3 Tips for Making an Impact Through Speaking from Dave Allred

“If something scares you, you should probably do it.”

Dave Allred joined Grant on the podcast this week to talk about how he’s built speaking into his career, overcoming fear, and leveraging speaking to build relationships and grow his impact vs just pitching to a bigger audience.

Here are the top 3 takeaways from their conversation:

If you’re scared, do it!

Learning how to try new things and be ok if you fail, but learning how to work through the problem-solving of it to become decent or good at it develops resilience and helps set you up for success.

Dave’s at a point in his life where he only has 3 fears. Can you say that?

If we focus on developing this muscle of growth and intentionally expanding our comfort zones, we can do more, grow faster, and create a truly remarkable legacy in the world.

Stop pitching and start adding value.

When you’re on stage and you’re selling something like an investment opportunity, it’s not a “sign up at the back of the room” kinda vibe. It’s a bigger relationship and a much bigger decision.

So, taking time to offer as much value as possible to the audience primes them to reach out to connect with you. The goal isn’t to develop a great pitch. It’s to build strong relationships, which you do by delivering a lot of value from the stage.

Focus on providing actionable steps, developing and sharing methodologies, and creating something that will stick with attendees after they leave.

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Just get out there and do it!

When it comes to overcoming those fears, stop waiting for the right time, the right wind, or the right feeling. Just start saying yes! Start speaking, do some standup, meet new people, do it for free, and start talking about it on social media. Learn from what goes well and what doesn’t, but instead of staying in analysis paralysis, start doing the thing and get some data to work off of!

“My advice would be, is to just dive in headfirst and again, take every single speaking opportunity that you can, even if it’s for free, even if you have to pay for the flight or the hotel and whatnot, just go and do it.”

Ready to hear more? Check out Episode 474 of The Speaker Lab podcast here or wherever you get your podcasts.


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