As you might have heard before, most of us fear public speaking more than death!
Thom Singer shares how to be a great speaker by telling a great story.
And he says if you identify as an introvert it doesn’t mean you don’t have what it takes to become a great speaker!
He has delivered 800+ speeches, so this guy knows what he talking about when it comes to delivering a memorable presentation.
Lot of great lessons in our conversation including:
- The difference between being a speaker and a professional emcee.
- Why introverts can be great storytellers, too.
- Treat speaking like any other skill and practice it to get better.
- The groundwork he laid to not start his business from zero when he was laid off.
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Tell your story
- Align your habits
- Manage your energy
- Build your community
How Thom Works and Thinks
- Wake up time: 6:00 am
- Core work activities + habits: 1) Do great work on stage. 2) Market himself. 3) Be a nice person.
- Ideal work environment: When he can be the opening keynote speaker and then be the master of ceremonies for a 2-3 day event.
- Definition of success: Money. (Love his honesty!)
- 90-day goal: Get his sales back up to his original goal.
“The introvert/extrovert thing is all about where do you get your personal energy.”
“When you’re moving forward, you’ll continue to move forward. When you’re grinding to a halt, you don’t.”
“Success leaves clues, so you need to get around people who are having success in whatever you want to do, because they’re gonna leave clues.”
If you’re in your mid-career and thinking it’s too late to start working for yourself, Thom has this advice:
1) Google successful entrepreneurs who started after 60, like Colonel Sanders.
2) Commit to making your later life better and use that as a base for decision making.
3) Adjust your mindset to think it’s never too late.