Should you trust Michael?
Are you a natural performer?
I certainly wasn't born a natural speaker, but you don't have to be. No matter where you start, you can take your communication skills to the next level.
Public speaking background
The first time I spoke in front of a large group, I swore I would never do it again. The content wasn't bad, but I almost passed out. The nerves, the sweating, the nausea. I seriously considered running out of the room, but I was too sick. Looking back, it was a classic anxiety attack.
Even when it was over, the second guessing and mental rehearsal was so bad that I wrote off public speaking forever. My life's greatest regrets are those times when I refused to stand in front of an audience and try to make a difference.
Eventually, I realized that to succeed in life I had to confront it head on. What makes great speakers great? Here I am, 25 years later with the answers. My weakness has become my passion.
Presentation Skills Coaching
For 25 years I've analyzed hundreds of presenters, politicians, and preachers and taken notes when they did something interesting.
After cataloging hundreds of techniques, I finally mustered the courage to quit my desk job and dedicate my career to my passion—speaking! For the next 8 years I travelled from coast to coast testing these principles in front of groups ranging from teenage speech contestants to secret service agents. Thousands of hours on stage have taught me which techniques work, and why.
As I explained these principles to my private coaching clients, I tried many different terms and analogies, until eventually, my explanations became simple enough to fit on a note card. All combined, those notes became a new speaking system: SpeechDeck.com