential and confident every time we speak in front of people. She, like everybody else, is doing a lot fewer public engagements and was awesome enough to help us understand the power of speaking and influence for when we all get back to some kind of new normal.
In this episode, you’ll learn about:
- Taking a leap: Heather was a top executive in corporate America for many years and she shares her story of how that all changed and why.
- Why you need to speak up: Heather talks about why everybody should improve how they speak even if you will never be on a stage.
- Step lightly: Like any skill we master, improving our public speaking abilities doesn’t happen overnight. Heather shares a strategy for starting with small steps and building towards mastery!
And a ton more tips to help you speak easy! Back when travel was still a thing I had the chance to meet Heather in New York City for a book launch and she is as good as they get! I’ve wanted to do this episode for a long time and the new reality of social distancing didn’t get in the way of this incredible interview. You’re going to get a ton of tips and advice on how to raise your speaking game whether from home or on the road one day. Do yourself a favor during isolation and learn from the best. You can listen to the podcast HERE.