Gigi Rosenberg, Public Speaking Coach – InnovaBuzz 196
Gigi Rosenberg, Public Speaking Coach
In this episode, I’m really excited to have on the InnovaBuzz podcast as my guest, Gigi Rosenberg a public speaking coach, artist coach, a writer and solo performer. Gigi has 25 years of experience in corporate communications and fundraising and her specialty is working with executives, scientists, introverts, nonprofit leaders and ambitious artists. She helps them deliver presentations with confidence and ease, by helping them find their story, organize what they have to say and homing in on their most important message.
In our discussion, Gigi talked to me about
- How focusing on your audience and their needs and also remembering to breathe will calm you in any presentation or speech
- Getting clear about the transformation you want the listener to experience
- and Gigi observed that Everything is a performance!
Ilise Benun on episode 162 introduced us to Gigi.
Listen to the podcast to find out more.
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Show Notes from this episode with Gigi Rosenberg, Public Speaking Coach
Key points and take-aways from this episode include:
- Your presentation has nothing to do with you. It is really all about your audience. Staying focused on who they are, what they need, why they came to hear you, and where you want them to be by the end of the journey, takes a lot of the pressure off right away.
- Rehearsing is super important especially if you could do it in the same room or a similar room.
- Let go of the outcome. Sometimes, if you care too much that it has to be in a certain way, it makes that certain way almost impossible to achieve.
- Think about that idea of transformation and what you want the transformation to be. Put it into words and claim it.
- Dig down into the meaning. Focusing on the WHY can make all the difference.
- Do a speech that is very conversational so it feels like a human being talking to another human being.
- Do not memorize. Instead, have bullet point notes to remind you of your transitions and what you are going to talk about next.
- Practice the pause. It gives people time to digest what you are saying. It shows that you are a human being and like everyone else you sometimes lose your place.
- Learning how to perform well is a lesson. Learn how to forgive yourself. Let yourself be human by just getting up there to have a conversation with your audience.
- A filler (umm, you know) is a habit. Get rid of that habit by being conscious about it.
- Practice being relaxed because being relaxed makes everything in life so much easier.
- A story can be a good way to open something if there is something inherently interesting about it.
- Acknowledging your audience’s appreciation at the end of your talk is really important.
The Buzz – Our Innovation Round
Here are Gigi’s answers to the questions of our Innovation round. Listen to the interview to get the full scoop.
- #1 thing to be more innovative – Putting the idea into writing or into words. Articulating what the idea really is.
- Best thing for new ideas – Letting my mind wander, writing it down, and talking it through.
- Favourite tool for innovation – Things
- Keep project / client on track – Be direct and honest with clients of what needs to happen. Be with the clients in the struggle.
- Differentiate –Really think about what makes you unique and really stand your ground.
To Be a Leader
Wake up early and get the important stuff done first. Claim the first hour of the day as your own. Always be articulating, talking, and writing about what it is that you do because the more you do that, the clearer it gets for your clients, but more importantly, the clearer it gets for you.
Gigi suggested I interview Genevieve Margherio of Red Lemon Creative. So Genevieve, keep an eye on your inbox for an invitation from us to the InnovaBuzz podcast, courtesy of Gigi Rosenberg.
Cool things about Gigi
- She’s the former editor of Professional Artist, an award-winning business magazine for visual artists.
- She’s performed off-Broadway at the United Solo Theatre Festival and at Seattle’s On The Boards.
- She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from McGill University.