Speaking can be pretty intimidating for introverts. In fact, you might be under the impression that all successful professional speakers are extroverts. After all, isn’t getting up on a stage the ultimate example of being a “people person”? As a matter of fact, introverts can be great public speakers–and they often bring something unique to the stage. This week, the Speaker Lab founder Grant Baldwin (who is actually an introvert!) sat down with Dr. Mike Bechtle (another introvert!) for an episode dedicated entirely to introverts and public speaking.
Dr. Bechtle’s career spans many fields: ministry, teaching college, writing books, and decades of work for a renowned coaching company. Now retired, he’s focusing on growing his platform as an author and speaker. You’ve probably seen his name in the “inspirational books” section, where his best-selling works on communication, and interpersonal relationships reside. In a few months, you’ll be able to read his upcoming book about how introverts can succeed in the workplace. If there’s an expert on empowering introverts to communicate confidently, it’s Dr. Bechtle. And if you’re an introvert hesitant to launch your speaking business because you think your personality is holding you back, what Dr. Bechtle has to say is sure to help you take the leap.
Many introverts think that they need to change their personality or copy the flashy, theatrical extroverts to perform well on stage but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Introverts actually have a particular advantage as speakers, given their characteristic intentionality and drive to create impact. Your deep thinking and empathetic nature as an introvert enables you to effect real change for your audience. In Episode 441, Dr. Bechtle shares how to get comfortable in your own skin while succeeding as a speaker.
You’ll also learn all about:
- When to hire a professional coach to help you lean into your strengths.
- Why being introverted doesn’t affect your ability to match your energy to any size audience.
- How to mix and mingle with your audience and avoid burnout.
- How to engage emotionally with your listeners.
- Strategies for blocking out time to recharge at your events.
- …and so much more!