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How To Speak Like A Roman Emperor with guest Donald Robertson

Released Thursday, 17th September 2020
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What does stoic philosophy have to do with public speaking and presentations? More than you'd think.

I recently read 'How to think Like A Roman Emperor' by expert in stoic philosophy Donald Robertson. It surprised me that he wrote a fair bit about orators and rhetoric of the sophists and how public speaking was an essential leadership tool in ancient Greece and Rome for those in positions of power, especially an emperor. It's not so different today. The ability to persuade and influence still lies largely with those who speak from some kind of stage.

I asked Donald if he'd be willing to be a guest on my show and to my surprise he readily agreed. I learned a lot from our conversation, as will you I'm sure. I know I will be referring back to this conversation for a long time to come, as we discussed so many areas, like decatastrophising our thinking, cognitive behavioural therapy, hyperbole in modern life and a number of other profound areas.

I highly recommend Donald's book 'How to think like a Roman Emperor' and have previously published a book review for it on my YouTube channel. On his own website Donald has several courses and many materials you can check out to bring a little more capital S Stoicism into your life and philosophy. https://donaldrobertson.name/

There is an opportunity for all of us to join the 8th International Stoicon Conference in October 2020 which this year, due to the pandemic, is a virtual event. You can find more information here https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/stoicon-2020-virtual-c…

I encourage you to check out Donald's Facebook group on Stoicism, which is where I first encountered him https://www.facebook.com/groups/Stoicism

I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. If you'd like to catch the video version on YouTube, here's the link https://youtu.be/YKNbD_TvZHQ and please like and subscribe the channel whilst you're there.

Next week we'll be celebrating the 50th episode of Speaking of Infuence with one of my top wish list guests Daniel Priestly, author of How to be a Key Person of Influence and other great entrepreneurial books. He's also co-founder of Dent Global and an excellent business speaker. Don't miss it!

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The number one leadership skill in this age of communication is public speaking. It has traditionally been classified as a soft skill but I believe it’s a meta-skill and a critical ability to have in your business tool belt.Since the days of Plato and Socrates, public speaking (oratory) has been a prized quality in leadership and still remains one of the best ways to gain credibility and followers. The art of rhetoric was born and public speaking has become the top tool for influence and persuasion in the worlds of politics and business.If you want to become a key person if influence in any field, you will need to master public speaking and presentation skills. We now know much more about the tools of influence and persuasion than the ancient Roman orators, thanks to luminaries like Robert Cialdini and Robert Greene, as well as many others.According to Linked In, persuasion was the most important skill to learn in 2019, and for good reason too. We are in a time where most jobs and work as we know it are in the process of automation thanks to developments in AI and robotics. Presentation skills and public speaking sit at the perfect nexus between education and entertainment that will mean those who possess these skills will still remain in demand.In the podcast, we’ll get to speak with professional speakers, as well as professionals who use speaking as a part of their branding and marketing. You’ll hear from psychologists, marketers, agents, actors, comedians and more as we discuss all things relevant to presentation and influence skills, even the dark side.Make sure you subscribe to never miss an episode.

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