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Public Speaking Super Powers
25 minutes | a month ago
Mark MacDonald – January’s Guest on the Public Speaking Super Powers Podcast
Is your audience ignoring you? Let’s fix that! In this episode, Mark MacDonald will share with you: The three things you need to figure out to be known for something How to make 2021 yours What you need to know to get in front of larger audiences Public Speaking Super Powers Podcast: Season 5, Episode 1 Length: 24 minutes, 56 seconds About Mark MacDonald January’s guest is Mark MacDonald, a Church Brand Strategist for BeKnownForSomething.com, a national church communication and branding agency. He coaches pastors and churches to become relevant in their community. He’s also the bestselling author of Be Known For Something, and has written more than 800 magazine articles. Find Mark MacDonald on the Web: beknownbook.com Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Instagram Pinterest About the Public Speaking Super Powers Podcast The Public Speaking Super Powers Podcast is the podcast for new and aspiring speakers, introverts, and shy people seeking to overcome their fear of speaking, improve their speaking skills and take their career to the next level through speaking. Each episode features information to empower you to be a better speaker and communicator. Carma Spence, the host of the show, shares her insights and knowledge on the topic gained from more than 20 speaking experience, as well as interviews with subject matter experts, such as speaker coaches, authors, and more. The podcast is available on most podcast directories, including iTunes, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, and beyond. New episodes are posted on the third Wednesday of the month. Is there a topic you’d like covered on the podcast? Would you like to ask a question about Public Speaking on the show? Send your suggestions and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and mention that it is for the PSSP podcast. For instructions on how to send audio or video questions to be included within the show, visit the podcast’s page.
9 minutes | 2 months ago
How to Tap into Your Personal “Why to Speak” as an Author [PODCAST]
Public Speaking Super Powers Podcast: Season 4, Episode 7 Length: 9 minutes, 12 seconds One of the best ways to market yourself and your book is by speaking. If you are an author, you’ll want to listen to this episode, because it’s all about how to tap into your personal “why to speak” as an author. Episode Highlights from How to Tap into Your Personal “Why to Speak” as an Author You put a lot of time, effort, love, heart, and soul into your book. In many ways, it’s your baby. And you would love for it to be in the hands of as many readers as possible. Why? Is it because you want to become rich and famous? Possibly, although there are way easier ways to do that! Is it because you’re a glutton for punishment and your favorite way to punish yourself is to banish yourself to a room with a computer and type away for several months? Possibly. That’d be weird, but we all have our quirks, right? No judgment. Is it because you want to make a difference in the world? Is it because you want to educate, inform, inspire, entertain, or in some other way transform your reader – even if only for a moment? Bingo! Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, most authors create what they create because they are on a mission. Sometimes it’s a big mission. Sometimes is a small mission. Sometimes is a self-serving mission. Sometimes it’s a selfless mission. And sometimes it’s a mission that’s a mix and match of all those types of mission. So, what’s your mission? That’s where you’re going to find your personal why. In this episode, Carma shares: 5 external practical reasons authors should be speaking 2 lines of questioning that will help you discover and tap into your personal “why to speak” About the Public Speaking Super Powers Podcast The Public Speaking Super Powers Podcast shares information to empower you to be a better speaker and communicator. Carma Spence, the host of the show, shares her insights and knowledge on the topic, as well as interviews subject matter experts. The podcast is available in audio format on iTunes and beyond. New episodes are posted on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Is there a topic you’d like covered on the podcast? Would you like to ask a question about Public Speaking on the show? Send your suggestions and questions to email@example.com and mention that it is for the PSSP podcast.
9 minutes | 3 months ago
5 Habits of People with High Levels of Personal Power [PODCAST]
Public Speaking Super Powers Podcast: Season 4, Episode 6 Length: 9 minutes, 12 seconds If you want to be a successful speaker, you need to learn how to tap into your personal power. In today’s episode, I talk about personal power – what it is and how you can tap into yours. Podcast Transcript According to Robert Firestone Ph.D., “Personal power is based on strength, confidence, and competence that individuals gradually acquire in the course of their development. It is self-assertion, and a natural, healthy striving for love, satisfaction, and meaning in one’s interpersonal world.” And Adam Sicinski says that personal power is, “a kind of mental toughness that we bring to every situation. It’s the ability to take decisive and deliberate action toward a desired goal, or down an optimal path that helps you accomplish that goal.” Speakers who have high levels of personal power are more successful because they are confident, speak up and step up, and resourcefully pursue their goals. Wouldn’t you like to have all that? Of course, you do! Here are 5 habits that people with high levels of personal power do that you can emulate, as well. Habit #1: They don’t play the blame game People with personal power take responsibility for their actions, decisions, emotions, and thought processes. They don’t blame these things on others or play the victim. Does this mean that things outside of their control don’t happen to them? Of course not! But the way they approach these whims of fate is different than the approach of those with low personal power. For example, two people get a flat tire. The person with low personal power may get upset and blame the road, bad luck, or even God for the flat. They tell a story about the experience with them playing the role of the victim of happenstance. Although a person with high personal power may also get upset — flat tires are rarely convenient events – they do not see themselves as a victim of the event. For this person, the flat tire is neutral – annoying, possibly even inconvenient, but not a personal attack. It simply happened. They deal with it and move on. So how can you practice this habit? Understand that you are not a victim. When less-than-ideal things happen – like flat tires and PowerPoint slides that don’t work and shoes that break while you’re on stage – deal with it and move on. Habit #2: They forgive easily This habit may not seem to affect your speaking directly, but because it is closely related to Habit #1, it is worth mentioning. Those who have high levels of personal power know that forgiveness is not for the person who hurt them, but for themselves. When you harbor hatred and hold on to grudges, you hurt no one but yourself. Forgiveness is empowering. It allows you to move on from the transgression and grow. You don’t have to forget the transgression when you forgive, but letting it go will give you the power and the freedom to move past it. Now I understand from personal experience this can be easier said than done. But if you make an effort to forgive, little by little you will get there. People who easily forgive have lighter spiritual loads to carry, and so they can spend more time living in the present and being present for their audiences. Before I move on to the next habit, here is a quick commercial break. Looking for a “public speaking course in a book”? Well look no further than the award-winning book Public Speaking Super Powers! This bestselling book covers everything you’d learn in a public speaking class, and probably a bit more. Drawing from extensive research and interviews with more than 85 business and professional speakers, this book will show you how to: Overcome speaking anxiety Develop the presentation skills you need to be a success on the stage, such as storytelling and humor Master speaking techniques like a superhero speaker, such as audience and engagement and using your voice, body language, and eye contact effectively Successful speakers aren’t superheroes with special superpowers. If you want to, you can be an effective speaker. This “public speaking class in a book” will help you become a better speaker. >> Buy Now! Available Wherever Books Are Sold.
5 minutes | 4 months ago
Top 4 Benefits Speakers Gain from Embracing Live Video [PODCAST]
Public Speaking Super Powers Podcast: Season 4, Episode 5 Live video is currently an exciting topic among marketers and speakers alike. And now with COVID-19 lockdowns lasting well over six months, it’s use has increased. Many expect that live video will play a big role in the way we communicate online moving forward. As a speaker, you really should consider embracing live video, which is why I’m going to share in this episode the Top 4 Benefits Speakers Can Gain from Embracing Live Video. Episode Highlights Length: 5 minutes, 26 seconds Topics covered in this episode: Engagement Excitement Competition Anticipation Transcript for “Top 4 Benefits Speakers Gain from Embracing Live Video” Hi, This is Carma Spence, author of the Award-Winning book Public Speaking Super Powers, and Host of The Public Speaking Super Powers podcast. It’s great to be back to podcasting after my short hiatus. Did you miss me? If so, please let me know in a comment! Now on to the topic of the day: Live Video. Live video can be very exciting for speakers, although some find it more anxiety-provoking than getting up on stage. If that’s you, work on overcoming your fears because live video gives you access to an entirely new audience to market yourself to, an entirely new way to engage with your following and so much more. Keep listening to learn the very best benefits that live video has from a speaker’s perspective. The first is Engagement Live video is excellent for engagement and allows you to reach your viewers in a way that will feel much more personal, intimate, and direct. And this is true even if they are watching the recording and are not live with you. There are a number of reasons for this. First, the fact that the video is live means that your viewers feel as though you’re talking directly to them. This is really powerful for a speaker. Speaking on live video feels more intimate for your audience than when they see you on the stage live. And this can build rapport must faster, which means they are much more likely to convert to be a subscriber on your email list or buy your products and services. Second, the fact that they can interact via comments and that you can respond to them live on the video means that they can have a live discussion with you or at least a reasonable facsimile. If you’re sharing actionable information or conducting an Ask Me Anything session, you can literally answer questions right then and there as they are asked. You can’t do this from the stage as effectively. The second top benefit is Excitement I know live video has been around awhile. However, it still feels new and exciting to many people – possibly your people. Because of this, when you associate yourself with live video streaming – through Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or more – you instantly make your personal brand or your business brand seem more forward-thinking. Before I move on to the third benefit, here’s a short commercial. COMMERCIAL BREAK Hi! This is Carma Spence, your host and author of the bestselling book Public Speaking Super Powers, back to share the last two benefits speakers gain from embracing live video. A third benefit of live video is a Lack of Competition This won’t be the case for long, but live video is still fairly new right now and there are not that many speakers in your niche using it. What does this mean? It means that you can create live video and almost every time you stream – if you do it right – you can come away with brand new followers and subscribers. This makes growing your audience much easier! And finally, Top benefit Number Four: You Can Use Live Video To Build Anticipation A live video can be an event. What’s more, this is an interactive event. If you’re good at building excitement and anticipation, then you can make this into something that your audience can’t wait to participate in and you can get them counting down the days until your next live video. By making your audience wait, you can effectively increase the excitement and anticipation by a large margin. Of course, there are more than four benefits you can gain as a speaker who embraces live video. But that’s all I have time for in this short podcast episode. If you’d like to talk to me about how I might help you use live video more effectively, go to bit.ly/talktocarmalive. Bye for now. Go out and unleash your inner speaking superhero! About the Public Speaking Super Powers Podcast The Public Speaking Super Powers Podcast shares information to empower you to be a better speaker and communicator. Carma Spence, the host of the show, shares her insights and knowledge on the topic, as well as interviews subject matter experts. The podcast is available in audio format on iTunes and beyond. New episodes are posted on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Is there a topic you’d like covered on the podcast? Would you like to ask a question about Public Speaking on the show? Send your suggestions and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and mention that it is for the PSSP podcast.
4 minutes | a year ago
Podcast: The Benefits of Using Humor In Your Speeches
Public Speaking Super Powers Podcast: Season 4, Episode 3 Have you considered using humor in your presentations? There are several advantages to doing so. Listen to this month’s episode to learn six of the benefits of using humor in your speeches. Quick Announcement This podcast is going on hiatus until the Fall. But, never fear, I will still be posting text-based content here. And when I return this fall I’ll have a guest speaker who will be talking about storytelling! Length: 3 minutes, 56 seconds The six benefits of using humor I cover in this episode are: Humor can put the audience at ease: Lightening the mood can help you get your message across more easily Humor can create a connection: It can make you and your message become more relatable Humor can keep your audience engaged: Breaking things up helps keep your audience awake and engaged Humor can make key points memorable: Humor helps people remember things better Humor can help you make a better impression: Your audience will remember how you made them feel more than anything else Humor lightens the load: A little humor can make a heavy subject more bearable About the Public Speaking Super Powers Podcast The Public Speaking Super Powers Podcast shares information to empower you to be a better speaker and communicator. Carma Spence, the host of the show, shares her insights and knowledge on the topic, as well as interviews subject matter experts. The podcast is available in audio format on iTunes and beyond. New episodes are posted on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Is there a topic you’d like covered on the podcast? Would you like to ask a question about Public Speaking on the show? Send your suggestions and questions to email@example.com and mention that it is for the PSSP podcast.
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