The Speaker's Secrets
By Edrico Ambrister
The Speaker's Secrets is a weekly podcast for people who want to improve their public speaking and communications, and their lives in general. Your host, Edrico Ambrister, offers practical and easy-to-apply tips and strategies that will boost your confidence, allowing you to flourish in any speaking situation.
Tune in for solo shows, expert interviews and special segments that will enhance your skills. If you're ready to level up, you've come to the right place!
Tune in for solo shows, expert interviews and special segments that will enhance your skills. If you're ready to level up, you've come to the right place!
172: Celebrating MLK
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a revolutionary leader, an undefeated pioneer in the right for civil rights. In this episode, through celebrating his life — we receive information and inspiration that will transform our own.
January 17, 2022
171: Intentions, Not Resolutions
Let's throw out New Year's Resolutions and focus on INTENTION. This episode gives us a solid framework to master our 2022, and honestly, the rest of our lives.
January 10, 2022
170: Happy 2022!
Happy new year!!! 🎉
January 03, 2022
169: Run It Back
Digest it. Internalize it. Bask in it. Learn it. Live it. Be it. https://www.instagram.com/thespeakerssecrets/
December 20, 2021
168: Mental Health and Communication with Stephen Thompson
Stephen J. Thompson was born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas. He's the Chief Mental Health Officer and Founding CEO of Thompson Counseling & Consulting; a counseling and organizational consulting firm virtually based in The Bahamas. Stephen is a trained Clinical Forensic Psychologist and Psychotherapist and has a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Forensic Psychology. Stephen is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Organizational Leadership & Development. His research is focused on Corporate Social Responsibility and Employee Wellness through the lens of the intersectionality of Mental Health and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, with an emphasis on Gender and Gender Equality. Stephen has extensive mental health experience in treating individuals, couples, adolescents, and families with a broad range of mental health-related and other related challenges. Join Stephen and me and we have this enlightening discussion about how mental health and communication are intertwined, and what we need to know about them. Find Stephen at: Website - https://thompson-cc.com/ LinkedIn - https://bs.linkedin.com/in/stephen-thompson-m-a-qmhp-7aaba45a?trk=public_profile_browsemap Instagram - https://instagram.com/thompson-tcc
December 13, 2021
167: When All Else Fails
When the spotlight is on you, when push comes to shove, when you're expected to perform — you need something easily accessible to reference to be successful. This episode takes all the guess work out and simplifies it for you.
December 06, 2021
166: But What Really Matters?
It's time to take stock of where we're truly putting our energy.
November 29, 2021
165: Thanks for the Little Things
This episode presents a framework for lifelong inner peace through giving thanks for the little things.
November 22, 2021
164: How to Deal With Changes & Transitions
One thing about life: it's gonna bring some changes. Point blank, period. Sometimes these transitionary periods are difficult to deal with. Think about losing a loved one, or a finding out about a new health concern. How do we navigate the waters of change? This episode holds those insights.
November 15, 2021
163: How To Get the Job
In this episode, I share the strategies that helped me to secure a new job. Perfect episode for job seekers. And even if you aren't looking for work, these tips will assist you in effectively vocalizing your strengths and accomplishments. | Check out the Self Made Millennial YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/IV30jAw7dxA
November 08, 2021
162: Taking The Leap / Where Are You Settling?
Really think. Are there places in your life where you're settling for less than you deserve? Think again. When was the last time you made a leap out of your comfort zone. In this episode, I share a major life change that has forced me to evaluate these questions — and will help you as well.
November 01, 2021
161: It's Time To Sit
In the midst of everything we have going on, this episode invites us to sit, feel and reflect.
October 18, 2021
160: What To Do When You Don't Feel Like It
I'd be lying if I say I always feel like doing what it is I need to do. Many times, motivation is fickle, and sometimes adulting is annoying. So — how do you get things done (well) in those moments where motivation is scarce, and you don't feel like doing anything at all? The answers lie within this episode.
October 11, 2021
159: When Was The Last Time?
We hear it all the time: life is short. But do we really internalize this? We can literally be here today and gone tomorrow. With this in mind, it's imperative that we make a conscious choice to enjoy our lives while we have it. This episode forces us to ask, "When was the last time?"
October 04, 2021
158: Slow It Down
We tend to speak more quickly when we're nervous. It's natural. But — speaking too quickly can cause make us seem jittery and unprepared, and not allow our audience to fully grasp what we're putting down. It works against us. This episode uncovers tactics that help us in slowing down our communication and perfecting it.
September 27, 2021
157: Keep Them In Mind
How does it feel when you're being ignored? What about... when someone else just thinks about themselves and doesn't consider your feelings? I agree: it feels horrible. Knowing this — ANYTIME we speak, we ALWAYS need to keep our audience in mind. This episode provides 3 super simple ways to do this. It doesn't require much effort from you, but it'll make a huge difference to those on the other end.
September 20, 2021
156: Don't Shoot Yourself in the Foot
As communicators, there are things we can do and say that cause us to shoot ourselves in the feet before we start walking (figuratively speaking, of course). This episode delves into what this looks like, but more importantly, how to avoid doing this so that credibility is all others see and feel.
September 13, 2021
155: Setting Those Boundaries
An important factor on our road to health, wealth and success in communication and public speaking is our ability to set boundaries. This episode forces us to look at the areas where we need to redirect our time and energy to continue to emerge as our best selves.
September 06, 2021
154: What's Your One Thing?
I would really like to know 👀
August 30, 2021
153: Don't Neglect Your Self Care
A timely message that we all need right now.
August 23, 2021
152: Beating Impostor Syndrome
Impostor Syndrome is something that we ALL face. (Yes, even Michelle Obama and Albert Einstein). It's when we underestimate our skills, our talents, and our worth. While Impostor Syndrome isn't our fault, it's reality - and we need to learn how to overcome it in order to be our best selves. This episode not only explains what this syndrome is, but provides easy-to-apply tactics to overcome it and be the powerhouse that you are. Tune in for those gems 💎
August 16, 2021
151: The Power of One
How do you produce when you don't feel like it? How do find positivity when negativity seems to cloud your thoughts? How do you find purpose in every day, no matter what? The Power of One. In this episode, Edrico expounds on how this philosophy helps you continue pushing forward, even in your darkest moments.
August 09, 2021
150: Speak Your Way to Cash with Ashley Nicole Kirkwood
Ashley Nicole Kirkwood is an exceptional professional relied upon for her legal expertise and business savvy supporting both billion-dollar brands and emerging businesses to provide strategic legal advisory services. After graduating top of her class at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and going to trial around the country for Fortune 100 corporations, Ashley left her mid-six-figure salary to launch her own corporate law firm, Mobile General Counsel. Now, Ashley runs both a law firm and a speaking business, Speak Your Way To Cash where she helps thought leaders and speakers how to land five and six-figure corporate licensing deals. Through her law firm, Mobile General Counsel, she helps entrepreneurs with critical elements of their business such as trademarks, intellectual property, employment law, diversity & inclusion, negotiations, and contracts. When Ashley speaks, crowds listen, gaining recognition throughout her career from Forbes, The Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, The American Lawyer, The Jam, Black Enterprise, and many more. Find out more about Ashley at ashleynicolekirkwood.com and speakyourwaytocash.com.
August 02, 2021
149: Start Now, Start Simple with Dan Ram
Dan Ram travels the globe as an Event MC & Speaker at over 100 events a year. Hosting changemakers like President Barack Obama, billionaire founders Sir Richard Branson and Reid Hoffman, F1 champion Nico Rosberg, and Grammy-winning artists and celebrities, he works on 4 continents from college campuses to parliaments to in-house corporate innovation days for Fortune 500 companies to the biggest tech conferences in the world. His passion is to inspire people with his motto 'Start Now Start Simple' in building a future we all want to live in. Find more about Dan here: www.iamdanram.com and @iamdanram on all social media platforms LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/iamdanram Instagram: www.instagram.com/iamdanram Facebook: www.facebook.com/iamdanram Twitter: www.twitter.com/iamdanram Youtube: www.youtube.com/iamdanram Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Whatsapp: +183255253535
July 26, 2021
148: How to Create Content (Consistently)
In 2021 (and beyond), consistently creating content is the name of the game. But how do you put yourself in a position to continuously churn out great ideas without feeling overwhelmed? That's what this episode is for. I share the tips that have helped me to reach almost 150 podcast episodes, with more to come. Follow The Speaker's Secrets on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thespeakerssecrets/ You can support me and the podcast with a small donation :) https://anchor.fm/thespeakerssecrets/support Send in your feedback or questions with a voice message, here: https://anchor.fm/thespeakerssecrets/message
July 19, 2021
147: Bring the Breath
Without your breath, you wouldn't be alive. It's literally your life essence. But many times, we take our breath for granted. We often don't pay attention to it... It's just there. This episode will challenge you to bring the breath; I'll show you how paying attention to something so small (but crucial) will pay some gigantic dividends.
July 12, 2021
146: It's All About the Voice with Valerie Gabail
Today’s guest is Valerie Gabail! Valerie is the founder and director of the Professional Voice Trainer. She draws on her twenty-five-year performance career in the Classical Music industry as an international soloist to provide singing, voice and presentation skills coaching to singers, actors and business professionals. Her pedagogy uses a wide range of voice, movement and acting approaches to help clients develop their unique spoken style and become more confident and inspiring speakers. Join me and Valerie as we have an enlightening conversation this timely and necessary topic. Be sure to check out Valerie’s work: Official website: https://www.valeriegabail.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theprofessional_voice_trainer/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/valerie-gabail/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo-FW8P7JM0zjrU7OvQz6lg You can support The Speaker's Secrets Podcast here: https://anchor.fm/thespeakerssecrets/support
July 05, 2021
145: Become A Lifelong Learner, Not An Expert
Who doesn't want to be an expert? Experts are widely recognized and often times, widely paid. But focusing on becoming an expert can often be short-sighted, especially as the world continues to evolve. In this episode, Edrico talks benefits of focusing on becoming a lifelong learner instead of an expert, and how this mindset shift ultimately solidifies our expertise for the long haul.
June 28, 2021
144: Acting Up! with Eddy Segal (Part II)
Part II of Edrico's conversation with Eddy Segal, founder of Acting Up. Eddy is an accomplished acting coach who uses techniques to help clients overcome communication blocks, harness inner resources and improve performance. In this episode, Edrico and Eddy talk about rejection, not being born with skills and one of the top behaviors to avoid. Check Eddy out and follow him on social media: www.instagram.com/actingupcoach www.facebook.com/actingupcoach www.linkedin.com/in/eddy-segal
June 21, 2021
143: Acting Up! with Eddy Segal (Part I)
3 questions: What's your favorite movie? Who's your favorite actor? Did you know you can use acting techniques to enhance your public speaking and communication? 🤔 Well, you can! I talk with Eddy Segal, founder of Acting Up, about this topic. Eddy is an accomplished acting coach who uses techniques to help clients overcome communication blocks, harness inner resources and improve performance. Check him out and follow him on social media: www.instagram.com/actingupcoach www.facebook.com/actingupcoach www.linkedin.com/in/eddy-segal
June 14, 2021
142: The Human Paradox
Truly one of my favorite episodes yet! 🤩 So, you're a human. And being human is a paradox. Most people don't realize this, though. But if you do, you give yourself the gift of relating to ANYONE on Earth while maintaining your unique individuality. Trust me, just go ahead and tune in. The gold in this episode is waiting behind the play button :-)
June 07, 2021
141: Why We Should Read More
Reading! How do you feel about it? Do you love it? Hate it? Is it thrilling or boring? Whatever your stance, the bottom line is: reading (more) is one of the most useful habits we can develop. It has countless benefits and is a vital part to our mental health and improving our relationships. This episode talks about fun strategies that we can use to read more and love it in the process.
May 31, 2021
140: The Power of Now
How would you feel if I say that the past and the future don't exist, and the way to reduce our suffering is by being in the "now"? It's something to think about. Well, this episode serves as a life-changing tool in your Life Toolkit. By learning how to utilize the present moment and understanding how our mind thrives in the "past" and "future", we can automatically increase the quality of our lives, including our communication and public speaking skills.
May 24, 2021
139: Your Experiences Are Your Greatest Assets - Part II (Life)
Not only do your past experiences give you the edge when it comes to speaking, but they give you an edge in life as well. In the final part of this two-episode series, Edrico delves into what we've encountered in the past set us up perfectly for perpetual advancement and expansion.
May 03, 2021
138: Your Experiences Are Your Greatest Assets - Part I (Speaking)
Everything that you've gone through up to the moment that you're had made you who you are today. Strong. Resilient. You've learned a lot and have a lot of insight to give. Well, there's a way to utilize your life's experiences to enhance your communication and connect with people on a deeper level. This episode shows you how.
April 26, 2021
137: How To Take Breaks Without Feeling Guilty
In a world where overworking is glamorized, taking a break can seem like wasting time. The thing is - you WILL take breaks (you're human). After all, breaks are necessary for a successful, balanced life. But how do you take them without feeling like the whole world is passing you by? Tune in to find out.
April 19, 2021
138: The Invitation to Observe
In an increasingly hectic world, the action of observing seems like it's becoming a lost art. Yet, if we want to make the best of our lives, it's IMPERATIVE that we observe ourselves. No judgment, no animosity, just awareness. When we successfully do this, then we can easily notify where, when and how we need to change. Remember: observation leads to transformation. Let's do this.
April 12, 2021
137: Say NO To Perfection
There are a few things that are guaranteed to mess you up as a speaker and a communicator. One of those things is the need to be perfect. This episode will explain to you why letting go of perfection will not only "take the edge off", but will allow to connect to others in a deeper way.
April 05, 2021
136: Never Underestimate Your Voice
Everything you need to hear is in the episode :) Please listen and internalize this message. If you're reading this - that means it's for you!
March 29, 2021
135: The Toastmasters Challenge
Life is short. When was the last time you tried something new, something that pushed you to be better? This simple challenge might be an excellent start! | Link mentioned in the episode: https://bit.ly/38EgE2o
March 15, 2021
134: How to Stay On Time (IMPORTANT)
Being able to stay on time when you're speaking is one of the golden keys to effective communication. But it can be difficult since our perceptions of time seem to fluctuate. The info in this episode will help you stay on time without blinking twice.
March 08, 2021
133: Baby, It's "You"
We often hear that "there is no 'I' in team". Well, when it comes to communication, there is definitely an 'I'. But there is also a 'you'. If we want to be successful in conversing with others, and strengthening those bonds, it's important to understand why 'you' is better than 'I'. This episode will tell you why.
March 01, 2021
132: The Myth of the Mirror
"Practicing in the mirror." We've all heard about it. We may have been encouraged to do it before. But does it make sense, does it work? If we're practicing for a presentation, does using the mirror actually help us be effective? The answer may not be what you think. Tune in to find out how you can dispel the myth of the mirror going forward.
February 08, 2021
131: Reverence, Period.
When was the last time you had reverence for something? Do you even know what reverence is? Why is it a LIFEHACK, especially when it comes to communication? This episode reminds us why reverence is necessary for communicating at our best, and really, just living our best lives.
February 01, 2021
130: How to Feel Confident When You Don't Really *Feel* Confident
There are times when you have to speak to others, confidently. Could be for an interview, or a presentation for work or school. But how do you speak confidently when you don't really feel confident? It's fairly easy, to be honest. Tune in and find out how. 👌🏾
January 25, 2021
129: 3 Keys to PowerPoint Domination
Using some type of presentation software is one of the surefire ways to enhance your speaking. Here are some 3 tips to keep in mind so you can dominate it every time.
January 18, 2021
128: Make Them Want To Be There
You're an audience member. You don't really want to be in the room or listen to that person speak, but you have to. We've all been there. But how do you approach this situation as a speaker? This episode talks about the things we can do to engage audience members who might not even be interested in the first place.
January 11, 2021
127: 1st Challenge of 2021!
When it comes to improving our public speaking, we don't have to reinvent the wheel. BUT: it is important to understand how the wheel can be improved and adapted to help us succeed. This new year challenge will give us the tools to set ourselves up for greatness this year. | The Negativity Necessity: https://youtu.be/TDqcCcSvDGM
January 04, 2021
126: It's This One Thing...
It's the one thing we need to keep in mind - and focus on - going into 2021.
December 28, 2020
125: Pause and Step Back
Sometimes, in order to move forward, you have to pause and take a step back. This episodes invites you to do that.
December 21, 2020
124: Beat Your Bias!
Are you a biased person? Prejudiced? Are you fair? Objective? [The answer is revealed in this episode ;-).] But there's one thing that EVERYONE should keep in mind: our perceptions affect how we communicate, and how we approach things in our lives. If you want to become a better communicator, it's worth figuring out what biases you have... It will literally change everything.
December 14, 2020
123: A New Look: Time and Productivity
In order to grow, you have to question your old strategies. Is there a better way to do something? Well, this episode suggests just that. There are so many strategies for "manipulating" time to enhance productivity, but there's one I'm sure you haven't heard of before. It's fresh but so simple, you'll never second-guess using it from now on.
December 07, 2020
122: But I Don't Wanna...
Do you always feel like doing things you "have" to do? (I'm guessing that the answer is no.) The same happens with public speaking - we don't always feel like speaking up, doing a presentation, giving our feedback. But we're often in a situation where we must. How do we reconcile these two? How do we still give a powerful, impactful performance when we're not feeling it at all? This episode will tell you. Be sure to tune in.
November 23, 2020
121: "Gone Head and Tell It"
When communicating, there's a shortcut to get people to resonate with you and ultimately remember your message. The shortcut is: stories. Really - if you're communicating with someone who's completely different from you, how do you get your point across? Yes, using a story is the answer. But I talk about it in this episode. Tune in and get the lifehack :)
November 16, 2020
120: Engage 'Em (So You Don't Lose 'Em)
You've listened to boring speakers before. The ones who just present their info without engaging you or even making their content interesting. THIS IS A BIG NO-NO. It doesn't matter what our topic is, we can make our audience feel interested and excited. We do this by engaging them. (And engaging people is QUITE simple, trust me.) This episode will give you all the deets about this strategy that you should be using for the rest of your life.
November 09, 2020
119: Hold Up, Wait A Minute!
Sometimes the most effective strategies are under-used. Pausing is one of them. Tbh, using intentional pauses in your presentation is a foolproof way of taking it up a few levels. It's literally the simplest lifehack and the benefits are unmatched. Tune in to find out how just pausing for a few seconds will automatically give you more intrigue and allure.
November 02, 2020
118: Strengthen Your Creative Muscles
YOU ARE CREATIVE. And it's important to utilize your creativity in public speaking. Here's the good thing - creativity is a skill that can be developed and strengthened. Yes, over time you can become more and more creative. I promise. This episode shares a few strategies you can use to amp your creativity up tenfold and show the world what you're made of.
October 19, 2020
117: How to Add Humor
Do you think you're a funny person or not? Well, your answer doesn't really matter. When it comes to public speaking, humor is a skill that can be learned and improved upon. All you need is strategy. In this episode, I talk about a simple strategy that you can use to catch people by surprise, keep your content intriguing and generate laughs all at the same time.
October 12, 2020
116: 'Fess Up
Giving the illusion of being perfect or always put together isn't helping your communication. People want to know that you can relate... that you're human, that you feel just like they feel. It might be uncomfortable, but when you are committed to vulnerability, watch how things change.
October 05, 2020
115: What Confidence Is(n't)
When you think of confidence, what comes to your mind? Notice that you already have a preconceived notion of what being confident is. What if that notion was different? What if you could be confident without really feeling confident? This episode demystifies this concept... I urge you to tune in. When you realize how simple confidence is, using it becomes a piece of cake.
September 28, 2020
114: Are You Comfortable or Nah?
TBH, the fear of public speaking is rooted in feeling "safe". Humans don't like feeling uncomfortable, whether it's communication-specific, or just related to life in general. But just feeling safe, secure, and certain keeps us in a stagnant state of mediocrity. And you're not a mediocre person right? (Besides, life is never just secure or certain.) So ask yourself... Am I comfortable or nah?
September 21, 2020
113: It's the Little Things.
There's an important lesson for all of us in this episode.
September 14, 2020
We don't place enough value on the art of leaving voicemails. Many times, this is the first impression you make on someone. And this is 100x more important when seeking employment, making business deals etc. When was the last time you had a strategy for leaving voicemails? Well, we all should make it a habit. In this episode, you'll receive lifelong tips on how you can make your messages standout stars, ultimately helping you to get exactly what you want.
September 07, 2020
111: It Ain't You... It's Your Mindset
Listen. You are gifted. Talented. CAPABLE. But when it comes to communication and public speaking... do you believe this? Know it? Or do you tell yourself things like, "I'm not good at this. I'm just not a good communicator." Look, learning about things like eye contact, vocal variety & body language is easy. But it doesn't mean squat if your mindset is f*cked up. In this episode, I talk about 3 mindset shifts we need to make NOW in 2020 if we want to have success in communication going forward.
August 31, 2020
110: Just Keep Going!
Every so often you need a little boost, a pick-me-up. A reminder of how badass you are and why your effort matters. Why you matter. This heartfelt episode will do just that.
August 24, 2020
109: Mini Habits: Why Other Habit Techniques Don't Work
60-77% of people make New Year's resolutions. 8-19% of them only achieve SOME of their goals. Why? Because of our flawed approach to habit formation. We use strategies linked to motivation and willpower to form habits, but they're unpredictable as hell. But you know what does work? Mini habits. Inspired by Stephen Guise, mini habits will LITERALLY change your life forever. This is an episode that can transform you fully if you apply the concept. Tune in and let's ascend!!
August 17, 2020
108: Knowing Your Worth with Dr. Laura Louis
Dr. Laura Louis is a keynote speaker, author and public speaking coach. Having successfully completed hundreds of paid speaking events, many international, Dr. Louis has a lot of useful info to share! Her work has been seen on NBC, PBS, The Wall Street Journal (and more) - and now she's here to share her gems with us. Tune in and find out how just knowing your worth can become profitable for you too. Find more about Dr. Louis at www.couchtopodium.com
August 10, 2020
107: Fear Gon' Be There... Act Anyway
When it comes to communication (and life in general), people get so caught in their fears that they don't move. They stay in their comfort zone. But those that succeed, make an impact, and move forward... they use tactics to keep them pushing in spite of the fear. Tune in and let's level up!
August 03, 2020
106: How to Change Our Pasts
"You can't change the past." "The past is dead and gone." "It's over with." How many times have we heard things like this? Better yet... how many of us believe these statements? Well, I'm here to tell you that we can actually change our pasts. It sounds weird because no one ever shows us how to do it. We live our lives thinking that we're powerless against our pasts. But, go ahead, tune in - and you'll learn a skill that we can use for the rest of our lives.
July 27, 2020
105: Playing A Losing Game
So many of us play a losing game everyday and we don't even realize it. We wake up, get so engaged in this game and then wonder why we feel so unfulfilled, unfinished or so short on time. It's time to opt out of that life. In this episode, I explain what the losing game is and how we can switch to being masters at the winning game instead.
July 20, 2020
104: How to Stop Sabotaging Yourself
So many of us don't need even others to sabotage us... because we already do it ourselves! Over the years, I've become aware of 3 easy but unsuspecting ways that people sabotage themselves (mainly in communication). The 3 practices highlighted in this episode only cause us to kick ourselves when we're down! No bueno. Let's make a promise to eliminate them, keep our heads up, and have our own backs - no matter what.
July 13, 2020
103: Exploring Creativity with Fredrik Haren
Fredrik Haren, the Creativity Explorer, is a global keynote speaker with over 20 years experience. He's spoken to over 1,000,000 people in 70 countries and has delivered keynotes at some of the largest global conferences. Tune in to glean some of Fredrik's most useful insights with funny stories to boot. Find out more about Fredrik at www.fredrikharen.com Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fredrikharen/ Get a FREE copy of "How to Become A Global Keynote Speaker" and a free 5+ hour course on how to master the keynote at www.professionalspeaking.com
July 06, 2020
102: 1 Year of Spanish!
I have officially been learning Spanish for one year. What an life-changing, mindset-altering journey! In this episode, I share my experiences - including why I decided to learn it, my methods for learning, the benefits/lessons I took away and why you should begin learning another language too.
June 29, 2020
101: Part II: No More Boring Public Speaking! with Ivan Wanis Ruiz
This is part 2 of the interview between me and the seasoned Ivan Wanis Ruiz. Ivan is an engaging, energetic speaker who's done tons of hosting and corporate public speaking. Tune in, enjoy yourself, and listen to part 1 if you haven't yet :) Find out more about Ivan at www.publicspeakinglab.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/iwanisruiz LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/iwanisruiz FREE E-BOOK: www.smashwords.com/books/view/387199 - Enter coupon code WA54R.
June 22, 2020
We made it to 100 episodes! Thank you!!!
June 15, 2020
99: Part I: No More Boring Public Speaking! with Ivan Wanis Ruiz
Don't you hate boring speakers and dull presentations? Well, today's guest has made it his mission to end boring public speaking. He brings super fresh perspectives and crazy ideas we can learn from. (Trust me... you'll see what I mean.) Ivan is an engaging, energetic speaker who's done tons of hosting and corporate public speaking. On today's episode, he brings his passion for fun communication to The Speaker's Secrets podcast. Tune in, enjoy yourself and never be boring again! Find out more about Ivan at www.publicspeakinglab.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/iwanisruiz LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/iwanisruiz FREE E-BOOK: www.smashwords.com/books/view/387199 - Enter coupon code WA54R.
June 08, 2020
98: Change. Justice. NOW. This one's for you, #GeorgeFloyd.
There. is. so. much. to. say. I'm sure you've seen the protests and uprisings surrounding the unjust murder of George Floyd. But that's not an isolated event. It was simply the catalyst. People (especially Black folk) want more. We want equality, equity. We want an end to police brutality and senseless killings. We want LIFE. No matter where you're from or who you are, this episode has key concepts that you can apply to enrich your life, and become a helping hand to others. I strongly urge you to tune in. It's so important. https://www.beyonce.com/to-seek-justice-for-george-floyd/
June 01, 2020
97: Quick Tips for Zoom, Skype, etc...
Everything's changed. Instead of meeting in person, videoconferencing is now the new normal (for the foreseeable future). Even with the added barriers of space and device screens, we can still bring our best communication skills to these online meetings. (Super important for virtual interviews!) This episode covers some quick tips you can use the next time you're on a virtual call to make sure your performance isn't lacking in any way, shape or form. Let's get it! · Leave a message or ask your question here: https://anchor.fm/thespeakerssecrets/message
May 25, 2020
96: Forget a Feeling!
Feelings are fickle. They're reliable one moment and gone the next. They can't be trusted! But... they're ever present in our lives; we are, by nature, feeling beings. Tune in to hear the 2 questions you can ask yourself to help your forget your feelings and actually make stuff happen, no matter what.
May 18, 2020
95: Bad Idea: Lacking with the Tracking
Imagine wanting to be better at something... but never getting feedback. You don't know what you're doing well, what you suck at, what people think - NOTHING. Now imagine putting yourself in that situation, when you don't have to. Feedback is necessary for your journey! Don't lack with your tracking.
May 11, 2020
94: A Losing Game: Focusing on the Wrong Faction
Everything in your life is divided into two factions. Focusing on the right one will bring you mountains of personal power, peace and progress. Focus on the wrong one will keep you frustrated, agitated and frankly... powerless. This episode talks about the 3 most important things you lose when you're focusing on the wrong life faction.
May 04, 2020
93: Bad Advice... Excellent Lesson
Sometimes you learn the most helpful and life-changing lessons from the most bizarre situations. In this episode, I talk about how the presidential advice to inject lethal disinfectants into your body can remind all of us why we deserve our own place in this world.
April 27, 2020
92: Eliminate for Efficiency
Have you ever had a million things you had to do (or wanted to) and you didn't know where to begin? Does it sometimes seem impossible to prioritize your tasks and determine where your energy should go? There's a method for that. It's one I've been using for 2 years and I think it's the perfect approach. You can use it beyond prioritizing your to-do list; this is a tool you can use in many areas of your life. I call it eliminating for efficiency.
April 20, 2020
91: Keepin' It Real
When it comes to communication, it's important to keep it real. People relate more to those that are willing to be transparent, clear... and open. This episode is a representation of that.
April 13, 2020
90: The Power of Pomodoro
In my opinion, The Pomodoro Technique is underrated. Not enough people are talking about it. During these times of quarantine and isolation, we can use this technique to help us get more accomplished - in a fun but structured way. (And to be honest, it's a GREAT practice to have when all of this is over, too.)
April 06, 2020
89: Adapt or Die
Honestly... I don't even need a lot of show notes for this episode. The title really says it all.
March 30, 2020
88: The ONE Thing We All Need Right Now
There's a lot going on in the world right now. Everyone is feeling the effects of the changes that are happening daily due to this pandemic. But there's ONE thing we all need right now that can make things better, easier... And it's not hard to get. Tune in to find out what it is and how you can get some.
March 23, 2020
87: You Can't Go Wrong With A Good Story
There are some techniques in communication and public speaking that will always do the trick. A well-timed story is one of them. Humans communicate through stories. They make us feel emotions, they teach us lessons, and they connect us to others. Tune in and find out some ways you can effectively use them. These are life-changing gems. Pay attention, take notes and be sure to put them into action. 😎
March 09, 2020
86: Systems > Goals
Everybody has goals. We want to achieve THIS, I want to achieve THAT. We're obsessed with the end result. But ask yourself: do I have systems in place that will make my goals into reality? Am I in love with the process? If not, it's time to take a step back and truly understand why systems will always, always trump having goals. | James Clear reference: https://youtu.be/g2S2mhOisso
March 02, 2020
85: Networking Made Easy
No matter what you do in this life, networking matters. Effectively connecting and communicating with other human beings is the name of the game if you want to elevate. We need other people, period. But often, networking appears to be this big, scary thing... we hate it, we're not sure how to do it, we unnecessarily obsess over it. It's time for that to stop. I share 4 straightforward tips that will make your next networking experience a walk in the park.
February 24, 2020
83: Don't Get Trapped!
If you're reading this, chances are you care about your development - both personal and professional. You care about sharpening your skills, investing in yourself and being your best. Kudos to you! But people like us who care about their growth can fall into a deadly trap if we're not careful... Don't be one of them. Tune in and find out how to avoid it.
February 17, 2020
82: Worry 'Bout Yourself First...
Let’s face the facts: you can't control how anybody reacts to anything. This rings true for communication especially. Too often, we spend precious time worrying about how others will interpret our message, whether they will agree or not, what they'll think, etc. But if you spend your time there, you're already in a losing battle. This episode tells you why you should worry 'bout yourself first... and it'll show you how.
February 10, 2020
81: Modify Your Mindset
I've observed that there is a mindset many of us have when it comes to public speaking and communication that sabotages us greatly. I see it everywhere - among professionals, students and even myself, sometimes. But this mindset MUST be modified if we expect to be strong, proficient communicators and people. This episode covers what that mindset it is and how we can change it to set ourselves up for success.
February 03, 2020
80: Elevated Awareness: What We Can Learn From Loss
This episode is inspired by the recent tragic situation where we lost a hero of our generation: Kobe Bryant (along with his daughter, Gianna & others). While this STINGS, this is a reminder and wake-up call for us to live more purposefully and mindfully. This episode honors the late Kobe, and reminds us of key truths we should always remember to be the best people and communicators we can be.
January 27, 2020
79: The Allure of Alliteration
Alliteration is awesome. It’s just a small, simple technique that speakers use to have an immense impact on their audiences . (I consider it a heavily underrated lifehack.) What is it? Tune in and find out! We cover: how alliteration makes your presentations flow more smoothly, and review some of the most famous uses of it (including MLK Jr’s “I Have A Dream” speech).
January 20, 2020
78: To Be Liked or Not... 🤔 (Part II)
This episode is the opposite of last week's. Today, we focus on the things you should absolutely avoid if you want to foster connections and strengthen bonds with others. Some patterns are immediate turn-offs, some increase your chances of being viewed as an egotistical asshole... and the list goes on. This episode gives you all the insight you need regarding these oh-so-important things.
January 13, 2020
77: To Be Liked or Not... 🤔
How do you feel about being liked? Do you care about it... or not? Well, it's obvious that we won't be liked about everyone, nor should we necessarily "worry" about being liked. But honestly, being liked isn't a bad thing. In fact, knowing how to connect with others to increase your likeability is a soft skill that will improve your communication, relationships and overall life. This episode gives you 5 simple things you can do to make you a more likeable, relatable human being.
January 06, 2020
76: Elevated Awareness: The Burden of Becoming
What do you want to become in 2020? Who do you want to become? Aiming to "become better" is all fine and dandy, but sometimes we miss the mark. Sometimes, becoming is a burden... And that's because we miss a key part in the process. This episode brings this to light, and explains how you can "become" what you want with ease, without all the pressures that usually come with change.
December 30, 2019
75: Elevated Awareness: The Power of Being PRESENT
There are certain things we can do as human beings that dramatically change the way we experience our own lives. Being present is one of the most important. Every moment we will ever live is the NOW moment. The past will never be regained, and the future always remains the future. By harnessing this realization, you can go from being a helpless victim to your thoughts to consciously creating the life you want to live.
December 23, 2019
74: Why You Need Those Transitions
There's something that often gets left out of the conversation of public speaking: transitions. These words and phrases are may be small... but they make an enormous difference. Transitions make your presentations feel like well-oiled machines; a smooth ride from beginning to end. (And who doesn't like those?) This episode shares the super simple fundamentals of why transitions are important and how you should use them. Learn this and PROSPER.
December 09, 2019
73: Gratitude: The Underrated Gem
Take a second. Think about how grateful you've been lately. If you're anything like the regular person, you could probably use some more gratitude. This underrated gem immediately improves your life for the better when you practice it regularly. With this in mind... Gratitude and public speaking are a winning combo! You can't go wrong here. But: how can showing appreciation cause you to be successful in your communication skills? Tune in to find out, upgrade your life, and flex your public speaking/gratitude muscles all at once.
December 02, 2019
72: The Dimension of Self vs. The Dimension of Others
When it comes to public speaking, there are two dimensions: Self and Others. Both are extremely important, but you can get trapped in the Dimension of Self (and ultimately, your comfort zone). If you're not careful, the Dimension of Self will cause you to be in a repetitive loop of stagnancy. But then there's the Dimension of Others. You'd be surprised at how your public speaking and communication skills fluorish when you focus and operate from here. This episode introduces some new perspectives about how focusing on others will propel us way more than focusing on ourselves can.
November 25, 2019
71: Return of the Mack: Lessons Learned
Sometimes, life happens when you're not prepared. And life happened to me. For the past few weeks, I've been unable to upload any new content (explained in this episode). As painfully excruciating as it was, this short period taught me a lot. I learned 3 lessons that I will take into 2020 and beyond. More importantly, I get to share them with you so we can all level up together. Super excited about this return and what the future holds!
November 18, 2019
70: Being Vulnerable: Why It's Important (In Life and Public Speaking)
At the end of the day, we're all human. Humans with successes, incredible achievements, phenomenal skill, extraordinary potential. Humans with flourishing businesses, well-known brands and unbelievable creative prowess. But we're still humans. Humans who struggle, humans who want to give up, humans that make decisions that go against our best interest at times. Part of being an expert communicator, speaker and person is being able to admit when you've failed and struggled, and where you sometimes still fall short. VULNERABILITY makes the difference in how you connect with others. Tune in and find out why.
October 14, 2019
69: Want To Be At the Top? THINK BIGGER.
Take a moment. Think about the people that are the top of their fields, or have sustained their success for a long time. CEOs, world-class athletes, entrepreneurs. Even the flourishing hometown bakery owners that just opened their brand new location. These people have one thing in common: THEY THINK BIG. But there's another part to this equation. They understand the importance of developing a particular skill and how that unique skill intricately tied to their undying prospering. Hear about it here. Let's join the ranks.
October 07, 2019
68: Stop Running Away From Competition!
In 1938, Toastmasters realized the importance of public speaking competitions. 81 years later, people still get to test their expertise against other incredible speakers. Everyone gets to learn, improve, and in some cases, win the coveted title: World Champion of Public Speaking. Yet, while competition can be helpful in perfecting your speaking skills, it's useful in a wide variety of ways outside the realm of speaking. While the word may have negative connotations for some, human history has proven that competitions - in any aspect - bring out our best and push us to be spectacular. This episode shows you to firstly how you should view the competition, then how to engage the process in such a way that it's a win-win for everyone involved, especially you.
September 30, 2019
67: Why Your Listening Is Lacking
Do you interrupt people when they're speaking? Do you tend to look into your phone while you're in a conversation? These are two of many questions you can ponder on to determine if your listening skills are up to par. Listening is a extremely vital part of communication that not many people take seriously. We want to be heard, we want to be understood. But how many of us want to hear and understand? In this episode, Edrico challenges you to truthfully analyze your listening proficiency and provides a simple challenge that anyone can do to improve their listening skills in just a few days.
September 23, 2019
66: What A Cliché...
When it comes to speaking, there are a few things you should avoid. Clichés is one of them. Since clichés are phrases that we hear thousands of times, they've lost their novelty and in most cases, their effectiveness. Using these when speaking or presenting shows a lack of creativity and can cause your audience to disengage. This episode covers three all-too-common clichés to avoid in your next presentation, along with tips that will inspire innovation and ignite intrigue.
September 16, 2019
65: After Hurricane Dorian
This is a special Speaker's Secrets episode. On Sept. 1, two islands in The Bahamas got severely damaged from category 5 Hurricane Dorian, one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic. Due to this storm, many Bahamians have lost everything - including their family members - and are in need of the basic necessities. People are struggling. It's a rough time right now. Tune into this episode to find out what really happened with this hurricane, what's happened since, and what you can do to help. Recommended GoFundMe page (explained in episode): https://www.gofundme.com/f/headknowles-emergency-funds
September 09, 2019
64: Please Don't Forget This...
When it comes to communication, sometimes there is one thing that we forget to do. Sometimes, we get too busy. Other times, we just don't think about it (unfortunately). But the hallmark of an effective, empathetic and emotionally intelligent communicator lies in the ability to communicate in the specific way outlined in this episode. Press play to find out what it is...
September 02, 2019
63: Prop It Up
In 2015, at the World Championship of Public Speaking, Mohammad Qahtani pulled out a cigarette and a lighter and proceeded to smoke. (Well, he didn't really do it.) But he did take home the win that night. Mohammad used a strategy that displayed his expertise and is still being referenced years later: The use of a prop. Props are vitally important tools for speakers. Using them transforms your presentations in a number of ways - explained in this episode. You'll also learn about the 3 main prop types. They're all super easy to use. Have fun with them. You'll make a lasting impression!
August 26, 2019
62: How to Engage Your Audience
If you're speaking ANYWHERE, audience engagement should be your #1 goal. Period. (A speech without audience engagement is like a PB&J without the bread. It just doesn't make sense.) If your audience isn't engaged, intrigued or interested... you've lost your power to effectively communicate with them. And that's all public speaking really is. Effective communication WITH other people. It's never one-sided. This episode covers 4 simple ways you can make your audience engaged and more involved in your presentation. Use these techniques, and observe how quickly the dynamic of your presentations change - and how much fun you have!
August 19, 2019
61: Elevated Awareness: What You See Is What You Get
Have you ever bought something new - like a car or some shoes - and you started noticing everyone that had it, too? There's a filtering system in your brain. It's called the Reticular Activating System (RAS). The RAS literally shows you things in your life experience that confirm what you have been associating yourself with, thinking about or focusing on. This is why the person that believes they can and the one who believes they can't are both right. Their life confirms their beliefs. Often, our RASs have been programmed for us - by parents, media, society. That's why our lives continue to suck. Garbage in, garbage out. In this episode, Edrico explains how you can reprogram your RAS to experience the things you WANT to experience and how you can truly gain momentum and turn the tides of your life.
August 12, 2019
60: Elevated Awareness: Be REAL With Yourself
We aren't taught to be REAL with ourselves. In school, we're conditioned to always strive for 100%. We're rarely taught that failures are an integral part of life, or that our failures can push us forward. Due to this, we like to give the impression of being perfect. Sometimes, being real with ourselves is just too painful. But it's necessary to evolve & transform our lives. In this episode, Edrico talks about why being real with yourself is the key to becoming the best version of YOU.
August 05, 2019
59: Courageous Communication (with Courageous Corey)
Corey Singleton (aka Courageous Corey) is an extremely influential leader, dedicated to educating, encouraging and empowering others daily. A huge part of his mission includes helping others become the best and most courageous communicators possible. Tune in as Courageous Corey and Edrico discuss: How to overcome your fear of speaking to others, and why you MUST do it How we underestimate the roles of our bodies in being courageous How to move past your insecurities, and The Imposter Syndrome And much more! This episode provides some eye-opening and refreshing perspectives. The value here is priceless! Tune in for knowledge that will transform your mind. Find Courageous Corey on Instagram at @courageouscorey_.
July 29, 2019
58: How To Be A Public Speaking Authority (with Andre Kelly)
Mr. Andre Kelly is a Bahamian Toastmaster, corporate trainer, youth ambassador and businessman. He is the founder and CEO of Public Speaking Authority, where he provides corporate training to businesses in effective workplace communication, risk mitigation, branding and excellent service. In this interview, Andre shares: - How he overcame a speech impediment to creating his business - Profound but simple tips for effective communication - How Toastmasters transformed his life - And much more!
July 22, 2019
57: ...Or We Could Just Be Silent.
Yes, you read that right. Sometimes, when you're speaking, you can just be silent. It works. Not only does it just work, but inserting silence and mindful pauses into your presentation actually makes the words you speak more compelling. A constant flow of words can often be unnecessary. Breaks are welcome, and much needed. This episode covers the main reasons why you SHOULD be silent more in your speeches, and how you can use this technique to become an expert.
July 15, 2019
56: Let's Get Visual
Flair. Allure. Pizzazz. These are all the things we want in our speeches and presentations. Here's a quick way to get them: through using visual aids. When you give people visuals, you ignite their creative sparks. You deepen the connection. They understand, they sense, they feel. There's some good news - using a visual aid is super simple! This episode covers 3 easy-to-use visual aids that you can incorporate in your next presentation. Use these and you're guaranteed to be unforgettable.
July 08, 2019
55: Cómo Me Ayudó El Español (How Spanish Helped Me)
Most times, you need to get out of your comfort zone if you want to see transformation. One of the quickest ways to evolve is through learning another language. As a facet of improving his communication skills, Edrico has started the process of learning another language: Spanish. Through this new endeavor, Edrico has uncovered new and important insights! In this episode, Edrico shares his takeaways from learning another language, and how we can use these realizations to improve our lives overall
July 01, 2019
54: Stop! You Just Can't Do This!
Well, you can actually do whatever you want. But - there are some things you just can't (or shouldn't) do if you want to become a better communicator and more adept at public speaking. You must convince yourself. "These are things that I just can't do." In this episode, Edrico gives very specific tips related to practices you should avoid in order to keep progressing. Focus directed in the wrong direction won't serve anybody, especially you. Tune in and save yourself!
June 24, 2019
53: Vocal Variety: How to Not Bore Your Audience
How many times have you listened to a monotonous speaker that just dragged on and on... and on? Probably more times than you can count. It's highly likely that they were missing ONE tool that speakers use to keep their listeners engaged and interested: vocal variety. Your voice alone is a tool you can use to get people motivated - or crying, if that's what you're going for. This episode expounds on three key aspects to vocal variety. Use these technique when you speak. You'll see the difference.
June 17, 2019
52: Why "3" Is So Crucial
Veni, vidi, vici. Snap, crackle, pop. Stop, drop and roll. These phrases are all popular. And they have one thing in common. They all use the Rule of Three. Speakers, marketers, writers - the ones with the most impact understand that The Rule of Three makes a world of difference in how their product is received and retained. (Humans remember information better in threes). In this episode, I provide you with (you guessed it!) 3 ways to use this tool to enhance your effectiveness with others.
June 03, 2019
51: The Chopped Champion
A year ago, I gave a speech in Toastmasters. I opened up about a dark, uncertain time in my life - a time when everything that I'd been working on for years could have been jeopardized. In a matter of seconds. I wanted to make it fun and entertaining. So I used the TV cooking show, "Chopped" to illustrate how sometimes we have to take the most unlikely "ingredients" of our lives to make something worthwhile... to win in the end.
May 27, 2019
50: What I Learned From Competing
After competing in the world's largest speech competition, winning at three different levels, and experiencing a notable loss, I have some specific things I've learned. Even though they were highlighted during the course of this competition - these are honestly critical lessons that will keep you leveling up (in all areas) for the rest of your life, if applied. There's immense value contained in this episode, and in these lessons. Write them down, internalize them, use them!
May 20, 2019
49: Leaders Are Not Born but Made (with Shelomo Solson)
We all know that person that has the title, but people tend to roll their eyes whenever they delegate a task. In contrast, we know the person that's impactful and warm, but might never hold such a title. What separates these people - the true "leaders" from the "talkers"? This is the conversation that Edrico and Shelomo Solson - founder of Purpose Creates Impact - have in this enlightening interview. Check out the video & Shelomo's content here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN7pjNPRRJU
May 13, 2019
48: Part II: The Art of Public Speaking (with Arman Chowdhury)
In this final part of this interview, Edrico and Arman share unique insights into public speaking - like why you should never, EVER apologize before starting a speech! This duo also answers some frequently asked questions that range from how to ignore someone's disapproving face to how you can be comfortable speaking with a thick, heavy accent. Don't miss out! Check out the Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b7asEgWyko Find more about Arman here: https://www.armanitalks.com/
May 06, 2019
47: Part I: The Art of Public Speaking (with Arman Chowdhury)
Speech anxiety. Overcoming embarrassing moments. Moving past fears. Empowering yourself through your mindset. How Toastmasters can help EVERYONE. These are just some topics covered by Edrico & Arman (best known as ArmaniTalks) in Part 1 of this exclusive interview! This information is worth thousands - and it's all yours for free. Find the YouTube version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b7asEgWyko Follow Arman and all the stellar work he's doing at: https://www.armanitalks.com/
April 29, 2019
46: The Negativity Necessity: Revisited
ACCEPT YOUR NEGATIVITY. That's right. Embrace your negative emotions. We've been told to run away from negative emotions; that we shouldn't feel sad or irritated or angry. Lies!!! If we let them, our negative emotions are our biggest pushes toward transformation EVER. The key is to not wallow in them or ignore them - but to use them correctly. This episode revisits the "Negativity Necessity" & the 3 tips that'll turn your life around forever. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDqcCcSvDGM&t=9
April 22, 2019
45: Elevated Awareness: The ONLY Circle That Matters
There's a simple reason why so many people are irritated & frustrated, why they feel imprisoned & oppressed: they're focused on the WRONG CIRCLE. In life, there are only two circles we can focus on. One highlights all of the world's injustices, takes away our power & turn us into negative, obsolete curmudgeons. The other puts us in the driver's seat, empowers us & highlights all of our possibilities. Which circle are you focused on? Tune in and find out. It will change your life forever.
April 15, 2019
44: How to Keep Your Audience Interested (and Awake!)
"OMG. This speaker is BORING." "I'm ready to go." *struggles to stay awake* Sadly, we've all been in situations where we've said or experienced these things. It's even more deplorable when you're the speaker, and these are the reactions of your audience. Your audience should be INTERESTED and ALERT. By tuning in, you'll receive three lifehacks that will have your crowd in awe, hungry for more. These tips will ensure that you give people the spark of motivation they need, not rob them of it.
April 08, 2019
43: For Every Question, There's An Answer...
Picture it. You've decided to conquer the world's #1 fear. No more comfort zone for you! You're ready to become an excellent speaker. But you have questions. Where do I begin? What are the basics I need to know? Can someone PLEASE help me?! That's what this episode is for. Solid foundations make for strong empires. Edrico provides foundational knowledge that ANYONE at any speaking level can benefit from by answering 5 FAQs in the public speaking field. You shall find what you seek...
March 25, 2019
42: Why Your Insecurities Will Never Matter
You have insecurities. You might hate them. You might even be mad at yourself for having them. But here are a few secrets: Everyone has them. And nobody cares about yours. This might sound cold, but it is one of your greatest blessings. People don't know what you're insecure about (unless you tell them) and frankly, they're too concerned about their own to care. This episode will show you how to use your insecurities to excel at communication & become a more assured, confident person overall.
March 18, 2019
41: Curveballs in Public Speaking
Last week's episode emphasized a basic truth: life is a curveball-thrower. It can be very unpredictable. Public speaking isn't exempt. Sometimes, technology fails. Your mic may not work. You might be asked last-minute to speak shorter or longer than you originally planned. When these curveballs happen, it may be tempting to go into panic mode, but you don't have to. In this week's episode, Edrico talks about how you can handle the inevitable curveballs that come with public speaking. Be prepare
March 11, 2019
40: Sticking With It (No Matter What)
Many times, things don't go as planned. That's life. This episode is a perfect representation of that. (Go ahead - tune in! You'll see why.) But it's also an example of this simple, yet profound truth: if you stick with it, NO MATTER WHAT, you'll see that the things you didn't plan for can actually work for you. It's all about your intention. https://linktr.ee/thespeakerssecrets
March 04, 2019
39: Black History Month: D33PLY ROOT3D with Dockta Dre
Dockta Dre is an entrepreneur, spoken word enthusiast, community advocate, and professional barber. For this Black History Month episode, Edrico and Dockta Dre talk about how spoken word and poetry are ways for young Black people to share their stories & voices, and overcome the fear of public speaking. They also talk about the importance of entrepreneurship in the Black community, as Dockta Dre shares his experiences as an entrepreneur with his brand, D33PLY ROOT3D. Tune in for much, much more!
February 25, 2019
38: Inspiration Blocks (& How to Get Rid of Them)
It's nice to dream of always being inspired, but the truth is - we're not. Regardless of the task, sometimes you just don't feel like it. Other times, you draw blanks with no idea where to start. TBH, feeling "stuck" or blocked off from inspiration can suck. Majorly. This episode has 4 major gems you can use when your inspiration is lacking. These tips have helped Edrico to find inspiration in the times where it seemed to be lost. Tune in and keep your inspiration gas tank on Full!
February 18, 2019
37: Gather Info Like A Pro
You know what experts and people of excellence do? Their research. Regardless if they know diddly squat about something, or if they're the world's greatest resource - they always seek knowledge. You can do the same thing. In fact, you must. No matter what topic you are presenting on. How? In this episode, Edrico shares the methods he uses to gather information when preparing speeches for greatest impact. These keys are simple and straightforward, but will set you apart as a Master. Dive in!
February 11, 2019
36: Elevated Awareness: How to Stay Motivated
It's exceptionally easy to just set the intention to be motivated. To talk about it. Think about it. Dream about it. But how do you stay motivated when you don't feel like doing that thing you know you should complete? When you'd rather nap, or scroll through social media - how do you inspire yourself to focus and push your dreams forward? In this episode, Edrico shares 3 effortless suggestions to develop lasting motivation, even when you just don't feel like it.
February 04, 2019
35: Simple Success Secrets with Dr. Chester Wilson
Dr. Chester Wilson is a top-level professional speaker, university lecturer and consultant/business owner. Dr. Wilson has devoted decades to helping others improve their lives through his speaking and consultation services. Tune in as Edrico and Dr. Wilson discuss the simple ways to become a better communicator, likely obstacles in your professional journey, why your unique voice is needed NOW more than ever -- and much MORE! Find info on Dr. Wilson here: https://www.facebook.com/TheCWCF/
January 28, 2019
34: Why MLK Was So Impactful
As the most visible Civil Rights activists of the 50s and 60s, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. changed the course of history. He was also an unforgettable speaker. His "I Have A Dream" speech is heralded as one of the best speeches of the 20th century. But what was it about MLK - and this speech - that keeps his legacy living on? Ep. 34 covers THREE major takeaways from King's "I Have A Dream" that shows how we can become unforgettable forces in our own regards. https://linktr.ee/thespeakerssecre
January 21, 2019
33: Work That Presentation, Beloved
You've been there. Bored out of your mind. The presenter? Monotonous. The PowerPoint? There are paragraphs on each slide being read... verbatim. You almost want to utter: Kill. me. now. In 2019, we're leaving these presentations behind. This year, we're giving presentations that INSPIRE, give life & leave people wanting more! You can become a Master Presenter, easy. How? With the 5 big ideas shared in this episode. Use these ideas and flourish. https://linktr.ee/thespeakerssecrets
January 14, 2019
32: Who Are You Talking To?
You want to be effective in your speaking this year, right? Well, there's one thing you need to remember: no two audiences are alike. The speakers that have the most impact and last the longest in their audience's minds are the ones who cared. Finding out who their audience would be. Intending to deliver excellence. Ep. 32 covers the tactics to discover the makeup of your audience and how you can tailor your message to get your points across effortlessly. https://linktr.ee/thespeakerssecrets
January 07, 2019
31: The Big Three: 2018 Edition
It's the last day of 2018. We've covered a lot of important information this year. And let's face it: standard "recap" episodes can be unoriginal. So, now. Introducing... the Big Three! Edrico has selected the THREE BIG IDEAS shared this year. These are the lifelong fundamentals. You can always revisit these - whether it's 2019 or 2029 - to display your expertise and rise above the crowd. Suit up for 2019. It's time to get it. Happy new year.
December 31, 2018
30: 2019: The Public Speaking Resolutions You Need
Ahh, the time of year when resolutions abound. Many people are focused on the new year and their goals that lie ahead. While I'm sure you have the most expansive, needle-moving goals you've ever had, you CANNOT forget your intention to improve your communication skills. Developing these skills in 2019 alone will set you apart from the majority of the world. But you don't have to do the hard work. I've identified the top public speaking resolutions you need in 2019 to excel. Just tune in.
December 26, 2018
29: Holiday Parties & Networking 101
End of Year Christmas parties. Family gatherings. Toy drives. Secret Santa gift exchanges. The holiday season is rife with opportunities to network and connect with others. Sometimes it's fun. Sometimes, it can feel overwhelming. How do you avoid awkward social interactions around this time? How do you genuinely connect with others and still feel confident and supercharged? Well... Your holiday networking guide has arrived. All you have to do is tune in. https://linktr.ee/thespeakerssecrets
December 17, 2018
28: Elevated Awareness: Your Comfort Zone Is Killing You
Your comfort zone is killing you. If you ever wonder why you're not growing or transforming, why things are staying the same... most likely, it's because you are TOO COMFORTABLE. Transformation never happens within the limits of your comfort zones. If you want to see changes you've never seen, you must do things you've never done, most of which will be uncomfortable. How do you make stepping out of your comfort zone a habit? Tune in to this Elevated Awareness segment and be complacent no more.
December 10, 2018
27: Dealing with Time Limits
When it comes to speaking, time is crucial. Whether it's 5 minutes or 60 minutes, most of your speaking opportunities will have a time limit. It's super important to not go over your allotted time, for many reasons (outlined in this episode). But it's not always as easy as it sounds. How do you condense your message, get your key points across, AND finish on time? Tune in to find out how to become an expert at this. https://linktr.ee/thespeakersecrets
December 03, 2018
26: Staying on Topic
"Oh no. How could this happen to me?!" You ask this in your mind as you watch witness your train of thought vanish. You're abandoned, left with fear and uncertainty. Dramatic? Maybe. But this is how veering off topic while speaking to others can feel. This isn't something you, or your audience, should be subjected to. You should be able to deliver your thoughts with precision and accuracy. If you have issues with rambling and staying on topic, fret not. Tune in to flex your speaking muscles.
November 26, 2018
25: Why Evaluation is Essential
What comes to mind when you hear word 'critique'? What about feedback? If they make you uncomfortable, or you tend to shy away from them - that's normal human behavior. We generally don't like anything that makes us uncomfortable. BUT: evaluation/feedback is one of the BEST ways to transform not only as a speaker, but a person. Find out why evaluation is the secret weapon that not many people talk about. This is not an overstatement: it will change your life. https://linktr.ee/thespeakerssecrets
November 19, 2018
24: Elevated Awareness: Death by Distraction
Tell the truth. You're distracted. You go to read, but you log on to Twitter instead. That workout was supposed to happen... but Netflix did. It's SO easy to get distracted. And it can feel so good. But BEWARE. Distraction is the world's most silent killer and deadliest thief. It will rob you of your time, mental focus, productivity... and much more. If you've left yourself open to distractions, it's time to change. But how? Look no further. Tune in as Edrico discusses ways to beat this meance.
November 12, 2018
23: Speak Your Story with Will Tidwell (SpeakUpZee)
Today's guest is Mr. Will Tidwell. Better known as SpeakUpZee, Will is a motivational speaker that has a major focus on community outreach and impacting youth. An Arkansas resident, SpeakUpZee uses his gift of public speaking and creative writing to provide uplifting, life-changing messages and perspectives to those around the state and online. Tune in as Edrico and Will have an engaging discussion on finding purpose, serving the community, overcoming fear and much more.
November 05, 2018
22: Speaking on the Spot
"Hey, I know you didn't prepare anything... but do you mind bringing a few words?" What do you do now? Freeze? Draw blanks? Or respond to the challenge, confident in your skills? Impromptu speaking CAN be scary, but it doesn't have to be. And since it's something you'll be faced with for the rest of your life, it makes sense to master it NOW. This episode shares ideas that will help you create and deliver a compelling message in minutes. Learn how to speak on the spot and level up your life.
October 29, 2018
21: What To Do When You Mess Up
You're delivering the speech you've practiced 100 times. You get to an extremely important part... but your mind goes blank. These things happen. We forget words, our ideas seem to vanish. We experience good ole human brain farts. But if this happens when you're speaking... What should you do? Edrico shares a personal experience, along with the ideas that will help you to turn around any situation like this. With this knowledge, moments like these transform from embarrassing to empowering.
October 22, 2018
20: Imagine, Inspire, Influence with Arin Patterson
Arin Patterson is a passionate public speaker and author that has a mission of impacting and improving lives. An educator by profession, Arin has now taken her message beyond the classroom to thousands of people on various stages. Her work is undoubtedly geared towards personal and community development, as evidenced in the launch of Ascend 386, a community organization for youth and families. Check the podcast episode webpage for more information on Arin Patterson. www.arinpatterson.com
October 01, 2018
19: Elevated Awareness: Why You Are the Priority
We all prioritize things in our life, whether consciously or not. Our responsibilities. Our family. Twitter. Our favorite Netflix show. But how often do we seriously and intentionally prioritize ourselves, and our happiness? It might sound like inspirational mumbo-jumbo, but this simple practice is literally the foundation of your life. And we all know what happens to buildings with weak foundations... Tune in to find out why it is NECESSARY for you to put yourself first and... yes, be selfish
September 24, 2018
18: Use Your Space, Don't Let It Use You
Are you mindful of your space while speaking? The stage setup? How you should move back and forth, if you can? If you're not, you should be. Proficient public speakers are always aware of how the space they are working with, and how they can use their stage presence to their advantage. Tune into Episode 18 to find out how you can add this underrated but extremely impactful tool to your Public Speaking Toolbox. Find us on social media: https://linktr.ee/thespeakerssecrets
September 10, 2018
17: Elevated Awareness: When You Feel Overwhelmed
Do you sometimes feel that you're stretched too thin? You feel like you have too many things to handle with basically no time. You can't help but feel overwhelmed. But... you can. Believe it or not, feeling overwhelmed is a choice. This episode talks about what overwhelmingness REALLY is and how you can rid yourself of this unhelpful emotion. The upside? Feeling capable of handling everything in your life with ease. Who doesn't want that? Find us on social media: https://linktr.ee/thespeakerssecrets
September 03, 2018
16: Conclude with Class
First impressions are lasting ones. You know what else are lasting impressions? Conclusions. The last words you leave with someone are often the first ones they recall. When you're speaking, your conclusion is the glue that sticks everything together in your audience's minds. Lackluster conclusion? Quick way to be deemed forgettable. You want to conclude with power, pizzazz & class. Tune in to Ep. 16 to find out how you can do this, effortlessly. Find us on social media: https://goo.gl/G1Pk
August 27, 2018
15: Wrote It? Note It.
You have a speaking engagement coming up. You know what you want to say. But what's next? Do you type the speech out? Do you memorize it? How do you deliver it without stumbling? Note-taking can help you. This is a tactic even the most professional speakers use to deliver an exceptional performance. But not all note-taking methods give you the unforgettable moments you long for. Tune in to find out how to awe your crowd, even with a little assistance. Find more value here: https://bit.ly/2nNgUUS
August 20, 2018
14: The Eyes Have It
The feeling of a genuine, connected gaze is distinctly different from a conversation with no eye contact. That's because eye contact is a basic part of human communication. It makes people feel respected and heard. If you want to be an effective communicator, you need to master eye contact, period. Tune in for some helpful rules that will demonstrate your proficiency in this crucial skill. Learn how to truly become unforgettable. Click here for more value: https://linktr.ee/thespeakerssecrets
August 13, 2018
13: Elevated Awareness: The Comparison Epidemic
Have you ever compared yourself to someone else? (It's OK, I know the answer is yes. We all do it.) But this is one the worst thing we can do to ourselves. Not only do we put ourselves in the "inferior" position, but we also create a sea of emotions whose waves drag us down. In this segment, Edrico shares the strategies he uses to overcome his moments of comparison, and how you can actually use comparison in a specific way for your benefit. Find more value on social media: https://goo.gl/Qda5G6
August 06, 2018
12: How to Get Started
You have the tips, the suggestions and the information. You just need to get put them into motion. (It's important to take ACTION and not just let the information you've acquired become dormant.) But how can you begin developing your public speaking skills if you're not sure where to start? This episode will provide three easy ways you can start "getting your feet wet". If applied, these strategies will give you the competitive edge you need to thrive. The Negativity Necessity: https://goo.gl/rGj3ps
July 30, 2018
11: Public Speaking Dynamics ft. Arman Chowdhury
Arman Chowdhury - best known as @ArmaniTalks - is a battle-tested Toastmaster who has been creating massive waves of change online. As a pioneer in this space, Arman uses his engineering background to clarify his personal experiences with public speaking and social dynamics. Tune in to find out how he overcame crippling anxiety and difficulty speaking English to develop excellence. Arman's page: https://goo.gl/1Q5fYH Follow us on social media for even more value: https://goo.gl/ShkSrC
July 23, 2018
10: Your Body Speaks... More Than You Do
Your body is intelligent. It even has its own form of communication: body language. Truth is, people listen more to our bodies than our words! If you're not aware of how your body communicates, you may be working at odds with it. Change this today and astonish the world. Listen in for action steps that will develop your mastery in body language and public speaking. Follow our social media pages: https://linktr.ee/thespeakerssecrets Amy Cuddy Ted Talk: https://goo.gl/7vejvU
July 15, 2018
09: Self-Awareness in Public Speaking
Socrates said, "To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom." To that, I add, "To know thyself is the major key to success in public speaking and more." Lack of self-awareness is one reason why people are deathly afraid of public speaking. If you don't have a strong relationship with yourself, this will be reflected in fearful patterns in your life, especially in this area. Find out how to develop your self-awareness and become an undeniable champion today! https://linktr.ee/thespeakerssecrets
July 08, 2018
08: Elevated Awareness: The Myth of Multitasking
You want to be more productive, right? Well, stop multitasking! We believe that we get more done this way, but we're WRONG. In fact, multitasking has a number of negative side effects, including impairing our brain's ability to focus. In this segment, Edrico shares the myths we believe about multitasking and how you can generate laser focus that will change your life. https://linktr.ee/thespeakerssecrets Multitasking Exercise: https://goo.gl/jkpPnZ Tools: Focus Booster, Cold Turkey, Fre
July 01, 2018
07: Introduce with Impact
In Episode 07, Edrico shares the most effective ways to introduce your speech and hook your audience. It's all about introducing with impact! Find the Speaker's Secrets on social media: https://linktr.ee/thespeakerssecrets
June 24, 2018
06: Why YOU Need Public Speaking
If you want to reach your fullest potential in life, you must develop your public speaking skills! Ignoring this simple truth will hold you back while the world moves forward. In Episode 06, Edrico shares professional and personal reasons why perfecting this skill is necessary for you to excel in today's marketplace, and in the future. Follow the Speaker's Secrets on social media: https://linktr.ee/thespeakerssecrets
June 17, 2018
05: Elevated Awareness: The Art of Aging
AGING. Literally everyone on Earth is experiencing this. Then why is the topic of aging still so sensitive and taboo? Why do we have so much resistance around it? People will lie about their age, change their bodies to appear younger or avoid the topic altogether. We’ve been conditioned by society to view aging as a process where we decline – mentally, physically, and more. However, this doesn’t have to be the case (research proves it). In the first installment of the Elevated Awareness series, Edrico challenges faulty perceptions about aging and introduces simple lifestyle hacks to help us live our longest, healthiest lives. Check out the Speaker's Secrets on Social Media: https://linktr.ee/thespeakerssecrets "How To Attract Exactly What You Want" (Wayne Dyer): https://goo.gl/TXJVLk
June 10, 2018
04: Organize Your Speech
Sometimes, you might have a clear message to get across but you're not sure how to organize your thoughts. We all want to make sense when we speak in front of others, but what systems can we use to ensure that we do? In Episode 04, Organize Your Message, Edrico shares a system for organizing your thoughts and delivering your message with strategic impact. Find the Speaker's Secrets on social media: https://linktr.ee/thespeakerssecrets
June 03, 2018
03: Prep for Success
Having nerves before public speaking is no longer an excuse! There are so many simple things you can do to curb any unwelcome emotions and create feelings of excitement, confidence, and readiness. You're a star, and the world needs your star power! Prepare yourself for success with specific relaxation techniques provided in this episode. Check out The Speaker's Secrets Podcast on social media: https://linktr.ee/thespeakerssecrets
May 27, 2018
02: The Dreaded Distractors: Ahs and Ums
Ahs and ums: those little annoying words that keep popping up when we talk! Don't be alarmed if you use these filler words. (We all do.) Still, it's extremely important to minimize our use of these words when speaking publicly and professionally. This episode provides suggestions that can help. Follow the Speaker's Secrets on social media: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/thespeakerssecrets/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/speakerssecrets Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/thespeakerssecrets
May 20, 2018
01: Facing Your Public Speaking Fears
The fear of public speaking (also known as glossophobia) is shared by millions of people across the globe! All too often, people allow this fear to keep them in their comfort zone, and subsequently, never allow themselves to expand to greater levels. In the pilot episode, I share five practical tips that can help you face your fear of public speaking. Even if you aren't necessarily fearful of speaking publicly, these suggestions will help you alleviate any anxiety you may naturally feel. With the application of these tips, you can face any public speaking situation with ease and excitement. Follow the Speaker's Secrets on social media: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/thespeakerssecrets/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/speakerssecrets Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/thespeakerssecrets/
May 08, 2018