Episode from the podcastSpeaking of Influence

Unwrapping humour with guest comedian Melanie Gayle

Released Friday, 9th October 2020
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Continuing my series on using humour in presentations, I was fortunate enough to get to chat with comedienne, rapper, actress, presenter and businesswoman Melanie Gayle. We dive into what it takes to be funny on a platform and how the most important thing can just be to give it a go and get started.

Melanie has a wealth of experience and she shares some of the lessons she's learned along the way, as well as giving us many funny moments to enjoy. It was a delight to chat with Melanie and she's a great example of how someone can evolve and grow in their lives to be more than just one thing, as on top of her career as a performer she also runs a talent agency.

We talk about mental flexibility and adaptability, we talk about the value of comedy courses and just going for it as well as many other aspects of performance. Mel brings the energy and you'll love listening as much as I enjoyed getting to chat with her.

Join us for a great conversation and a lot of laughter on this episode of Speaking of Influence.

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The number one leadership skill in this communication age is public speaking. It has traditionally been classified as a soft skill but really 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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