WHH34: Scared Speechless – Overcoming Public Speaking Nerves with Steve Rohr

Steve Rohr Heather Havenwood

Who is Steve Rohr?

Steve Rohr is a communications expert, highly sought-after consultant in the communications field, public speaker, communications coach, Publicist for the 2016 Academy Awards, and the author of Scared Speechless: 9 Ways to Overcome Your Fears and Captivate Your Audience*.

Overcoming a Fear of Public Speaking

Steve literally wrote the book on this topic but he also offers some great tips in today's episode about how to overcome a fear of public speaking by accepting that nerves are a good thing.

“Public speaking is a huge fear. In fact, it’s the number one fear in America.” – Steve Rohr

How to Create Likeability

I've been around the block when it comes to the public speaking industry and I can vividly recall experiences where I've listened to someone speak for forty minutes, without remembering a single specific thing they said, and still came away from the speech being very impressed by them.

According to Steve, this is the “Likeability Factor” and it's one of the most critical aspects of public speaking. Also according to Steve, one of the main components in having a high Likeability Factor is being authentic.

“You have to be yourself because people can smell fake a mile away.” – Steve Rohr

Why Entrepreneurs Should Learn How to Communicate Well

Even if you're not interested in creating a revenue stream around public speaking, you should absolutely learn how to communicate well. Not only does this help you appear as more of an expert in your industry, it can also literally help you get money if you're working with investors to obtain funding.

The good news is you can only get better with practice and even the best public speakers in history had to start from the beginning.

“Nobody’s born with a silver tongue in their mouth.” – Steve Rohr

If you are short on time, here are the highlights of Scared Speechless – Overcoming Public Speaking Nerves with Steve Rohr:

Who is Steve Rohr? ([2:06])
Overcoming a Fear of Public Speaking ([3:27])
Why Perfect Speeches are Bad ([9:06])
How to Create Likeability ([17:19])
Why Entrepreneurs Should How to Communicate Well ([25:04])
The Ethics of Public Speaking ([32:48])

Connect with Steve Rohr

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Scared Speechless: 9 Ways to Overcome Your Fears and Captivate Your Audience*

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Steve Rohr's Bio

Steve Rohr is the Communication Codebreaker, unlocking the potential for human relationships. A highly sought-after media expert, Steve appears frequently on TV and radio across the U.S. and Canada. He's the coauthor of “Scared Speechless: 9 Ways to Overcome Your Fears and Captivate Your Audience.” In addition, he's taught Communication and PR at universities as was the Show Publicist for the 2016 Academy Awards.