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Michael Davis

Taking the Guesswork Out of Speaking & Presentations with Michael Davis

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It’s the common experiences that link us. Not the stories about climbing Everest. – Michael Davis

Meet Michael Davis

Michael DavisWhen you hire a coach, trainer or speaker, do you want someone who has experience and expertise?

Michael Davis’s work is focused on helping you attract more clients, create more efficient teams and increase your influence through more effective speaking, business storytelling and online presentations. He helps experienced speakers, entrepreneurs, and sales professionals deliver memorable and meaningful talks of any length, even on short notice.

He currently lives in Blue Ash, Ohio with his family, and the overlords of their house, Sky the Super Chihuahua and her underling, Riley the Mini-Chihuahua.

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On this episode, Stacey and Michael talk about…

  • What Michael wanted to be when he grew up and how that plays out today in his work as a presentation skills coach (1:20)
  • Using Intrinsic Motivation to build speaking skills and becoming a public speaking coach ( 6:45)
  • It is natural for human beings to be afraid of speaking (8:50)
  • Beliefs and behaviors Mike had to drop to feel more comfortable speaking. (12:00)
  • “Don’t fall into the trap of familiarity with your own topic that you forget that most people have no clue what you’re talking about and they need that information.” (14:58)
  • Recording yourself and watch it (If you’re not willing to watch/listen to yourself, why would anyone else watch you (15:44)
  • How to ask for feedback on a speech or presentation (17:50)
  • Importance of putting presentations together (22:14)
  • Public speaking formalities that keep us stiff and stuffy (i.e., gestures, lack of emotion, etc) (26:15)
  • Speaking for free or speaking for fee? (36:00)
  • Importance of having mentors/coaches (40:00)
  • What if people own’t like my style (42:00)
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About the Shed The Formality Podcast

For leaders & entrepreneurs who are great at what they do yet lack skills or confidence to sell their OWN ideas.

Tune in to the archives as Stacey Shipman and her guests share stories and insights on getting out of your own way, promoting your work, networking, leadership, handling adversity and more.

Listen to the archives on the Dropbox folder.