In this episode of The Transformative Leader Podcast, I’m excited to bring you a powerful conversation with bestselling author, motivator, and powerhouse entrepreneur, Ruth Soukup. The discussion today is a profound one, and is about something that is a constant presence in all of our lives in one form or another: fear. “What would you do if fear no longer stood in your way?” That is the central question that Ruth set out to explore in her forthcoming book, Do It Scared®: Finding the Courage to Face Your Fears, Overcome Obstacles, and Create a Life You Love.
Whether you are a professional speaker or aspire to overcome your fear of public speaking and effectively convey your message, I believe you will find the tips and suggestions in this episode to be practical and immediately applicable. In this audio recap of my recent blog post, I go beyond the traditional public speaking tips and share a number of powerful ideas in three categories of actionable suggestions, namely, "Know your audience," "Know your message," and "Effective Delivery." Any one of these suggestions has the potential to make you a more effective presenter, but combined, they will ensure that you transform your ability to contribute to and influence others in a way that makes a difference for them, personally and professionally.
In this episode, I briefly go over a topic that has far reaching implications on whether you set extraordinary goals in life or settle for playing small, and whether you will remain resilient in pursuit of your goals or give in to the barriers that you may encounter. That topic is the fear of failure and what we make it mean about who we are and what we are worth. Check out this short episode to discover the key reason we let our fear of failure stop us, and a few tips and tricks for setting ourselves free to boldly declare, courageously pursue, and abundantly achieve the extraordinary.
When I first started my professional career as an entry level engineer at a manufacturing plant, my operations manager—my boss’s boss that is—was well-known as someone who made things happen. He had been plateaued at his level in the organization for quite some time, but rumors circulated that apportioned him with more clout than most of his superiors. I later learned that he had made a name for himself in start-ups, which he had led by spurring people into action and making things happen in the short-term, but he was not necessarily known for leading ongoing operations where he had to put sustainable systems in place and demonstrate consistent leadership behaviors. I’m sure we all know a leader or two like that!