9 Speaking Lessons from Dr. John Daly (Part I)

9 Speaking Lessons from Dr. John Daly (Part I)

Have you received an invitation to attend an event and first thought “I just really do not want to go to this.”

I am sitting in a café on a lake, eating a fresh breakfast taco, soaking up my vitamin D doing my work when I get a text from my wife “You need to come hear this man speak, he is phenomenal and has some great points.”

The view where I am sending out emails and working from.

The view where I am sending out emails and working from.

I think… “I don’t want to leave the sun to go sit in a filled lecture hall to hear a man who I have never heard of speak.”

Chelsea was persistent and sent me another text “get over here now!” (Men, sometimes you just have to listen to your wife).

I send out a few more emails, I finish my breakfast, get in the car and think “Great, now I am going to only see the end of this guy’s speech and I have so much work to do. This is a waste of my time.”

I arrive at the lecture hall and it is packed with students. The lights are dim and I realize Dr. John Daily is talking on video, not in person. What? This is a video? I just gave up my lake view office to watch a YouTube video of a man speak? Chelsea is getting a lecture from me.

Five minutes later the man arrives (apparently the video is a 35 minute intro so we can learn about him and what he teaches).

Dr. Daly is an older man. A professor. Hands in his pocket, quirky with a little style and a lot of smile.

John DalyHe walks in and the energy trails behind him. He starts talking, breaks most public speaking 101 rules and instantly his words hit my ears and tell my brain “Ryan, what are you doing? You better start taking notes.”  He wastes zero time.

An hour later I have four pages of notes. My hand hurts from writing so much and my new pen has been broken in.

Tip after tip he gave. Story after story. Point after point. He kept the audience laughing. Engaged. Energized. More importantly he taught. He taught a lot. He gave me more information in an hour then I read in entire books.

Dr. Daly gave us more than nine points but these are those that stood out the most to me.

This article is a three part series and here we go.

1)   Stop sitting next to who you know: Why would you sit next to the same people? You already know them! Get to know other people by sitting next to them at events, on the bus or even in a lecture hall. You grow if you know more people. Expand your comfort zone to expand your network. It reminds me of the Cuba Before Castro article.

2)   Ask for older people’s advice more often: There are two ways we can receive knowledge. One way is through experience and one way is through learning through books, educational materials and learning through other people’s mistakes. Who better to learn from than those who have lived and experienced life AND who have made mistakes, read lots of books and have been around the block a time or two. Ask for older people’s advice.

3)   Treat kings like commoners and commoners like kings! (No other explanation needed).


This post was written by
At age 25, Ryan Avery became the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in history; competing against more than 30,000 people from 116 countries to claim the 2012 Championship title. As an Emmy Award winning journalist and a proud member of the National Speakers Association, Ryan uses his background in multimedia and speaking to help reach the younger generation on the importance of improving their communication skills in order to advance in their professional and personal life.

4 Comments on "9 Speaking Lessons from Dr. John Daly (Part I)"

  • David says

    Nice! I can see that the next best thing to being there is having you to report it to us. Thanks for this!

  • Thanks Ryan! Truthfully, I felt the same the night you came to see us in Austin, I was tired and wanted to go home and watch Netflix and Thank Goodness something told me to get over myself and go. I have a notebook of notes and a new person I know who believes in visualization station as much as I do and encourages me to DREAM BIGGER every day since the seminar. Thank you for being so awesome, all the time. and Thanks to Chelsea for pushing you, She is good that way :-)

  • Maruan says

    Ryan, great lessons. Thanks for sharing. The third point reminds me Kipling’s poem “IF”.

    • Thanks for sharing Maruan :)


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