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  • feedwordpress 21:40:58 on 2018/06/11 Permalink
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    Richard Branson’s Secrets on Public Speaking -You Need to Know 

    I recently heard Richard Branson say how much he hates public speaking. I have to admit I was more than a little surprised, because I constantly see him out and about on the speaking circuit. Along with his feelings, he shared some of the secrets that he finds helpful when he has to speak in public.

    Here are seven of the most important. These concepts can teach any one of us to be a better speaker–whether we’re leading the weekly staff update, addressing a city council meeting, or keynoting a conference with thousands of attendees.

    Speak from the heart.

    Not only is Branson nervous about speaking in public, he also hates rehearsed speeches because they add extra pressure. To respond to both challenges, he’s deceived a simple technique: he speaks from the heart. As the old saying goes, the one thing you can’t fake is sincerity.

    Express your passion.

    Branson believes that if you can speak with passion, you can get your message across and people will resonate with what you have to say. You don’t need to be the world’s foremost expert, but you should have an abundance of love for your topic. Let listeners recognize your deep connection to the subject in your words, in your face and in your body language. Motivate your audience to trust their own desires and act on them.

    Have a sense of humor.

    Like many effective speakers, Branson believes in using humor. He recommends placing witty lines at the beginning and end of a talk, putting a laugh in the middle with serious stuff on either side, and concluding with a smile. Going against what many speakers are told they must do, he advocates for wit and smiles rather than the riskier choice of telling a joke that may fall flat.

    Stay humble.

    Depending on the topic, your humility may actually be part of the message. Ego has no place when it comes to public speaking. The best speakers, like the best leaders, know what they are there to serve–and they accomplish that by remaining humble.

    Be authentic.

    When it comes to connecting with your audience, Branson says, you have to be genuine. You have to be able to walk your talk if you want listeners to trust you. Even if you think of yourself as an honest, forthright speaker, you need to reach every higher to make sure you’re speaking with authenticity for maximum credibility.

    Focus on giving real value.

    Branson concentrates on being valuable to his audience when he speaks. He wants to give people something genuinely useful in exchange for their precious time, not speak just to hear himself talk.

    Feel the nerves but do it anyway.

    Even though public speaking isn’t Branson’s favorite thing and it makes him nervous, he does it anyway. In exchange for a chance to share what he’s learned along the way with others, he’s willing to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Aside from the benefits to others, he knows he can develop and grow as a leader and a person every time he feels the nerves and does it anyway.

    Take a page from Richard Branson’s playbook–recognize the value of public speaking and put yourself out there, however you feel about it.

    Not only is Branson nervous about speaking in public, he also hates rehearsed speeches because they add extra pressure. To respond to both challenges, he’s deceived a simple technique: he speaks from the heart. As the old saying goes, the one thing you can’t fake is sincerity.

     


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  • feedwordpress 17:37:29 on 2018/06/09 Permalink
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    8 Success Lessons Richard Branson Didn’t Learn in Business School 

    Success comes in many forms.

    For Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group, the path to success was not the conventional one. He went on to build eight separate billion-dollar companies in eight different industries, but business school was difficult–especially because he suffered from an acute combination of dyslexia and attention deficit disorder.

    He says, “Had I pursued my education long enough to learn all the conventional dos and don’ts of starting a business, I often wonder how different my life and career might have been.”

    The success that Branson has experienced comes from the way he thinks and what he believes. Let’s look at some of his secrets, taken from his book Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won’t Teach You at Business School:

    1. “You never know with these things when you’re trying something new what can happen. This is all experimental.” The first time for anything is always an enormous challenge, and there are no guarantees for success. But Branson has made a career of taking risks and daring to enter uncharted seas. He sets his goals and does not rest until he has left his mark.

    2. “When people are placed in positions slightly above what they expect, they are apt to excel.” Branson believes if he had said, “Oh, I am a businessman,” he would never have gone into the airline business. His interest in life comes from setting challenges and rising to meet them.

    3. “As much as you need a strong personality to build a business from scratch, you also must understand the art of delegation.” Branson believes in bestowing trust. You don’t have to give up complete control, but you should allow people to feel that you trust them with the responsibility you have given them.

    4. “Do not be embarrassed by your failures–learn from them and start again.” Branson believes that we learn more from our failures than our successes, and that only in understanding where you have failed can you have success in the future. Understanding where things have gone wrong is a sure-fire way to succeed the next time.

    5. “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” Branson believes in ownership, and he understands that people will take much greater ownership of their jobs when they have more room to either succeed or fail.

    6. The best way to learn about anything is by doing.” Branson believes in investing in people so they learn how to do things well. Once you invest in them, they will most often repay that investment many times over with their hard work, loyalty, and admiration.

    7. “A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.” Branson believes that his employees should never feel that they are just hired help collecting a paycheck. He wants people to come to work to contribute and to contribute passionately, and he knows it’s always important to have fun.

    8. “Good people are not just crucial to a business. They are the business!”  Branson believes that the real engine behind every business is its people. He looks at businesses as nothing more than a group of people, and he considers people far and away the biggest assets of any business.

    No one can argue with Richard Branson’s great success–maybe the real secret is to create something that stands out and have fun doing it, to do something that will leave your mark, whatever it may be. It sounds like the most important things we need to learn don’t come from business school after all.

     


    N A T I O N A L   B E S T S E L L E R

    THE LEADERSHIP GAP

    What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

    buy now

     


    Additional Reading you might enjoy:

     

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

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