This episode of the Public Speaking Super Powers Podcast features Carma’s interview with Craig James, the President of Sales Solutions, a consulting and training Company.
Length: 6 minutes, 18 seconds
James’ journey to public speaking success wasn’t easy, but he was determined to improve his skills. “I’ve always been very comfortable in one-on-one situations and one day, several years ago, I had a really, really bad experience where I literally froze in front of an audience of about 30 people.”
James suggests that you master the basics of public speaking in order to overcome speaking anxiety. “You really need to learn and master the basics of public speaking. Things like maintaining eye contact with your audience. Not fidgeting. Not pacing back and forth. Eliminating a lot of bad habits like saying ‘ah’ or ‘um.’ And really being in control of yourself.”
James’ Big Tip: Record yourself speaking, then watch/listen to the recordings to determine how you can improve the next time.
About the Public Speaking Super Powers Podcast Series
Carma Spence, the author of Public Speaking Super Powers, interviewed 80+ speakers as research for the book. This podcast shares those interviews so you can hear what the Featured Speakers said in their own words. This series will run twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays, until all interviews are posted. Occasionally, a special edition with a new interview will be added to the mix.