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Own the Microphone

Dec 10, 2020

Own The Microphone Episode 14

Get Out of Your Head and Tap Into Their Hearts

Guest: Debbie Allen

On this week's episode of Own The Microphone, Bridgett McGowen welcomes Debbie Allen, an international speaker who has spoken in 28 countries, who is the author of 9 books, and who knows how to own the microphone. Debbie and Bridgett discuss how a person influences others through public speaking, what are some strategies that Debbie has found always work no matter the speaker, common mistakes that speakers make, and more.

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How does a person influence others thru public speaking?
Debbie Allan: "This is the time to embrace the skill of public speaking because you can go online. You don't have to walk on a stage, and get used to this modality then move into that when you're more comfortable."
What are some strategies that Debbie Allan has found work well no matter who the speaker is?
Most people who are uncomfortable speaking in front of others start the presentation saying how they don't like speaking and how they are nervous, and go on and on about themselves. Do not do this. Your stories need to connect to your audience.
A.B.C. Assertion, Body of Evidence, Call to Action
What is a big mistake that speakers make that you should try to avoid at all costs?
Have a page on your website with a link to a folder with pictures of yourself and a bio that event planners can access and use with ease.
What is a big mistake with delivery when it comes to presenting that people make?
Something will always go wrong. Do not get worked up and flustered.
Debbie Allan: "Right now is the best time to say yes. Step up. If somebody is not asking you to speak, than create your own audience."
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