Have you ever been inspired by someone’s speech? In this Expert Insight Interview, Joe Yazbeck discusses leadership quality communication. Joe Yazbeck is an internationally respected author, speaker, and leaders’ communication trainer. He is also a founder, president, and CEO of Prestige Leadership Advisors.
The interview discusses:
- How to practice public speaking
- Virtual Public Speaking
No Drill, No Skill
True leaders have a different level of communication than the rest of the people. No matter if they speak in the private room or on the stage with an enormous audience, they speak to inspire and to own the situation. Leaders such as Steve Jobs and Elon Musk are naturally very extroverted and expressive, so their speeches go against all the norms. However, public speaking is a skill that can be learned and even, perfected. Consistency in exercising speaking skills can make anyone more comfortable and a better public speaker. The more practice you have the more naturally speaking will come and once frightening situations such as someone asking a hard question will become less scary. There is a satisfaction in perfecting something you were bad at once. Many people use the excuse that they are introverts, but the truth is nobody was born as an introvert. People choose to become introverts, and in the same way people can choose to go out and spend more time around others. When we become comfortable around people, speaking around people will become easier as well.
Nowadays, there is a need for excelling in online speaking. Many people are reluctant to speak through lap-tops because they suddenly become very self-aware on the camera. When you have a Zoom meeting, for example, it is important to unmute your video and audio to enhance your presence and to engage with the audience. One big IT company for instance makes a podcast type interview in which it’s business development director and IT chief answer questions from the employee audience. This is a great example of making the audience engaged and active. The key to quality communication is not to over talk but to ask the right questions to make the audiences intrigued and then to give them enough time to process the thought and get interested to hear more. The more you think of it as a regular conversation between you and the audience the more naturality and connection you will produce from it. And the connection you create between you and the audience will create a sense of authenticity with the topic you discuss.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.