In this episode, Ani Filipova sits down with Nausheen Chen, a 3-time TEDx speaker and seasoned public speaking coach, to explore her journey and uncover invaluable tips on overcoming public speaking fears. Nausheen shares her experiences from working in corporate environments to starting her own filmmaking agency in China, and eventually finding her true calling in public speaking coaching. Also, she coached 350+ execs at Google, Amazon, SAP, AT&T and more. Her story is about resilience, transformation, and finding one's true passion.

Nausheen discusses her journey, including her adoption and the impact it had on her life and career choices. She delves into the practical aspects of public speaking, offering advice on how to manage nerves, engage with an audience, and maintain authenticity while speaking. This episode is packed with insights for anyone looking to improve their public speaking skills and gain confidence in front of an audience.

Expect to Learn:

  • How to identify and overcome specific fears related to public speaking.

  • The importance of a pre-game routine for calming nerves and energizing before speaking.

  • Strategies for engaging with the audience, both in-person and online.

  • The value of understanding and amplifying different parts of your authentic self on stage.

  • Techniques to avoid memorization pitfalls and effectively use slides as prompts.

And much more!

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🌟 Episode Highlights:

(01:39) Introduction to the 'Change Is Possible' podcast.

(02:24) Nausheen I. Chen discusses her early love for public speaking and performing in front of her family.

(03.08) Insights about various career transitions

(06:23) Personal story about her adoption and how it shaped her life and career.

(13:05) Importance of aligning personal vision with career choices.

(17:42) Transition from corporate job to filmmaking and public speaking coaching.

(21:32) Overcoming the fear of public speaking and identifying specific fears.

(23:11) The role of a pre-game routine in calming nerves before speaking.

(28:06) The best way to immediately engage with the audience

(30:11) Ani’s experience with her TEDx talks, dealing with technical difficulties, and not memorising speeches.

(31:57) Strategies for effective use of slides as prompts.

(33:37) Engaging with the audience and maintaining authenticity.

(35:53) Differences between speaking in-person and online, and maintaining energy in virtual settings.

(39:21) Advice for those looking to improve their public speaking skills quickly.

(40:58) Conclusion and final thoughts on finding joy and passion in your career.





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