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Communicating with Confidence & Increasing Your Value

With Laurie-Ann MurabitoEP 122

Are you ready to create a message that connects with the right people and builds your business, even if you’re a shy introvert? In this episode, our guest is Laurie-Ann Murabito. She was so shy that she couldn’t even look people in the eye. Almost accidentally, she became a public speaker and discovered that even an extreme introvert can overcome stage fright and communicate powerfully and effectively. She is a business mentor and speaking strategist who teaches clients to communicate with confidence, and leverage speaking opportunities to be positioned as the expert, attract high-end clients, and monetize their authority. Laurie-Ann is the best-selling author of Rethink Leadership and Rethink Your Leadership and host of the Be In Demand Podcast.

 

In our conversation, Laurie-Ann shares her story of becoming a public speaker and how she overcame her shyness to achieve success. She encourages you to take the first step towards your goals and share your stories to inspire others. She stresses how the fear of public speaking is something that a lot of people deal with and it can really hold someone back from really taking the plunge and trying to speak in front of an audience. So, if you’re afraid of public speaking, learning how to do it properly can really help you out. Listen and enjoy!

Transcript

[00:01 – 08:07] Opening Segment

• How Laurie-Ann became a powerful speaker

Learn to communicate with confidence and leverage speaking opportunities
The best-selling author of Rethink Leadership and Rethink Your Leadership
• There are three different types of speakers

• Take the first step even if it’s not perfect, and never give up on their dreams.

[08:08 – 23:33] Overcoming Stagefright and Communicate with Confidence

• The fear of speaking can be a barrier to success

It’s important for business owners to learn how to communicate confidently
• How public speaking is a valuable skill and increases business owner’s value

• You don’t have to keep coming up with new stories every time you speak

• Where the fear of being judged comes from

If you’re not part of the inner circle, you’ll be kicked out.
[23:34 – 39:04] Speak Like a Leader Without Stressing

• Why leaders should take baby steps before speaking, be themselves, and ask for feedback

• The key points for a successful public speaking engagement

Having an opening that grabs attention
Providing valuable information in the authority section
Ending with a call to action.
• Becoming a speaker is easy with the right approach

• Integrity is important when delivering speeches as it can help build trust and credibility with audiences

[39:05 – 45:31] Closing Segment

• Why narcissism is a personality trait that makes someone difficult to coach

• Storytelling is an important tool for getting your employees and customers excited about what you do

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Practical Pointers
Dare yourself to do something uncomfortable. You’ll probably find out that nothing bad will happen - and it will become much easier the next time.
When you become a leader, you don’t have to be perfect on Day One; you just need to take that first step. Trust that you’ll get better from there.
Storytelling is a crucial element in getting your employees and customers as excited as you are. Your kids want a bedtime story, not a bedtime statistic; the same is true for people who want to learn about what you do.
The best way to overcome nervousness is preparation. When you feel well-prepared, not only will you do a better job, but you will discover that the nervousness dissipates and turns into excitement.
Don’t overload and overwhelm your audience. You may have a lot to share, but you want your listeners to take action; if you offer too much information during your speech, they won’t know where to begin. Instead, limit yourself to three simple and actionable points.
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Laurie-Ann Murabito

Laurie-Ann Murabito was so shy that she couldn’t even look people in the eye. Almost accidentally, she became a public speaker and discovered that even an extreme introvert can overcome stage fright and communicate powerfully and effectively. She is a business mentor and speaking strategist who teaches clients to communicate with confidence, and leverage speaking opportunities to be positioned as the expert, attract high-end clients and monetize their authority. Laurie-Ann is the best selling author of Rethink Leadership and Rethink Your Leadership and host of the Be In Demand Podcast.

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