Episode #712 Gary Genard: Fearless Speaking

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Moe and Dr. Gary Genard discuss methods to transform stage fright into confidence. 


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Gary Genard

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Do Nerves Make You a Better Presenter?

I was asked earlier this week to share my opinion on Hollywood’s best actors, and without hesitation I mentioned Al Pacino.  There are far too many reasons on why Pacino is an American film legend; still for me, its his ability to move an audience that’s without peer.  Naturally as a sports fanatic, those four minutes in the locker room in ‘Any Given Sunday’ will forever etched in my brain; and I’m certain they continue to be a source of inspiration for millions.     

“I don’t know what to say, really.  Three minutes to the biggest battle of our professional lives.  All comes down to today, and either, we heal as a team, or we’re gonna crumble.  Inch by inch, play by play.  Until we’re finished.  We’re in hell right now, gentlemen.  Believe me.  And, we can stay here, get the shit kicked out of us, or we can fight our way back into the light....”

While many believe that those four minutes somewhat echoed Pacino’s life, his delivery was a master class in how to captivate an audience.  In speaking with Dr. Gary Genard about his book - Fearless Speaking:  Beat Your Anxiety.  Build Your Confidence.  Change Your Life - we identified this one trait to be common in all great speakers.