Improve your Ability to Succeed and Lead by Becoming a Strong Public Speaker - with J.Michael Collins
Why is it that successful people get further in their careers and lives, and are able to make a greater impact on their communities or industries than others? Is it that they employ more efficient systems? Work with stronger teams? Have a better work/life balance? Maybe they got a leg-up early? Is it just luck?
Many successful people have talent, drive, expertise and experience that allows them to get ahead. And their systems, teams and yes, even luck can factor into their success. But a big differentiator between the moderately successful and wildly impactful is their ability to confidently communicate their vision and mission.
We’ve all seen this in action. Carefully crafted and adroitly delivered messages can be the key to unlocking empathy, stirring excitement, spreading knowledge, and promoting a shared dream. Those who do it well have a secret weapon – they are exceptional public speakers.
Public Speaking - Turn your Greatest Fear into Your Strongest Asset
Perhaps this has happened to you. It’s time to give that presentation or speech to a group of people (doesn’t matter the size) in-person or online and suddenly you feel like your mouth is made of cotton. Your stomach is doing crazy flips. Your palms are sweating and maybe you even feel lightheaded. You’d almost rather face a charging bull than speak in front of a crowd.
In many professions and quite a few areas of life, being adept at communicating your ideas clearly in front of a group of listeners is an essential skill and can often be the secret ingredient to successfully collaborating, growing your business, advancing in your career, or forming essential relationships. Being a confident public speaker can help you to teach, advance ideas, find consensus, and move others to take action. But it also requires you to stand in front of an audience and not be overwhelmed by your greatest fear.
If the idea of public speaking terrifies you, you are perfectly normal and absolutely not alone. In fact, the fancy term for this is glossophobia and tends to present in anticipation of speaking in public. And while it is hyperbole to state it’s everyone’s biggest fear, a person with glossophobia can experience a dry mouth, weak voice and uncontrollable body shaking when faced with facing a crowd.
This manifestation of fear can be devastating, preventing you from sharing your ideas, presenting solutions, explaining concepts or leading teams. It can limit your personal and professional advancement and limit the impact you can have on others and the world.
It doesn’t need to be this way.
The confidence that comes with mastering the art of public speaking can tear down the walls that keep you from reaching your fullest potential. It can free you from gnawing self-doubt. It can allow you to relax and focus on your message, rather than your insecurities. It can be your biggest asset.
Advantages to Working with A Seasoned Public Speaking Coach
Those who experience fear, hesitation or mild anxiety around public speaking, who perhaps know they can perform better, but nervousness holds them back, or anyone longing to let go of their anxiousness about public speaking can substantially benefit from working with a public speaking coach.
An accomplished public speaking coach like J. Michael Collins, who has coached and advised speakers from a wide variety of industries on how to expertly present to packed ballrooms, on earnings calls, in interviews with the media, and other public speaking opportunities can help to:
- Identify the experiences or obstacles that are feeding your insecurities around public speaking
- Conquer the fears of addressing audiences that are holding you back in your career
- Transform anxiety into poise and make a solid first impression
- Deal with high-pressure speaking situations with calm and confidence
- Entertain, intrigue and engage any audience in any venue, whether in-person or online
- Sharpen your message’s effectiveness
- Boost your relatability and gain authenticity from your spoken performance
- Develop the verbal and nonverbal skills to make public speaking your superpower
- Win over audiences with a combination of likability and authority
- Anticipate your audience’s questions and objections, and prepare precise answers
- Master teleprompters, monitors or visual aids with ease
- Turn rehearsal time into a powerful and dynamic tool
- Elevate your public speaking skills to “extraordinary”
- Identify and optimize speaking opportunities that advance your career
Public Speaking Training Expertly Tailored to your Specific Needs
Not everyone is paralyzed with fear when asked to speak in front of an audience. Perhaps you simply lack the refinement and ease that comes with iteration and practice. Public speaking training expertly tailored to your specific needs is certain to take your skills to the next level.
J. Michael’s coaching is adeptly tailored to each client’s unique goals, skill deficits, mindset and speaking opportunities.
Should your comfort-level and composure on stage, in interviews, or other moments in front of an audience need attention, a focus on performance skills such as key body language and vocal dynamics techniques coupled with relaxation and confidence building will enhance your tools for engaging your audience with authenticity and assurance.
If it’s your message that needs work, J. Michael’s talent for writing and performing copy will help you find the weak spots in your script and improve its effectiveness.
Are you okay in a room, but completely lost on Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or other virtual stages? His coaching can help you bring your in-person charisma to the small screen with proven verbal and non-verbal strategies, frameworks, tips, and tools for delivering a compelling performance from a physical, psychological, and practical perspective.
Using confident, comfortable public speaking skills, your goal is to hold an audience’s rapt attention while delivering your message so that it will resonate and remain with your listeners long after you’ve left the podium. Having the ear of a capable, seasoned coach to refine your message can help you approach speaking in front of audiences with less anxiety and more surety.
No matter where you’d like to focus, J. Michael has a successful track-record helping clients get to the level where clear and confident communication is their norm. His coaching can help anyone who desires to achieve new levels of visibility and impact, no matter the venue or subject matter, through their public speaking experiences.
Gain Confidence and Master Public Speaking by Coaching with J. Michael Collins
The key to re-framing or removing your fear and effectively delivering your message, presenting yourself in a manner that exudes competence, authenticity, authority and earns you a preeminent position as an influential leader in your field is confidence. Working with an insightful and experienced coach can hone your personal style and professional appeal, and mold an authentic relatability to impact any venue from high-stakes presentations to community outreach, keynotes, TedTalks town halls, and all-hands meetings.
J. Michael Collins has been using his voice to help companies and brands share their visions, stories and missions for more than 25 years. His career as a voice actor, featured in over ten thousand commercials and countless thousands of brand films and narrations, has expanded over time to include a robust public speaking calendar as well. His well-rounded background includes an intrinsic knowledge of economics, business, public relations, communications, and American and International politics.
For years, J. Michael has been a go-to expert and much sought-after presenter. He brings to his coaching an expertise gained from his repeated appearances as a keynote or featured speaker at such live and virtual events as The One Voice Conference USA, The One Voice Conference UK, Voice (Los Angeles), VO Atlanta, That’s Voiceover and The Voice Arts Awards (Los Angeles & New York), The VOcation Conference (New York), The Midwest Voiceover Conference, The Mid-Atlantic Voiceover Conference (Washington, DC), VO North (Toronto), Voiceover Mastery (Los Angeles), and numerous others.
With a political science degree in his back pocket and decades of success in business voicing for hundreds of candidates in every party from Democratic to Republican, Libertarian, Green, or even the United States Pirate Party, (yes, that’s a thing), he understands the high pressure that can sometimes come with public speaking as in the campaign, debate, and election processes.
Add that to his broad experience in serving a wide variety of industries in areas from advertising to promotion, imaging, casting, and production to educational offerings on a broad spectrum of subjects and technical complexities, just to name a few.
J. Michael has worked with leaders from many of the top brands in the world to draw on a wide base of knowledge in their area, and you will benefit from his unique perspective to better the outcome of your appearance at any public speaking event.
Confidently present yourself in a manner that exudes relatability, authenticity, competence, and authority, and remove the anxiety and insecurity to master public speaking and make a lasting impact on your community or industry.