Keynote Speaking / Fireside Chat / Q&A
Over the past 20 years, my experiences in theater, business, and law has provided me the opportunity to speak to thousands in both public and private settings. During that time, I cultivated a self-awareness and skill set that helped me engage those listening. To make an impact, I realized that I needed to emotionally align myself with my message, and only by sharing the secret truth of my convictions was I able to make an impact. These insights now serve as the foundation of The Salazar Method.
Let me redefine the art and tool relied upon by entrepreneurs, professionals, and anyone with a message to share. Rather than focusing on the mechanics of speech and stage presence, I will share a new perspective that has never been discussed. By recognizing that "public speaking is nothing more than having a private conversation out loud," your audience will walk away energized by this truth. They will also recommit to sharing their vision and message by embracing a new definition of what it means to be authentic.
Excerpt from the "The Salazar Method" (to be published in spring of 2017):
"As I've mentioned, vision is your North Star, and it will help you determine whether your actions and words are in line with the convictions that drive you. But even then, if you are going to make an impact, you must emotionally align yourself with the topic that you are speaking about. So, choose wisely - because your words must resonate out from an emotional center. But to do this, they need to touch on the personal and human.
Now this is not a tactic. But as people, we care about and react to human topics because they directly relate to our quality of life. And by focusing on this fact, you can ensure that even your most intellectual ideas are grounded in reality. But your words must relate to the human experience: love, fear, self-worth, identity, family, fulfillment, etc. These are issues that concern us all. But if you miss this point, your words will likely fail to add any real value. But a focus on the personal will ground you in what really matters, and it will ensure that the content of your message is both relevant and meaningful to those listening.
But don’t forget that delivering an authentic presentation still requires you to pay attention to those listening; again, public speaking is simply having 'an individual conversation with a lot of individuals.' And while preparation and planning are necessary, there is a big difference between passionately sharing the specifics of your vision and trying to repeat a memorized speech. Simply put: be vulnerable, be purposeful, and brave. Also, never forget that there is no audience - only people. Remember, “public speaking is simply having a private conversation out loud...”