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Michael Gelb: …that preparation is most of the game

Nobody Told Me! – Michael Gelb: …that preparation is most of the game

Hosts Jan Black and Laura Owens interview Michael Gelb.

Michael Gelb is an international best-selling author of How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci. His latest book, Mastering the Art of Public Speaking: 8 Secrets to Transform Fear and Supercharge Your Career.

  • [1:05] – Michael Gelb states that most presentations are boring and ineffective. The main reason for this is because of the fear of public speaking.

  • [1:53] – 74 percent of people suffer from the fear of public speaking. Michael Gelb says that most people get butterflies when it comes to public speaking, but the secret is to focus on making a presentation creative, entertaining, and enjoyable. One of the main things that Michael Gelb has helped people do for the last 40 years is to get people to think of themselves as professional presenters.

  • [4:04] – Michael Gelb talks about accepting your fear and not trying to overcome it. Acknowledging your fear is all about thinking public speaking is an art form and a skill.

  • [6:42] – How do you see yourself as a professional presenter? Michael Gelb states that you learn to coach yourself to turn the anxiety of public speaking to excitement for the opportunity of speaking.

  • [7:45] – Think about your audience to whom you are presenting. If you fear public speaking, you tend to think about yourself and the anxiety you face, but it is not about you. You are speaking to an audience, and how can you make the experience fun for the audience.

  • [8:05] – Write down three things that you want the audience to know by the end of the presentation. Add to your list how you want the audience to feel and what actions they should take.

  • [10:17] – Michael Gelb talks about shifting your mindset to the audience; it takes the focus off of your butterflies. When we become others-minded and focus on meeting other people's needs, your butterflies start to fly in formation.

  • [10:40] – Laura states that when she faces a public speaking opportunity, she gets so nervous that everything she wants to say and convey is gone from her mind before she starts. Michael Gelb's advice for her is to make a mind map of the presentation. When you make a mind map, it incorporates visual aids to remember the message of your presentation.

  • [13:06] – Michael Gelb shares his own experience as being a professional juggler. He juggled in front of an audience of 100,000 people, and he dropped the balls. He uses that experience to drive his studies towards stress and anxiety with presenting.

  • [14:09] – When those stress and anxiety hormones kick in, what do you do then? Michael Gelb says you need to give yourself a DOSE of Dopamine Oxytocin Serotonin Endorphins. In his book, he goes through practical step-by-step practices to stimulate the DOSE hormones.

  • [18:47] – An example of a DOSE practical step is to start to give your speech slacked jawed. Michael Gelb explains that if you talk like an idiot before you go on stage, you are less likely to speak like one when you are on stage. You cannot help but laugh at yourself.

  • [20:41] – Another example of a DOSE practical step is starting the day you are presenting with a workout. A workout will relax you before your presentation.

  • [21:34] – Laura posed the question of whether people who are excellent speakers in a typical workday environment stayed excellent speakers even when there isn't a crowd. For Michael Gelb, he has found that he has to tune in to the audience, even on Zoom. He states that you must be intentional when you are speaking on a video conferencing platform like Zoom.

  • [27:11] – Michael Gelb states that even the audience is often nervous. So, it is the speaker's job to put the audience at ease and let them know that they are in an enjoyable, welcoming, supportive environment that is about learning.

  • [31:33] – Michael Gelb says that the audience can't tell if a speaker is nervous. Most audience members are too interested in their own lives to pay attention to a speaker fully.

  • [33:43] – Nobody Told Me! – For Michael Gelb, no told him that he actually had to prepare his presentation. The business presentation didn't go well, and it was a good life lesson for the future.

  • [35:44] – Michael Gelb states that speakers will never compromise your effectiveness by simplifying your material. He calls it Optimal Simplicity, the idea of finding the balance between complex material and how you want your audience to receive that material.

  • [37:43] – Michael Gelb's contact information.

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