Tag: How to become better as a speaker

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4 May 2015, Singapore

Today, I had the great pleasure of having my dear friend Derek Sivers over for a visit. Derek has one of the sharpest and most curious minds of anyone I know, and he also is one of the best speakers I have met. Derek masters the art of making an interesting point in a simple way.

One of his most famous speeches is a three minute (!) speech that he gave at TED with the title “How to start a movement”. If you have NOT seen the speech I URGE you to look at it – it is nothing short of a master piece when it comes to how to give a short speech.

The speech can be seen here: http://www.ted.com/talks/derek_sivers_how_to_start_a_movement?language=en

Now, Derek’s speech might LOOK simple – but I happen to know that there is nothing “simple” about making that speech look so simple. Derek spends a lot of time fine tuning his speeches until his point comes across in a simple way.

While sipping some coconut water in my living room, I asked him about his process of writing a good speech.

Derek told me that when he had written the speech down, he tested it on a few friends to get an “outsider’s perspective” to the message. As a speaker, you are so familiar with what you WANT to say that you might be blind to HOW to best get that message across.

In the case of the “How to start a movement” speech, Derek tested the speech on a friend who said: “That part of ‘the first Follower’ was a really interesting idea.” Before that comment, Derek had failed to fully grasp the power of the phrase “the first Follower”.

Derek: “That tiny line in the middle of the talk was what made all the difference.”

The rest is, as they say, browser history. Derek’s “How to start a movement” talk has created a movement of its own – the speech now has more than 4.6 million views!

Lesson: If you risk becoming blind to the message you are trying to get across, try your speech on a few people before hand to get a fresh perspective and an audience point of view.

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Learn by watching me learn.

There are a lot of resources online on how to become a better speaker. There are also many professional speakers who will teach you how to develop the business side of speaking, usually for a fee. But there are not so many places online where you can learn how to become a better professional speaker – for FREE!

I have started this blog to share my approach to being a global professional speaker.

At the core of this approach is my belief that to run a successful, global, speaking business, you should focus much more on the “speaking” side of your business than the “business” side of things.

Personally, I spend much more time thinking about how to develop myself as a speaker than thinking about how to develop my speaking business. This strategy has made me one of the most successful global speakers of today.

By starting this blog, I hope to have a venue to share my thoughts about what makes speakers – and speeches – great.

I will try to have a good mix of content where I will both share my own experiences of speaking as well as share what I have learnt from other speakers or other speeches.

One of the best ways to learn something is to “tag along” and be a “fly on the wall” and try to absorb as much as you can by observing an expert. In this blog, I will share stories, insights and lessons that I have gained “on the road”.

I hope you will learn from these “real life” examples and that you’ll find them useful.

I look forward to helping you become a better speaker by sharing my journey of always trying develop myself to be the very best speaker I can be.

Fredrik Haren.

P.S. If you have any specific questions that you would like me to cover, please do not hesitate to send me an email at fredrik.haren@interesting.org.

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There are tens of thousands of professional speakers in the world, but only handfuls have been able to take the step to being global professional speakers.

I have been invited to speak in more than 60 different countries on 5 continents, and have worked full time as a professional keynote speaker and author for more than 15 years.

One of the main purposes of this site is to try to give concrete tips and suggestions – as well as inspiration – on how you can become a global speaker and author too.

Follow this blog, or subscribe to the email list, and you will be learning from one of the most global speakers of today.

To start off, please watch these two different speeches that I have been giving on the theme of being a global keynote speaker.

In this world of instant gratification and short videos, they might look long to you, but I can almost promise that you will find them worth watching if you are serious about becoming a global professional speaker.

1) How to be a Global Speaker

2) To be a Global Professional Speaker – Speech two

Do not hesitate to contact me at fredrik.haren@interesting.org if you have any question on becoming a global professional speaker.