If you are someone who struggles with standing up and facing an audience to deliver a speech, you may want to join us in this episode. As ironic as it may sound, taking a few pages out of clown college teaching can really boost your public speaking performance.
My guest is someone who has done both. Don Colliver helps busy executives and managers at Google become better leaders by understanding the core elements of clowning. As an example:
Clowns use emotional intelligence skills to create emotionally safe spaces for their audiences.
- clowns are good at reading the audience and knowing when to push and when to pull back
- clowns use humor to create an emotionally safe space for the audience
- clowns use humor to relieve tension and help the audience relax
- clowns are experts at embodying the imperfections of being human
Don Colliver teaches popular public speaking courses internally at Google and around the world and speaks professionally for Fortune 500 companies including Adobe, Cisco, and Medtronic.
Don has performed with the Blue Man Group and toured internationally as a theatrical Clown. He recently released a #1 bestselling book entitled “Wink: Transforming Public Speaking with Clown Presence” to help communicators profoundly impact their audiences through the power of authenticity, listening, and play: the Secrets of Clown!”
Free speaking engagement exercise (not sure if this will be appropriate to bring up for your audience): https://doncolliver.com/engage
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