Digital Women’s Network is very excited to again partner with John Yeo to bring his course on ‘Presenting with Confidence’ to you. In lead up to the impactful day, John shares his thoughts on the challenges and value of being able to speak confidently in public.
1. What are the major barriers people have to speaking in the boardroom or in public?
In general, most people don’t prepare enough. They need to be clearer about what they say and how that impacts or influences the listener. Other factors include self awareness, lack of clarity for what they want their audience to do next and prioritising content and visuals over being memorable and engaging.
2. How do you define speaking confidence?
The ability to say the right thing at the right time in the right way to the right person.
3. Not many Women in leadership I’ve come across invest in their speaking skills- I think this can hold them back, what is your take on that Jon?
I don’t think it’s a priority for women primarily because they don’t have the same opportunities as men in the workplace. That’s changing.
I think the drive to lead from the front, is less prevalent in women. They are more collective in their thinking and work practice. They are also self conscious.
Everyone, especially women need to learn to speak well. We spend a lifetime learning to read and write well and if you lost both skills you would still get by. Not so with speaking.
Communicating well, on and off stage, is a leadership skill that drives effectiveness, unity, and clarity of mission. Buffett claims it’s worth an additional 50% to your career earnings.
If you need to influence, unify and inspire other people day to day, speaking is the only way that can do this well.
4. What makes an inspirational presentation?
Our responsibility is not to inspire, it’s to lead but an inspirational leader is able to consistently and effectively connect with the listener with a common vision.
5. Why do leaders need to learn how to Present and Pitch?
I think this is the same question as above. Leaders get results. Pitching and presenting is a not negotiable skill. Would you as a leader be able to connect and engage with an audience (even if it’s one person?) That one person may even be yourself. Do you have a process to do this consistently?
6. What would you say to someone who is scared to present? what are the benefits?
Fear of speaking is a function of two things. Not enough preparation and an unbalanced focus on yourself as a speaker. Anxiety and excitement are the opposites of the same coin. Knowing that makes a big difference. If you focus on serving an audience, nerves tend to subside.
The benefits are huge, unity of vision, clarity of mission, sense of ownership, team engagement, less confusion, more direction.
7. I recall a scary fact that you mentioned way back when you did the event for us that 100% of all the drop off in the final throws of TEDx are women! Can you please tell me about this and why you think this is the case?
I need to enrol twice as many women for our stage as men to get gender parity on stage. It’s a scary thing to do speak on a TEDx stage.
Men decide and commit even if nervous because ego drives them forward.
For women, where leading from the front is not their natural state, other “priorities” take precedence. This includes family, time and the need to structure an strong focused argument. I know this sounds cliched but these are the honest reasons I’m given.
8. What is the percentage of women investing in speaking coaching?
I don’t have an exact answer to this. I don’t think this percentage is different but the reason is.
If you run a course on common goals and purpose, the class is majority women. If you run that same course on leadership, branding and team engagement you will get mostly men.
However men will invest more time and money to the skill. They realise it’s their differentiator in the Board Room.
We are honoured to partner with Jon Yeo to give all current and future leaders the opportunity to attend our full day bootcamp course “Present Confidently” May 26th, 2018. Jon Yeo is the curator of TEDx Melbourne, Speaker Coach and Licence holder. Jon will help to shape and inspire YOU, learn how to turn your ideas into a succinct, engaging pitch or presentation to any audience (team, client or potential client).
If you are looking to create a message that helps you identify, clarify and articulate a brand story in a compelling and engaging way this bootcamp is for you!
Jon Yeo will work with you in an all-day workshop to design a message that connects with your audience. Plus a 1hr follow up to share the brand message as a standard template. You can use it with all your communications with your team and clients.
At the end of the program you will have:
- A clear, compelling message for your audience (team, client or potential client)
- A way to consistently deliver a brand story to your clients/audience
- Speaking confidence
- A flexible preparation model to manage different audience types and talk lengths
- Universal principles on great communication that can be replicated across the business
Come and work with one of the best curators in the world Jon Yeo.
Contact us to find out more, order your information pack and join us for this event.
- Saturday, 26h May 2018
- 8:30am to 5:00pm
- 3/530 Collins Street, Melbourne
- Book ASAP to avoid disappointment.
- Includes, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
- Only a few spaces still available
- Limited spaces, so get your ticket today!
We look forward to seeing you there! Tickets https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/pitch-like-a-ted-talker-with-jon-yeo-digital-womens-network-tickets-39210842686
Organized by :
Digital Women’s Network
3/530 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000
Walk away with the key tools to deliver your next business Pitch and Engage with your audience, on a stage, in front of colleagues or in public.