The Lazy CEO Podcast

Achievable Communication Styles and the Fear of Speaking Up

by Apr 22, 2024The Lazy CEO Podcast

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In this Episode About Communication Styles and Overcoming the Fear of Speaking Up

  • Allison Shapira discusses communication styles and overcoming the universal fear of public speaking by connecting with the audience through collaborative leadership and identifying a clear sense of purpose.
  • She advises on communication structure, endorsing the ‘rule of three’ to keep messages clear and memorable, and the use of transitions to guide the audience through the presentation.
  • Building trust and establishing credibility are emphasized, with strategies varying based on audience familiarity, which can range from personal anecdotes to humor, all aimed at enhancing audience engagement.

Here is a Glimpse of Communication Styles and Overcoming the Fear of Speaking Up

In this episode of “The Lazy CEO Podcast,” host Jim Schleckser speaks with Allison Shapira, a former opera singer who now specializes in improving communication styles, particularly public speaking. Though not the founder, she has been involved with the nonprofit Vital Voices Global Partnership. The podcast delves into the universal fear of public speaking, its evolutionary roots, and how public speaking is an opportunity for collaborative leadership.

Shapira emphasizes the importance of identifying one’s purpose before speaking, whether it’s in a meeting, a pitch, or a presentation. This sense of purpose will inform how leaders communicate with their team and other stakeholders. She advocates for consistent messaging that is authentic and inclusive, focusing on the outcome desired from the communication.

Thank You to Our Guest

Allison Shapira

For the past 20 years, Allison has focused on the power of voice as a way to connect with others and inspire them to take action.

She is a former opera singer turned entrepreneur, author, and leadership communication keynote speaker. After training in classical voice, she realized everything she learned as an opera singer about commanding a stage and using her voice made her a powerful speaker and communication expert. That was the catalyst that inspired her to found Global Public Speaking and apply those same strategies to the corporate world of leadership.

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