Can I let you in on my little secret? I hate public speaking! Can't stand it. Yea, I know, I've been through Carnegie… twice. I was also a member of Toastmasters… twice. That's where I met Warren.Let me take you back a few years, back to when I was 17, and a Junior, at Nauvoo-Colusa High. I was just about to give a speech in Daniel Finton's history class. The dead president I choose to talk about was Andrew Jackson. Nothing against Mr. Jackson, but he really made me nervous. I was fine when Mr. Finton announced my name, but about 30 seconds into my “speech” I began shaking slightly and began to get very nervous, my voice quivered, my hands and arms shook. I had no idea what was happening. I had never experienced anything like this before… Turns out, I really don't like to get up in front of a group and speak…. about anything. Speaking one-on-one or in a small office group I'm fine, in fact, some would say I excel. But on stage, in public, in front of even a small group of 30 people or less, I'm a D I S A S T E R…! Don't really know why, and it doesn't really matter because on November 17, 2003 I discovered a secret weapon against my apparent problem; professional conference calling. With conference calling, I can have 100 people on my call and it does not matter. It's you and me, one-on-one baby. I can do one-on-one virtual stages easily, I just can't do the “real” ones. Relax, get comfortable, write an agenda that inspires, recruit 7 members to start, and go have a conference call to change your world! In 2003 I radically changed my world by learning about, utilizing, and applying professional conference calling to my sales career. This makes conference calling my #1 public speaking tip. If I did it, so can you! Call my feedback hotline anytime at 707.633.8871. I'm here to help. If you enjoyed this post about using conference calls as a tip to overcome public speaking, please share it on the web with the buttons below.
About the Author: Shawn Frey has studied under several recognized professionals in the marketing field, including the late master sales trainer Warren Wechsler, author of the acclaimed book Total Selling, Roy H. Williams, NY Times Best Selling author of Secret Formulas of the Wizard of Ads., Steve Clark, Founder of New School Selling and John Jantz, Founder of Duct Tape Marketing and author of The Referral Engine. Shawn is an outside sales professional, conference call expert and founder of the No Nonsense Conference. You can read his full bio here. If you enjoyed this post you may like: Conference Calls; Effective in a Crunch How to Setup a conference call: Tips for Efficiency and Purposefulness