Have you ever seen a really important person in your company or even in the online world in real life and you just freeze because you have no idea what to say to them. And if you don’t say anything at all, you miss on creating an amazing connection. This just happened to my husband and I. We were at a car wash here in San Diego and we were wishing our car right next to Pat Flynn from the Smart Passive income Podcast which I have listened to for years. We hesitated and almost didn’t say anything but finally, we said, hey are you Pat Flynn? It was spontaneous and a little weird but it’s exactly what we are talking about today in this podcast. Making more spontaneous moments to advance your career or business. So let’s dive in.
Author and Founder of The Humphrey Group
How to Be Spontaneous with Judith Humphrey
Judith Humphrey is the founder of The Humphrey Group, a premier leadership communications firm. She is a communications expert whose business teaches global clients how to communicate as confident, compelling leaders. Judith is the author of three books (Speaking as a Leader, Taking the Stage, and Impromptu: Leading in the Moment), an acclaimed speaker, and a columnist for Fast Company.
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Some questions I asked:
How did you fall into this world of impromptu and spontaneity?
What are some tips for mastering small talk at work?
How can we be ready for what is coming our way? Or is it even possible to be ready?
As a leader in our companies or businesses, why is this so important?
What is scripting yourself?
How do I stop using fillers (“um,” “uh,” “like,” etc.) in my speech?
How does body language affect people’s perception about you?
What are some examples of how you should tailor your body language, word choice, and tone to specific audiences?
In This Episode, You Will Learn:
Judith’s book is important because leaders with strong communication skills stand out for their ability to inspire in off the cuff exchanges. Her book which I was just reading before this interview today unlocks the secrets of successful spontaneity which I have to tell you Judith, I am an introvert and I like being prepared. So I will be learning along with my listeners today about how I can be more spontaneous. I know it’s something I have learned in the last 8 years of speaking in front of people and putting myself out there, it’s so important to deliver your message with clarity and confidence even for us introverts!
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