#82 Michael McQueen – The Art of Public Speaking and Influence, and how to Change Minds

Michael McQueen is one of the world’s leading public speakers and works with companies like Google, Toyota and Mastercard and has helped some of the world’s most successful brands navigate uncertainty and stay ahead of the curve.

Michael is a multi-award-winning speaker, change strategist and author of 10 books including his most recently published best-seller, Mindstuck, a ground-breaking guide for Mastering the Art of Persuasion & Changing Stubborn Minds.

In this discussion we’re tackling a common fear, a phobia, that so many people experience from teenagers to retirees. A phobia reported across multiple studies every year as one of, if not the top phobia: glossophobia, the fear of public speaking. Michael has previously been named Australia’s Keynote Speaker of the Year and has been inducted into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame. He lives in Sydney with his wife Hailey and son Max.

In this episode Andrew and Michael discuss:

4:00 Getting public speaking tips from TikTok, the 3 different levels of public speaking and what drives our fear of public speaking.

11:00 Training out the fear of public speaking, the difference between public speaking and coaching and learning standup comedy.

18:00 How Michael prepares his keynotes, the importance of a good transition from topic to topic and the importance of diversity in your presentation.

27:30 Coming up with a 15 minute showcase, being nervous and talking to a wall.

35:10 Michael’s Pre-Performance routines, how Michael starts his presentations to get into a flow state and the importance of vocal warmups.

45:45 The importance of behind the scenes work, having good props and slides and making sure you target your audience.

52:30 using over 100 slides in a presentation, bombing a keynote and dealing with technical issues.

1:08:00 Andrew’s worst ever presentation, starting with small victories and making friends with the AV team.

1:16:30 Following up with clients after a keynote, Michael’s new book and finally catching up to yourself with new content.

1:27:00 Learning how to podcast, how to change someone’s mind and Angela Poon and Dr Kristy Goodwin’s reflections.

You can find Michael at his Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelmcqueen1
Or at his Website: https://michaelmcqueen.net/
Buy your copy of Mindstuck: https://www.booktopia.com.au/mindstuck-michael-mcqueen/book/9781637557396.html

Find out more about Andrew’s Keynotes : https://www.andrewmay.com/keynotes/

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