The 10xSpeaker Manifesto – Preface – Let us begin.

Preface

“If we wait for the moment for everything to be ready, we will never begin.”

This book is all about awakening the speaker in you. Everybody has a story. And everybody deserves to have their story heard.

In this book, I share with you my journey into the world of speaking and how I became a speaker. It was an unexpected and quite sudden journey that saw me achieve a surprising level of success in a short period of time and this book is designed to share with you some of my stories along the way and how you can do the same. Why did I do it? How did I do it? What did I do to achieve the level of success I found in such a short period of time?

In this book I detail the mindsets I developed, refined and used to be the best speaker I could be and show you how you can adopt these mindsets to be the best speaker you can be. This book also details the steps I developed, used and refined to build a successful speaker business so that I could continue speaking (and pay the bills). I will show and explain to you these essential steps that were designed to scale a business around speaking to reach ever increasing success and impact, week to week, month to month and year to year. These are steps I am still using to this day and they can actually be applied to almost any businesses. I teach these steps to help other speakers and entrepreneurs reach success in business and I have included them in this book for you to adopt and grow your own speaker business and achieve the impact you seek.

We also cover the basics of exactly how to speak and present in different scenarios and how to apply and practice the mechanics of a great speaker. Why and how to become a great storyteller and use stories to make points and make points backed up by stories. We look at poise, voice, eyes and hands and how to use these to your advantage. We cover intonation and non-verbal body language. We talk about how to remember and deliver your talk without slides and how to use slides appropriately. We cover the use of speech maps, which will radically transform the way you prepare and deliver any speech. We cover strategic objectives and how to define them so that your talk is on point and achieving the objectives that you have set so that the results you are after manifest.

We will also cover how to deal with fear, what does it mean and how to dance with it and enjoy its presence. We also talk about resistance and how to overcome resistance which is something that will grow as you grow and want to achieve more. The closer you get to your goals, the more resistance tries to hold you back and the key is learning how to deal with it and use it to your advantage. And finally we will get you on your way toward action and awaken the speaker in you, which is the goal and purpose of this book, which will transform your life forever.

I wrote this book to share the mindsets you need to adopt and the path you need to follow in order to awaken the speaker in you and become the best speaker you can be. Only you have the ability to tell your stories and your stories deserve to be heard, but this can only happen effectively if the speaker within you awakens.

This book is broken down into three major sections. 1. Why awaken the speaker? 2. How to wield its power? and 3. What to feed it so it grows.

We start by looking into my completely unexpected journey and why speaking became a choice in my life. Why is speaking such a powerful channel to influence and drive success in any field?

This book is for anyone with ambition to become a speaker and use this medium to share their stories and influence to drive the impact they seek. From CEO’s, CxO’s to founders and entrepreneurs, to thought leaders within organisations, trainers, coaches, mentors, teachers, lecturers, and anyone with a desire to communicate one-to-many in order to educate and influence or even persuade and grow a career or organisation of any kind.

This book is for those who feel that speaking maybe the path to better outcomes in both their own lives and the lives of others.

Let us begin.

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