Give me a Couple of Hours and I'll Show You Everything You Need to be a Natural, Authentic, Engaging, and Yes, Even Funny Speaker!
I’ve discovered the single best training tool to help you become an amazing speaker...
How would you like to learn a system that will allow you to:
Engage an audience easily and powerfully?
Deal with the unexpected in a way that turns it to your advantage?
Be dynamic and charismatic from the platform?
Quickly create great content?
Tell powerfully engaging stories that make your point?
Develop your natural sense of humor to make your presentations funnier?
Well now you can! I want to introduce it to Crush It. This revolutionary training system will give you the skills to quickly and easily learn how to be a dynamic, engaging, entertaining, and yes, even funny speaker!
Whether you have to occasionally give a presentation for work or are a professional speaker delivering hundreds of speeches a year, whether you are the CEO of a Fortune 500 Company or a student taking classes, speaking is tough!
Do any of the following sound familiar?
You get nervous (or maybe terrified!) even thinking about the speech...?
You feel like you know your stuff but you're not getting ahead at work because you don't speak well...?
You have "great content" but your audience never seems to "get it" (hint: it's not your audience's fault!)...?
You have a reputation for putting your audience to sleep...?
You struggle to come up with content to use in your speech...?
Improvisers must be able to engage and entertain an audience with nothing to rely on but their wits, skill, and experience. It sounds difficult, and yet, night after night, successful improvisers keep audiences watching and laughing for hours straight.
How do they do it? Do they have some magically ability that allows them to entertain?
Successful improvisers are successful because they have learned skills and approaches that let them create instant entertainment.
What you will learn:
Developing a Confident and Fearless Mentality
How to be charismatic and "watchable" from the platform
The 6 mentalities that great improvisers adopt
How to put aside the fear of failure
How to think in terms of moving forward and solutions
Why having an "empty mind" is the key to connecting with your audience
How to project confidence (even when you don’t have any…)
Delivering Content with Style and Energy
Why being yourself is the most important thing you can do (and how to do it!)
The one thing that’s more important than any “platform technique”
A simple way to make sure you take command of the stage
How to add emotion and passion to your speech
How to connect with your audience through real eye contact
A simple way to practice vocal variety – without worrying about what you are saying - so that the audience stays hooked on your speech
Creating Fantastic Content that’s True to You
How to flow with ideas and quickly develop content that you believe in
How to develop and unleash your unlocked creativity
How to generate content much faster and with much less effort than before
How to use your creativity to quickly generate products
How to zero in on the main points of your speech
Why the best content is you yourself
Telling Fabulous Stories
Where to find stories (they are everywhere!)
The three parts all stories must have
How to begin a story so the audience is with you
How to keep a story moving so the audience stays with you
How to make your stories tight with strong endings
The best types of endings to stories
How to end a story that has no ending…(or what to do when the story doesn't "work"
How to connect any two items to make your speech seamless
How to create stories from nothing
How to tie your story into any point you are making
Simple techniques to make your stories come to life by acting them out
Being Amazingly Entertaining and Engaging
The difference between being funny and being entertaining – and which one you should shoot for
Why you should dump “jokes” – especially those created by somebody else
A simple method to naturally increase your sense of humor
Why being willing to be un-funny can make you funny
Why focusing on the mystery and unexplored is so powerful
How to deal with failed attempts at humor
Techniques to make sure the audience is on the same page as you with your humor
Being Unshaken to Unexpected Surprises
How to have the right mentality to “go with the flow”
How to use interruptions to your advantage, instead of being thrown by them
Why you must be “an expert” and know your content to flow
How to flow and turn on a dime
What to do if you lose your place
What to do if the audience interrupts (cell phone, dropped glass, etc)
How to deal with questions you don’t know the answer to
How to handle situations where your time gets cut at the last minute
How to deal with hecklers or challenging people
What is improv?
Improv is a set of exercises, principles and a “mindset” that has you think spontaneously and creatively (note this is my own definition that I’ve come up with after having spent 4 days doing it- feel free to add your own definition in the comments). By practicing the exercises you condition your brain to come up with ideas spontaneously and to use story structure, physicality, humour and emotion. The principles encourage and channel your creativity and the “mindset” has you give it a go and be willing to fail.
How can improv improve you as a speaker?
Improv is such a fascinating study of the unexpected! Yes it’s used by many to help them to think on their feet, have quick retorts to an event. The cool thing is that improv can help generate ideas and improve your material during the preparation phase of working on a speech or presentation. In particular, you can make the stories you tell much more engaging.
1. Advance and expand
Everything you say should either advance the action or expand on a specific event or emotion in the story. If you’re expanding on a point, it should either be funny or add to the audience’s understanding or feelings for the story. If it doesn’t, chuck it out. Keeping the action of a story moving forward is critical.
You can do this as well with a partner, shouting out “expand” or “advance”. Although they’ll be certain times when it makes sense to shout expand or advance, it’s not that critical. The point of the exercise is to play with your story in unpredictable ways and see what you generate as a result. If you’re a more advanced improv practitioner do add your views on this in the comments.
2. Demonstrate rather than describe emotion
Emotion is a great way of increasing audience engagement in a story. Most people will state the emotion, angry, sad, happy, versus demonstrating it. When there is emotion in your story, act it out, take it over the top. Don’t worry about censoring yourself. Allow what wants to emerge to do just that, emerge.
3. Develop the characters in your story
Having characters and acting them out is a useful thing to do when telling a story. However, most people do it wrong. Most people tell a story from beginning to end. They tell it, improv helps you to show the story. Acting out what characters are saying. Bringing the story to life on stage with characters, locations, a scene. This helps the audience to be there with you experiencing the moment with you fully.