I found myself on a big stage for the first time at just 23 years old. As I stared out at more than 500 people I remember asking myself why I had agreed to speak. My heart was pounding so hard I could hear it in my ears, and then they handed me the microphone. I began talking so fast I’m sure they thought I was an auctioneer.
I knew I was speaking really fast but I couldn’t seem to slow my pace. When all was said and done everyone clapped, and afterwards people even came up and congratulated me, but I knew that I sucked. No exaggeration– it was really bad!
When I decided I wanted to be a great speaker I knew I would have to start out as a bad speaker. I would have to be bad at it long enough to get good at it so that one day I could be great. I joined Toastmasters, became the Vice President and then President of our local group, and have since presented to over 100 groups and 1,000’s of people.
Being a great speaker is a never ending process. I love it because I get the opportunity to meet and connect with amazing people, and I get to share my stories while having a positive impact on the audience (and maybe even the world).
There are three things to aim at in public speaking: first, to get into your subject, then to get your subject into yourself, and lastly, to get your subject into the heart of your audience.
I started a digital + creative agency in 2009 called Webfor, and today we have 15 employees with a growing family of clients all over the country. We’ve developed an amazing culture and business model that is centered around delivering what we call the 3Rs: Relationship, Results & ROI.
In addition to founding the company, I also act as CEO and serve as the Director of Digital Strategy, which is where I get to help businesses grow and succeed every day.
I’ve always tried to experience life to its fullest– from competing in full contact fighting competitions and both failing and succeeding in business, to falling head over heals for a woman I met online, marrying her, and raising two beautiful children.
All of my experiences– the good and the bad– are the foundation for the stories I tell and the unique perspectives I have on business and life in general. I strive to relate to audiences and individuals with all kinds of backgrounds and aspirations, and I hope to provide some key takeaways that will help people in their lives, occupations and relationships.
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