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This podcast answers some of life's most challenging and awkward communication questions. We cover everything from diffusing a jerk to asking for a raise. We'll talk about how to start a conversation at a networking event, and what to do if your nose starts running in the middle of a presentation. You'll learn how to handle these situations with ease. These episodes are based on actual questions from my clients every day and come with practical tips you can start using immediately. I've kept these episodes short, so you get just what you need, when you need it, without having to listen through long, drawn-out interviews. Listen, whether you're talking at work, home, or just hanging out with your friends, there isn't an aspect of your life that isn't impacted by your communication, so why not be the absolute best you can be? 

Apr 22, 2020

 My native language is typo.

I speak and write typo, and while I use spell check, grammar check, Grammarly, and occasionally an editor who extends mercy upon me, I still mess up. It's important that you know this about me before you listen further.

If you are looking for perfection, you won't find it here. If you're looking for authenticity, you've come to the right place.

It's my mission to help people speak with confidence.

You see, I tried really hard to be a "traditional public speaking coach," teaching rules, formulas, and fixes in an attempt to help people be better speakers.

And I failed and I apologize to my casualties along the way.

What I’ve learned along the way is that there aren't magical formulas that help you speak. There isn't a "fix" for fear. There is no one "right" way to speak. turns out that when you help people speak in a way that honors their style, using tools that for work for them, and you encourage them and not shame, you bring out the best in them, and they become the kind of speaker they've always dreamt of being.

It matters to me, a lot, and here’s why… I spent nearly seventeen years as a Speech-Language Pathologist, helping people regain their ability to speak after illness or injury. I believe our ability to speak is the greatest gift we've been given. I believe that there is no one "right" way to speak; I believe there is your way.

I believe that, if you're still listening to this, it’s because you’re a friend or my mom “hi mom” or it’s because you've got something to say, and, if that’s the case, I want you to know that I'm here to help.

So this isn’t a podcast that will teach you how to be polished and perfect.  If you’ve ever uttered the words “I want to be just like Tony Robbins, Oprah Winfrey, or insert the name of your favorite celebrity speaker” this podcast isn’t for you.  

If you dream of permanently ridding yourself of public speaking fear, you won’t find the answer here.

If your goal is to have your audiences rise to their feet, full standing O after every talk you give-this is not for you.  

This podcast is for folks who want to be the best speaker they can be. It’s for people who are willing to show up and do the work that’s required to become a better speaker. It’s for people who are willing to make mistakes and own them. For people who are ready to fall on their face and get back up and try again.

This podcast is for people who want to learn to speak for themselves, not speak like someone else.

And, that my friend is what makes Practically Speaking, it’s what makes me different as a coach. 

Because I’m not looking to teach you the “right” way to speak (right is a direction, not a prescription) you’ve been talking your whole life and you’re already good at it.

I’m here to help you speak as and for yourself.  Your style. Your words. You.

You won’t find prescriptions or magic formulas to fix your public speaking problems here.  You won’t find age-old public speaking handed down from generation to generation with no real basis of evidence for effectiveness here. And you won’t find any shame game here either… shame never motivated anyone.

You will find real advice to help you speak confidently from myself and other professionals who have been through the ups and downs that come with speaking. You’ll have your questions answered without a thinly-veiled ad for why you should buy my next latest and greatest program to find.out.more.

You will find help with your struggles.

You will find inspiration to try new things and to do things that are uniquely you.

You will definitely find humor, snarky comments, and the occasional slip of the tongue by myself or someone else.

And you’ll hear me mess up.  Because mistakes are part of being human and the last time I checked you and I are humans (although if you’re an alien and you’re listening PLEASE message me). You need to know right now that my native language is typo and that happens in my writing and in my speech.  If you’re looking for the perfect public speaking podcast, this isn’t it. You will hear errors in this podcast, I’m leaving them in intentionally.  When you’re talking in front of a group of people, you don’t get the benefit of perfect sound quality or errorless speech, so I’m leaving that stuff in here.

Listen, I’m here to help people speak. It’s what I’ve done throughout my entire career and I am still learning, because there is always something new to learn about how people speak and I love it.

If you’re still here, I’d love to have you join me for this journey. I’m releasing an episode every week so if you’re along for the ride, hit the subscribe button so you don’t miss out.

Thanks for listening.  I’m Alex Perry, the owner of Practically Speaking where I coach and keynote on all things public speaking, storytelling, and communication. You can find me on LinkedIn under Alex Perry and on Instagram & Facebook @pswithalex. Twitter scares me so you’ll find a very sad page with like four friends there.

I’m really glad you’re still here and I can’t wait to talk to you next week.