In this week’s episode, I sit down with Sarah Lang – an executive coach, leadership instructor, and speaking instructor. Sarah is a Senior Consultant at Corporate Speech Consultants and she teaches two courses at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies: Public Speaking and Presentation Skills, and Leadership Presence and Presentation.
Throughout our conversation, Sarah shares insights on how to create deep connection and inspiring conversations. She emphasizes the importance of mindfulness and taking the time and space we need to process our thoughts.
Furthermore, Sarah showcases her mastery of communication techniques, particularly the effective use of silence to convey her points. Tune in to this episode to learn from Sarah’s expertise, improve your own communication skills, and elevate your presence in professional settings.
04:24 – Sarah introduces herself as a leadership coach, and explains how her work relates to public speaking – which she defines as anytime we deliver a message to a group
09:23 – She discusses the mindset needed before delivering a message and the importance of structuring a message according to the rule of threes
14:45 – We dive into effective communication, covering both verbal and non-verbal cues in in-person meetings
20:43 – Sarah shares her thoughts on communicating virtually and highlights the three key pillars of content, sound, and non-verbal cues
36:25 – Sarah addresses the potential constraints and pushback clients may have when speaking publicly and sharing their point of view
38:34 – I ask her about ways to manage our emotions during conversations, and how to remain present
44:30 – We spend more time talking about mindfulness, and how Sarah uses mindfulness to stay grounded in her daily life, with her clients, her students, and her family
48:20 – Sarah emphasizes the importance of self-compassion when managing failure or the perception of failure
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