As a parent, there are a number of situations that tend to be universal to all families. One such case is the time-honored tradition we call the “play date.” Specifically, the meltdown at the end of a play date. Let’s replay the scenario and see if it sounds familiar to you. You’ve spent all afternoon at your child’s friend’s house. All you want to do is go home. You’re tired. You’re hungry. You do your best to wrap things up, wind down, pack up, and go. Then, WHAM!!! the inevitable happens and the meltdown begins. Kids screaming. Toys throwing. Parents yelling. Dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria. Typically, the night ends with the parent eventually carrying out a kicking and screaming kiddo under their arm. There’s the understanding gaze back between parents, a wave goodbye, and a snarky, “Bye. We should do this again real soon.”
Alright folks, it's finally happening. When I started up this company in March 2016 it was to help raise a larger platform for a book on parenting an public speaking that I wrote called "Dad's BIG Speech." After nearly a year of pitching, proposal, chatting, and trying to sell the manuscript to a publisher or literary agent, I decided it was a time for a different tact. I decided let's just get the content out there and we can adjust later. So...
I've decided to record the entire book into a series of clips for the Your Next BIG Speech podcast. Every Monday for the next few months you'll be able to listen to the audiobook version of Dad's BIG Speech.
We are evolving into a pretty diverse and immersive society. The days of a regular gathering of a small group of friends have mostly vanished. They have been replaced and exploded into online fame and infamy. Your childhood group of five friends has grown into 300 or more online friends and followers. This is our world today and it will not change anytime soon.
Parents and public speakers, alike, can gain an incredible breath of information from the social communities online. The same goes for us here at Your Next BIG Speech. We follow other parenting blogs and feeds (@ScaryMommy and @HowToBeADad are particularly fun) and public speaking forums like @Toastmasters and @Andy_OSullivan.
Parenting & Public Speaking. Together
The behaviors, experiences, and techniques parents use everyday can improve YOUR NEXT BIG SPEECH. Whether it be using silly voices or just playing with the kids, these actions improve self-confidence, stage presence, and audience engagement. And that’s just the beginning…