Welcome to another episode of The RVA Small Business Show with your host Cory Mosley. In today’s segment, we are joined by Dr. Delatorro McNeal, II, MS, CSP, CPAE – Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker, Peak Performance Expert and Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling Author.
Dr. Delatorro is an esteemed expert in Peak Performance, renowned worldwide for his exceptional skills. Highly sought after by top-tier Fortune 50 companies and organizations, he is entrusted with transforming both corporations and individuals who aspire to reach new heights.
Here’s the number one mistake I think most people make when giving a presentation is they make the presentation about what they want to share versus what their audience needs to hear. -Dr. Delatorro McNeal, II
The Undeniable Value of Public Speaking
Warren Buffett, a titan of business and investment, once stated that “the most important business skill that he ever developed was his ability to speak and communicate well in public.” If a magnate like Buffett prioritizes public speaking so highly, what does that say about its value in your own professional journey?
It’s Not About You; It’s About Them
Dr. Delatorro McNeal highlights a common pitfall: making presentations about yourself rather than your audience. Remember, you’re there to serve, not to showcase. Your presentation should resonate with your listeners, address their needs, and provide solutions they can implement. Can you think of the last time you shifted the focus from yourself to your audience?
Serve, Don’t Just Speak
The nerves that come with public speaking often stem from a performance mindset. Dr. McNeal urges us to adopt a serving mindset instead. When you’re focused on serving your audience’s needs, the nerves begin to fade away. What service can you provide through your next speech?
Storytelling: The Art of Brevity and Relevance
Long-winded, unrelated stories are a surefire way to lose your audience. Dr. McNeal advises keeping your stories short, punchy, and directly tied to your key points. Are your stories sharpened to captivate and convey, or do they need trimming?
Crush the Stage: A Unique Approach to Speaker Training
Dr. McNeal’s Crush the Stage program stands out by ensuring participants actually speak and receive real-time feedback. Unlike other programs where you might passively absorb information, here you’re actively honing your craft. How could active participation change the way you learn and improve?
Presence Over PowerPoint
In a world of digital overload, your presence is more impactful than any slide deck. Authentic engagement trumps glossy visuals every time. How will you prioritize your presence in your next presentation?
Rhetorical Sensitivity: Reading the Room
Understanding your audience’s response in real-time allows you to adjust on the fly, creating a dynamic and responsive presentation. How attuned are you to your audience’s needs and reactions?
The Hall of Fame Distinction
Being inducted into the Speaker’s Hall of Fame is a testament to Dr. McNeal’s expertise. Learning from someone who has not only achieved but been recognized by their peers for excellence in their craft provides unparalleled value. Who are you learning from, and what credentials support their expertise?
Mastering public speaking is more than just overcoming fear; it’s about embracing a mindset of service, fine-tuning the art of storytelling, and engaging with your audience with authenticity and adaptability. Dr. Delatorro McNeil’s insights provide a roadmap to elevating your speaking skills from satisfactory to sensational.
- Shift the Spotlight: Focus your presentation on the audience’s needs, not your own agenda.
- Serve, Don’t Perform: Approach public speaking with a mindset of service to alleviate nerves and connect with your audience.
- Concise and Compelling Stories: Keep your stories brief and relevant to maintain engagement and deliver value.
- Active Learning Through Speaking: Seek out opportunities for speaker training that involve active participation and immediate feedback.
- Your Presence is Powerful: Prioritize authentic engagement over slide-focused presentations.
- Read the Room: Develop rhetorical sensitivity to adapt your presentation in real-time based on audience feedback.