Speaking is the fast path to demonstrating your credibility. Speaking is also how you share your expertise - on stages, on podcasts, on videos, and even on TV. Yet, surprisingly, many subject matter experts and entrepreneurs are either uncomfortable or unskilled at presenting in front of the audience. And often the speech gets worse the larger the audience. It’s uncanny how an audience of ten thousand can cause knees to knock and voices to quiver. The good news is, great speakers are made, not born. Becoming a great speaker takes practice, yes. Yet it is a skill that can be honed over time. And no matter how good you are at it, you should hone it. I myself feel I have a ways to go, even though I've given thousands of presentations around the world. I’ve honed my craft over the last two and a half decades, but my biggest breakthrough in speaking came about this year, while attending a course called Heroic Public Speaking grad program. And the instructor? Today’s guest, Michael Port. Michael earned his MFA in acting from NYU 25 years ago, then began working in TV, film, and theater. Now, he teaches non-actors what actors know on how to give better performances both onstage and off. Michael is the author of eight books, including Book Yourself Solid and Steal the Show. They've been translated into 29 languages and been on the bestseller lists of the NY Times and Wall Street Journal, among others. His clients include Disney, Best Buy, Guardian, Olympians, Navy Seals, FBI agents, Astronauts, and thousands of others who care deeply about making a difference in the world. This jam-packed conversation not only covers how to have an outstanding stage presence your audience will never forget, but also how you can become a better, more authentic, and present communicator both in business and in life. On with the show!
Whether you're negotiating with a prospect, client, or potential partner, it can sometimes feel like your life depends on it. One wrong move and it's all over in a matter of seconds. Thankfully, most sales calls are not life or death situations. However, my guest for this episode number 211, has been on countless calls that were actual life or death situations. His name is Chris Voss and for 24 years he worked as an international hostage negotiator for the FBI. Now he teaches others the high powered negotiation techniques he honed, while literally saving people's lives. Chris is the founder of Black Swan Group and the author of the bestselling book on negotiation, Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on it. He's been featured in TIME, Business Insider, Entrepreneur, Inc., Fast Company, Fortune, The Washington Post, CNN and more. And I have to tell you, this is one of my absolute favorite business books. I'm not kidding. This episode originally aired on my podcast, Get Yourself Optimized. If you're not already a listener or subscriber I should say, why aren't you? There are such incredible guests on that show. Folks like Dave Asprey, JJ Virgin, John Gray, Byron Katie, Phil Town, Harville Hendrix... these are heroes to me and they are incredible people with such knowledge bombs that will change your life. Think of this episode as a little teaser to get you hooked on my Get Yourself Optimized podcast. Chris's techniques involve zooming in on tiny pieces of information that can have a massive impact on the outcome of conversation or negotiation, along with other practices like mirroring and tactical empathy. Let me give you one quick example that I use constantly in my email follow-ups with SEO prospects. I asked them a question to elicit a "no" rather than a "yes" answer. For example, "did you decide to take the project in a different direction?" Or how about this one, "did SEO get sidelined for this year? Now people don't want to say yes because that's kind of cringe-worthy or embarrassing. So conventional wisdom might tell you to try to elicit a yes from a prospect, but in this case, Chris’s advice is to go for the opposite. And all I gotta say is, it works. Negotiation is an essential part of every job, not just sales and not just marketing. I promise you this episode will deliver massive value to not just your business, but also to your personal life. Enjoy!
Persuasion, the ability to persuade. It's a core skill that every entrepreneur should be adept in. Without it, you'll probably find it hard to raise capital, attract clients, or even close a sale. Thankfully, becoming a master persuader is relatively straightforward. All you have to do is invest a little time and effort into learning a few basic principles, six of them to be exact. Those principles are outlined beautifully in the bible of persuasion, the book, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, by our guest today Dr. Robert Cialdini or Bob as he likes to be called by. These universal principles of persuasion are as follows. Number one, reciprocity. We tend to reciprocate even if we really don't want to. This isn't just because of social pressure, it's in our genes even. Hare Krishna, for example, want to give you a flower, but you'll go out of your way to avoid them so you don't get stuck with a flower you don't even want and feel obligated to make a donation. But you will make that donation even though you don't want to because of that social pressure, the law of reciprocity. Number two, scarcity. When it's scarce, we want it more. We see scarcity used to manipulate us with special offers that are time-limited and/or quantity-limited, and it works. Number three, authority. If you are the undisputed guy or gal in your category, the one with the New York Times bestseller or the keynote speaker who's invited to all the big industry events, that status conveys a halo of infallibility and awesomeness on you. Number four, consistency. We want to be consistent with our previously formed opinions even if they're wrong. We don't want to look inconsistent, confused, wishy-washy, even just to ourselves, so we will double down on our stupid original bad calls. Number five, liking. This one seems pretty obvious, but it's insidious. We want to do business with people we like. It's unfortunate if those people are inept, and doubly unfortunate if the person we don't like for some unjustifiable reason is the exact right person for the job. Number six, consensus. This is also known as social proof. There are lots of ways we could have social proof. A client list with impressive names, as seen on logos from the major TV networks and in TV shows, a who's who of celebrity friends. It means basically that you've come preselected which saves me the consumer or client, a lot of time in terms of the due diligence that would normally be required. Fewer calories to burn in our big brains. Bob followed up with this seminal work with another one pre-suasion. I'll let Bob defined pre-suasion for you, but suffice it to say, it's powerful. Whether you're familiar with Bob's work or not, you probably have come across some concepts he developed like social proof because they have become crucial tools for marketers seeking to understand human behavior. Dare I say even a cornerstone to marketing. On this episode number 201, I'm excited to welcome Bob to my show so he can share with you some of his game-changing wisdom backed by hard science and lots of research on human psychology in marketing. If you're looking to understand your market on a deeper and more profitable level, and then to ethically influence them to take the action is right for both them and you, this episode is not to be missed.
98% of the time when I'm asked to speak on stage about SEO, I'm not allowed to sell from stage. Yet my whole reason for being there is to generate leads that will eventually turn into SEO consulting gigs. You can imagine the dilemma. I need some tools, techniques and tips that will help me to be more effective at generating the leads without seeming to be salesy from the stage because otherwise I won't get invited back. Enter Speaking Empire, specifically Dave Vanhoose and Dustin Mathews. Dustin's already been on the show and Dave Vanhoose is our guest in this episode number 157.One example of a technique I learned from Dave was how to give my book away in a powerful way, The Art of SEO, which has a thousand pages. It's a pretty good giveaway but just giving it away is not that impressive. We want to make people run to the stage to get a copy of the book and I learned a cool technique from Dave on how to do that. You're going to learn lots of cool tips and techniques from Dave Vanhoose. He's an author, speak to sell trainer and Co-founder of Speaking Empire. An interesting fact about Dave, he faced complete paralysis at the age of 29. Thankfully, it was only temporary.
Before you step onto a stage to speak, you need to have clarity on two big questions: who your target audience is and what specific problem you solve for them. Once you answer these questions, it’s surprisingly easy to put together a great talk (or webinar, podcast, and so on). It’s when you’re vague and loose with these answers that your talk might meander and not reach anyone. Pat Quinn didn’t get his start as a professional speaker. Instead, he worked as a professional magician for 10 years before deciding to get a “real” job. He became a public school teacher and taught high school for 12 years, during which time he got a degree in brain research and focused on how adults learn. This combination of experiences means he brings both stagecraft and a deep understanding of audiences to his presentations. Tune in to hear his wisdom and learn how to apply it to your own talks and presentations!