One of the episode themes of my new podcast Words that Change Lives, is head to head, where I have a healthy debate looking at two sides of the coin on a topic. 

The first of these is in episode 5 which is out today, and it’s Public Speaking vs Stand-Up Comedy with Louise Stevenson, a stand-up comedian and founder of Speak Easy Coaching.

Louise offers a glimpse into her journey from a stand-up comedy course in New Zealand to performing on prestigious stages in Australia and the UK. Her view? Comedy is a skill that can be taught and honed through personal experiences, upbringing, and a natural inclination toward humour as a mechanism to disarm and engage crowds.

Throughout the episode, we address the significance of hard work, building confidence, and earning stage presence through experience and perseverance. 

By sharing personal anecdotes and experiences of facing challenging audiences and “bombing” moments, Louise gave a genuine and relatable perspective on overcoming failures and fears, resonating with professional speakers and aspiring comedians alike.

We also discussed the psychological aspects of fear and failure, emphasising the evolutionary roots of the fear of public speaking and the transformative potential of embracing mistakes as vital learnings in the journey to becoming a powerful communicator.

The conversation also delves into the vital role of humour, anecdotes, and relatability in engaging and connecting with audiences, whether in a corporate presentation or a stand-up comedy set. 

You can listen to it here

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