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Do you ever feel scared stiff when you’re public speaking? We’ve all been there, but on this episode of Social Media Success for Professionals, Heather sat down with her good friend Julie to learn how to loosen up, gain confidence and stay flexible in life and in business.
Julie Cotton is a true star who performs and teaches improv to people from all walks of life through her business Next Level Improv. She also has a background in health and wellness, therapeutic massage, yoga and more! In this episode, she explains how entrepreneurs can benefit from embracing a little more curiosity, adaptability and spontaneity.
Social Media for Success for Professionals Talking Points
[1:33] Introduction to Julie Cotton
- She performs live improv.
- She teaches people from all walks of life how to be creative, have fun, and loosen up.
- The lessons of improv can help you become a better speaker.
[3:31] How to be a strong storyteller
- People want to walk the path with you when you intrigue them.
- Improv helps you take life less seriously.
- Humor and confidence will come when you don’t force them.
[5:35] Improv helps with adaptability
- Flexibility is also key to entrepreneurial success.
- The “Yes, and” principle of improv helps you meet life as it comes.
[8:00] Improv ideas can help keep you on your feet in new situations
- Making new choices on the spot keeps your mind sharp.
- Take your imagination to the gym and work it out.
- Learn how to play the instrument of ‘you’ like a pro.
- Access all aspects of yourself without limiting them.
[10:10] How to overcome the fear of judgment
- Be “selfish” and do what you want to do.
- If you’re doing things for your own joy, there are no stakes.
- Don’t expect anything from the audience.
[12:29] Improv is great for sales
- Sales is a questioning game of curiosity.
- It’s about helping people discover their problems.
- Find out who you want to work with
- Obstacles are what qualify you to be an expert.
- Keep trying new things to see what works for you.
Try applying these lessons to your business life and watch how you surprise yourself! If you’d like to learn more about Julie Cotton, her creative endeavors and how you can work with her, you can find her here: