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

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

7) Listen to trash but don’t add to it: Stand apart from the crowd. Don’t add to the gossip. Remember that “A gossip is one who talks to you about others; a bore is one who talks to you about himself; and a brilliant conversationalist is one who talks to you about yourself” – Lisa Kirk

8) Have fun with your name: Have you ever approached someone and didn’t know how to say their name and they shoot back at you with “You PRONOUNCE IT LIKE THIS!” If you have a weird or different name, get creative with helping people learn how to remember it and pronounce it correctly.

9) Never let your ego get in the way: I was on the phone the other day with a wonderful man named John Garcia and he said “Your ego, is not your amigo.” Great line! John Garcia and John Daly are 100% correct. Don’t let your ego get in the way of you becoming successful. If someone talks bad about you, that means you are getting heard. If you think you are the best at something, get ready to get passed by in a few years (maybe a few days the way technology is going). If you think its your way or the highway… I am sorry to say you won’t last! Never let your ego get in the way.

How to be a Speaker: Stop siting next to people you know and ask for older people’s advice more often. Treat commoners like kings and kings like commoners. Do favors for others that cost you a little but get you a lot. Befriend people without friends and be optimistic. Listen to trash but don’t add to it, never let your ego get in the way and have fun with your name!

Question one: If you could only take one piece of advice from Dr. Daly, what would it be? 
Question two: When is a time you let your ego get in the way and it hurt you?
Question three: Would you rather be a college professor OR an oceanographer? 

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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.

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