May 22, 2019
Greg Smith is a
Public Speaking Coach, Business Collaboration Catalyst, and
Chairman of the Board at Compco Industries. He talks with Jim and
Jan today about how being the mentee of John Maxwell and Tony
Robbins changed his life. He also shares what he learned while
writing Speak Like a Pro
Without Looking Like a Jack@$$, and what he’s learned from being the current
license holder for TEDx Youngstown.
[3:02] Greg has studied and
worked with many of the world’s top thought leaders and executive
coaches, and one of the biggest influences of them all is John
Maxwell. Four of the largest areas of impact John had on him were
in relationships, attitude, equipping people for success, and
[7:02] Want to watch a great
speech reader in action? Greg suggests watching the way President
Obama connects with people without coming across as just
[7:22] Speakers are vision
casters, and leaders should be able to establish trust and
stability with their audience to transfer a message of hope and
belief in a better future.
[10:11] Neuro Linguistic
Programming can be applied to anything personally or
professionally. It can provide a short cut to the learning curve,
and can help someone become aware of the patterns and limiting
beliefs holding them back.
[13:34] It’s one thing to be
great at something, but explaining it to people requires hyper
[17:37] When it came to his
book Speak Like a Pro
Without Looking Like A Jack@$$, Greg found the writing part to be easier than
[20:16] There is power in
sharing our struggle and in turn helping other people learn and
[24:29] It’s important to spend
your time and money pointed towards your ultimate goals and the
person you want to become.
[25:15] Jan and Greg disagree
with the Eat The Frog theory of doing the worst first in the
morning. Instead, do your best stuff first.
[27:29] Leaders need their rest!
Getting proper sleep and rest is just as important as
[31:22] TEDx Youngstown is there
to shape the future leaders and speakers of tomorrow.
[38:02] Figure out what you want
in life and then multiply it by 20. When you focus your life on
what you want, it’s amazing how it comes to you.
“You want a mentor that is
growing at your pace or faster.”
“The best people in the world
see things happen before they happen, and their body will make it
“Once you figure out what you
want, life is easy.”
“Look at how you spend your time
and your money and if it’s in line with the person you want to
“You have to put time into
yourself to help others.”
“You can’t manage time, but you
can manage priorities.”
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