Getting Ready for 2018: Best Advice from Billionaire Warren Buffett

“I’m not good at presentations,” “I don’t have any good stories,” “My topic is boring,” “I’m an introvert,” and “My work is done one-on-one so I don’t think I need public speaking skills.”

These are the comments we hear from so many folks who come to Interact Studio for the first time. They walk in thinking they are different a way that misses the mark. When the very thing that makes them different is the most powerful thing they possess.

Consider working on a form of self-expression in 2018 that could change your life. That self-expression is Authentic Speaking, which is to speak not from who you think you should be, but from who you really are.

Bring Value to People

This is not about becoming Tony Robbins, although we think he’s pretty special. This about creating a bond of trust between you and your listener. If your goal is to bring value to people, transmit excitement, share compelling information and promote a shared vision–authentic speaking will help you do it.

Too soft for you? Well, the “dividends on the investment” you make in the art form of self-expression will pay off for the rest of your career. Listen to billionaire Warren Buffett’s advice to a class of business students at Columbia University back in 2009:

“Right now, I would pay $100,000 for 10 percent of the future earnings of any of you, so if you’re interested, see me after class. IF you can improve your value by 50 percent just by learning communication skills–public speaking. If that’s the case, see me after class and I’ll pay you $150,000.” Warren Buffett

On more than one occasion, Buffet has advised people who inquire about the secret to success that the art of public speaking is a game-changer.

If you are an entrepreneur, student, teacher, artist, advocate or human being seeking a life of meaning and influence, our courses have been shaped with you in mind.

You might be a consultant inside your organization, or a visionary leader trying to elevate your cause. It doesn’t matter. The secret to persuasion, influence, and motivation is a formula deeply grounded in heart, guts, your story, commitment and practice.

If we can support you on this venture, contact Tina Tyler. You can also register for the centerpiece course at Interact Studio, Your Authentic Speaking Style™.

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Lou Solomon

Lou Solomon is the founder of Interact. She is a TEDx speaker and a member of the adjunct faculty at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. Her articles have appeared in Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur.com, CEO.com, and Fast Company.