Episode 070 -- Speak about your Fire and Meet Dr. Melissa Bird
By Bill Monroe
2-Minute Tip -- Know the thing that lights you on fire Melissa Bird explains that the key to success is to know what lights you on fire. When you know that fire and can speak to your passion, it becomes so much easier to let your voice through regardless of the audience size. But how do you figure out what your fire is if you don't already know? Here's where I think pen and paper and a quiet corner or coffee shop can help. Give yourself 15 minutes and write down the answers to these questions. Don't worry about getting it "right" or making it presentable. All you want is ink or graphite on paper. What do you talk about with friends? What do you post about most on social media? What angers you most in the news? What is your go-to advice for folks? Odds are something you are passionate about will be on that list. That's great for personal stuff, but I know most folks want to improve their speaking skill at work and prefer to keep politics and life issues separate because they may not be directly related to your quarterly sales presentation or negotiating skills seminar. That's fine. Simply at "at work" to each of those questions and the exercise will still help. It will help you identify the issues at work you most need to speak about. Post-Tip Discussion Melissa Bird, PhD, MSW is a passionate feminist whose education in social work has led to a career advocating for children, women, and their families. She is a fierce believer in social justice advocacy and preparing women for leadership roles in politics. She has a wealth of experience working with policy makers, community leaders, and other stakeholders to improve access to reproductive health care for women, men and teens. As a writer, professor and fiery public speaker, Dr. Bird creates the genesis for a new brand of leadership. Her words awaken revolutionaries, trailblazers and powerful innovators in the quest for justice. When she’s not building her public speaking Empire, she can be found reading trashy novels, drinking fine whiskey, playing mom to three delicious humans, and loving her punk rock scientist James Thomas Kelly. I met Melissa Through Melanie Childers who you heard from in episode 68. Melissa's experience with speaking began with dealing with tremendous speaking anxiety in high school, in front of an audience of 15 other students. A great teacher helped her through it and pushed her to succeed, providing the basic tools she needed for success. Melissa would later go on to speak at political rallies to audiences large and small, to conferences for social workers, and to anywhere she could share message of social justice or finding your voice. We also talked a lot about Facebook live. Melissa regularly uses the platform to connect with her audience and to work out ideas and thoughts she may want to talk about in the future. It's a fascinating platform that frequently draws a larger audience than expected. The discussion has me thinking about ways to incorporate Facebook Live into 2-Minute Talk Tips and Strokecast. After show, anyone? Links related to this Episode Melissa's website https://birdgirlindustries.com/ Melissa on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pg/birdgirl1001 Melissa's Facebook Live videos https://www.facebook.com/pg/birdgirl1001/videos Melissa on Twitter https://twitter.com/birdgirl1001 Melissa on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/birdgirl1001/ Episode 068 with Melanie Childers http://2minutetalktips.com/melanie This episode http://2minutetalktips.com/birdgirl Call To Action What do you think about finding your voice or working things out through Facebook Live? Let us know in the comments below. Would you like to share your literal voice? Leave a message at 650-TalkTip (650-825-5847) To share this episode on Facebook or the social media platform of your choice, click the icon below, or just copy and paste this link: http://2minutetalktips.com/birdgirl To learn more about Melissa's work or to work with her, head on over to birdgirlindustries.com. Make sure you speak about the topics that light you on fire. Don't get best…get better.