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How to Craft an Incredible Speech Public speaking is terrifying for many people. Here are a few pointers to help you get past the fear of talking in front of a crowd.

By Lewis Howes Edited by Dan Bova

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I've performed a lot in my life. Not in theatre (sorry to disappoint) or dancing (except at salsa clubs) but in sports.

There is one kind of performance I used to be TERRIFIED of though. As in, I would do anything to avoid it.

I was absolutely scared to death of public speaking.

As I started to get into business after my sports career ended, I realized that this fear was going to hold me back big time.

So it had to go.

I did the unthinkable and joined the local Toastmasters chapter where I was living, which was a group of professionals who would get together once a week to practice giving their pitches.

I was terrible at first. Honestly, it was probably really painful to watch.

But I kept going back week after week and a year later, I did my first paid speaking gig.

That was just the beginning though. I've spoken at more events and on more stages than I can count at this point, but there's still a lot of room for improvement.

That's why I turned to my friend Michael Port when I was preparing for a big speech I gave this summer at World Domination Summit.

Michael is, in my opinion, the best speaking and performance coach in the world.

He was a professional actor, on big shows and films, previous to becoming a coach, and now he is coaching hundreds of incredible speakers in person and through his programs.

In fact, he and I hosted a speaking on stage workshop this past week that was amazing.

I could watch Michael coach for hours – he's that good.

In this episode of the The School of Greatness, Michael talks about his new book, which is all about how to steal the show by crafting an incredible speech.

I know you are going to learn so much from him, so get ready to take notes and start practicing with Michael Port in Episode 236.

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In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why Michael left the acting business while he was a successful actor
  • How performance doesn't always mean "fake"
  • Why what you wear really matters in performance, pitches, branding, etc.
  • If you want to be a better performer, stop criticizing
  • The importance of a big idea as the foundation of your performance
  • You need to demonstrate that you know how the world looks according to the individuals in the audience
  • How to tell if you should include a certain story in your performance
  • The power of using contrast in your speech patterns and body language
  • Why it's so important to get volunteers for audience participation after you've built trust with them
  • Why not to curse at the beginning of your performance
Lewis Howes

New York Times Bestselling Author, Entrepreneur, Coach

Lewis Howes is a New York Times bestselling author of The School of Greatness and The Mask of Masculinity. He is a lifestyle entrepreneur, high performance business coach and keynote speaker. A former professional football player and two-sport All-American, he is a current USA Men’s National Handball Team athlete. He hosts a top 100 iTunes ranked Apple podcast, The School of Greatness. Howes was recognized by the White House and President Obama as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the country under 30. Details magazine called him one of “5 Internet Guru’s that can Make You Rich.”  Howes has been featured on Ellen, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The New York Times, People, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Men’s Health and other major media outlets.

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