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Behind-The-Scenes Public Speaking Training for a TEDx Talk with Dr. Katherine Helm

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We all could be more successful in our relationships.

Dr. Katherine Helm is a professor of psychology and a practicing psychologist. She has authored several publications about couples’ issues.

Dr. Helm reached out to me for coaching before her TEDx Talk on how to revolutionize your relationship.

She agreed to let you watch along.

It’s fitting, because she’s a professor, that even in a moment she was being taught, she is teaching – because you can learn from this!

Here is a peek inside our public speaking coaching session.

We talk about facial expressions, why it’s important to get vulnerable, attributions, storytelling, how to make sure the audience doesn’t get lost, and more.

I learned a lot from Dr. Helm – and I know you will too.

Here’s what you’ll learn in this episode: 

✔️ Have a natural performance quality. Facial expressions can get lost and forced, especially when you’ve practiced the same piece repeatedly. Be conscious as you speak to naturally convey the emotion when needed.

✔️ Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable. Being on stage is a golden opportunity for you to show your authentic self. Share the most intimate (and necessary) details of your story to create a lasting impact.

✔️ Present real-world examples. Bring the audience closer to your story before they can say, “I can’t relate.” This helps them connect your message to their experiences and deeply understand the core of your speech.

✔️ Assume your audience knows nothing. When mentioning celebrities or prominent figures, give a title or a description so they won’t feel out of the loop. Present all the important facts of your story along with the emotions your past self would have felt. Act as if your audience is your therapist.

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P.P.S. I created a training program for healthcare professionals who need to discover their message and story, deliver it clearly, succinctly, and confidently, and present in a way that intrigues, entertains and keeps the audience’s attention. Share it with your friends in healthcare. Check it out even if you’re not in healthcare. The tips and tricks are universal. Click here to learn more.

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