I have had the privilege of chatting with some of our most influential leaders about their views on public speaking. In this series, I share excerpts of my conversations with leaders in their industries talking about their experiences with public speaking, to inspire others to face their fears and gain an insight into the thought process of the confident speakers and leaders we see on stage.
Professor Gary Martin, FAIM, FACE
CEO of the Australian Institute of Management, WA
Professor Gary Martin is a thought leader, LinkedIn Top Voice and one of Australia's most respected business figures. Despite being an accomplished speaker, Gary has a fear of public speaking and in this video he talks about what his fear is and why he feels it.
CEO of Thought Leaders
Lisa O'Neill is a globally respected speaker - and she also happens to be the CEO of Thought Leaders.
Needless to say, Lisa has plenty of experience with public speaking and across all that experience, she's had a few unusual things happen to her while she's been on stage!
CEO of Bentleys Network
Tony Sacre is the CEO of Bentleys Network, a leading financial organisation. His career includes senior executive roles within Commonwealth Bank, HSBC, JP Morgan and National Australia Bank. I had the pleasure of chatting with Tony about public speaking and was really interested in his views on how public speaking starts from when we are in school!
CEO of Reinvention Consulting
Vanessa Vershaw is a media personality, speaker and award-winning Business Psychologist and Transformation Coach for Fortune 100 organisations globally. She is the author of Bitch Fight and a pioneer for women's leadership through her program, Trailblazer. Contrary to popular belief, Vanessa feels nervous before speaking and in this video she openly speaks about her emotions around public speaking.
CEO of StudyPerth
In his role as CEO, Phil Payne is required to do a lot of public speaking, often presenting to Ministers and Government officials. In this video he talks about his level of preparation, what he does and why he prepares so thoroughly.
Partner, HLB Mann Judd
Norman Neill spent 6 years as the Managing Partner for HLB Mann Judd and during his tenure, he was required to do a lot of public speaking. Here, Norman talks about why it is important to speak up as a leader.
CEO of District 32
Have you ever been asked to deliver an "elevator pitch" - or a 60 second spiel of who you are what what you do? It's a great opportunity to introduce yourself to a room of people and it can be daunting for some people to articulate their message.
According to Lorraine Garvie, the CEO of District 32 (one of Perth's most successful networking groups) the 60 second pitch is a skill worth learning and in this video she explains why it is so important.
Managing Partner, Bentleys West Australia
Chris Nicoloff is the Managing Partner for Bentleys in West Australia, responsible for the audit, advisory and financial reporting services for a range of listed and private companies and not for profit entities.
Chris is the most prolific networker I know. His ability to build relationships is unparalleled and he brings a fresh, dynamic approach to the financial world. In this video, Chris talks about how a presentation in China was the catalyst for him learning how to build trust and relationships.
CEO of Muscular Dystrophy WA
Hayley Lethlean is the CEO of Muscular Dystrophy WA - she's a remarkable person doing amazing work for our community.
She has a client facing role, often delivering public addresses and facing the media. With such a high pressure role, I asked Hayley is she ever felt nervous about speaking in public and her response was really endearing!
Managing Director, Minnovare
Callum is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Minnovare - a global mining technology firm based in Perth.
One of the things which struck me about Calllum is how calm and measured he is when he speaks. When we caught up, he talked to me about why it's important to stay grounded during meetings and presentations, and why you shouldn't try to be the smartest person in the room.
CEO of Urban Development Institute of Australia
Tanya Steinbeck is one of Perth's most respected business leaders and as part of her role, she hosts events and does a lot of public speaking.
At the end of 2020, Tanya hosted the Premier of WA, Mark McGowan, in front of 500 people. Whilst on stage, the Premier felt uncomfortable and what Tanya did to handle the situation is a masterclass of public speaking.
CEO of Modern People
Jennifer McMahon is one of the warmest people I have met. She's the CEO of Modern People, Founder of The Modern Day Woman, creator of Ecoluxe Events and an influencer in Perth's business and social community.
Jen does a lot of presenting and to deal with her anxieties around public speaking, she's developed a method for picturing a tool-kit whenever she's in front of an audience. Here is what Jen had to say about building and picturing your toolkit.
CEO of WA Leaders
Rupen is the CEO of WA Leaders, one of Perth's most prominent networking organisations. In his role he is required to speak in public and is often on stage delivering keynote addresses to rooms of over 150 people.
When I spoke to Rupen about the notion of public speaking being a soft skill, his response was - definitive!
CEO of Football West
James Curtis is the Chief Executive Officer of Football West who's role involves facing the media and often speaking publicly.
James has an interesting 'barometer' approach for gauging his audience and in this video, he explains his unique approach!
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