Connecting with your audience

Connecting with your audience An Interview with José Ángel Manaiza, Jr.

Today, I have a treat for you! Below is the first in a new series of videos in which I interview established and up-and-coming speakers, asking them the same questions I asked the 80+ speakers for my upcoming book Public Speaking Super Powers, which you can pre-order here.

In this first video, I chat with my good friend — and award-winning speaker — José Ángel Manaiza, Jr. I first met José when he was competing to become World Champion of Public Speaking. He had to win four successive competitions to get to that level. And he went on to take second place in the semi-finals of the World Championship. That’s pretty amazing … and yet he is a humble man.

In this video, he shares what he believes is his public speaking superpower:

Connecting with your audience is one of the public speaking superpowers that many of the speakers in my book discuss, and I’ve dedicated one chapter to it. It is both a talent and a skill and those who master it can move audiences to take action.

Just in case you didn’t notice, José has an accent. He’s originally from Honduras. Several of the speakers I interviewed for Public Speaking Super Powers also had accents and are doing quite well speaking to native English speaking audiences. So, if you have been using having an accent as an excuse for not unleashing your inner public speaking superhero, then STOP THAT! Practice makes perfect and you can make yourself understood, even with an accent.

You can learn more about José Ángel Manaiza, Jr. on his Featured Speaker page.

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About the author

Carma Spence, is author of Public Speaking Super Powers. She is fiercely committed to guiding women to Owning their Superpowers and turning their knowledge and interests into a profitable business. She is masterful at helping her clients see what is possible for them and supporting them on the journey from where they are to where they want to be, releasing the Mind Goblins of self-doubt, self-sabotage and second-guessing that keep them stuck.

With 20+ years experience in marketing communications and public relations, natural intuitive skills and certification in using some of the most effective transformational coaching tools available, Carma’s mission and commitment is to unleash the inner power every woman entrepreneur possesses so they can boldly go out into the world, transforming the fabric of people’s lives in meaningful and positive ways.

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