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Ep 295: Keys to Powerful Presentations from My Favorite Hollywood Actress Stephanie Szostak | Recap Episode

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You may think that giving presentations is reserved for a select set of career choices, such as keynote speakers or press secretaries.

But in fact, there is a wide range of scenarios that require us to call upon our presentation skills.

Whether you’re giving a speech at a wedding, or you need to lead training at work, you’ll need to draw on your public speaking skills to share information and keep your audience engaged.

Today on the show, AJ reflects on her conversation with Stephanie Szostak, a model and actress who you may recognize from her memorable roles in film and television.

Tuning in, you’ll hear AJ recount her top takeaways from their conversation, including her presentation tips and why it’s never too late to find your calling.

We loved having Stephanie on the show and we can’t wait to share her wonderful insights with you.

Make sure you tune in for a quick and informative recap on how to overcome your fear of public speaking and bring your best self to any presentation!

Key takeaways from this episode

  • AJ shares her top takeaways from her conversation with Stephanie Szostak.
  • How Stephanie got her start in acting and why it’s never too late to find your calling.
  • Why doing something extremely challenging is worth it when you’re passionate about it.
  • The wide range of people who can benefit from Stephanie’s presentation tips.
  • Why the fear of public speaking is such a common phenomenon.
  • The importance of keeping in mind the emotion you would like to elicit from your audience.
  • How to get in the right headspace before a presentation.

Tweetable Moments

“It’s never too late to start something new, to find your calling, and be the best at it that you can possibly be.” — @AJ_vaden [0:02:50]

“It’s never too late to reinvent and to be something new and to be somebody new and not be afraid to do that. And it will cause new learning curves and changes. But that’s okay. Because if that’s what you’re called to do, it’s all worth it.” — @AJ_vaden [0:04:02]

“It’s going to be hard, but because you’re passionate about it, it will all be worth it.” — @AJ_vaden [0:04:40]

“You have to be in tune with the emotion you are trying to create before you go out and try to create it.” — @AJ_vaden [0:07:53]

About Stephanie Szostak

French-American actress, Stephanie Szostak recently starred on ABC’s hit series A Million Little Things as Delilah; she is also a Give an Hour Ambassador, speaks to various organizations (from corporate to non-profits supporting immigrant women, teens, breast cancer warriors and mental health) encouraging people to “find their truth… with love & humor” and is the founder of “Our Boob Stories” who’s mission is to create a healthier narrative around the subject of boobs by illustrating our Collective Journey, from budding to sagging, through sickness and in health, the milestones that shape our breasts and us along the way.

Stephanie has been featured in Vanity Fair, Oprah, People Magazine, Glamour and Marie Claire just to name a few and has appeared on The John O’Leary Podcast, amongst others. She speaks on emotional well-being, overcoming failure, authenticity, being an outsider, reinventing yourself, and body image.

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RV (00:07): Hey brand builder, Rory Vaden here. Thank you so much for taking the time to check out this interview as always, it’s our honor to provide it to you for free and wanted to let you know there’s no big sales pitch or anything coming at the end. However, if you are someone who is looking to build and monetize your personal brand, we would love to talk to you and get to know you a little bit and hear about some of your dreams and visions and share with you a little bit about what we’re up to to see if we might be a fit. So if you’re interested in a free strategy call with someone from our team, we would love to hear from you. You can do that at brand builders, call brand builders, call. We hope to talk to you soon. AJV (00:54): Hey, all, welcome to the recap episode of my conversation with Stephanie Szostak, who is my favorite Hollywood actress and also someone that you should go check out and listen to in this episode talk about an authentic human being of someone who is just unabashedly herself in the most amazing way possible. But we talked about, you know, presentation tips from, you know, you know, the Hollywood actors and actresses. And I loved her take on this and we talked about a whole bunch of things, but I here’s a few things that I think that I would like to highlight and some of the conversation that we had with Stephanie on the show and the first is has nothing to do with presentation or anything. But since I know Stephanie personally, and we talked a little bit about this on the episode is how she got her start in acting and in modeling. AJV (01:48): And it was a very non-traditional route and it was a great reminder to me. And what I wanna share on this recap episode is that it’s never too late. It’s never too late to start something new, to find your calling and be the best at it that you can possibly be. And I love this because Stephanie started her modeling and her acting to career in her late twenties. Y’all most people are starting their modeling careers in their late teens, not their late twenties. So in theory, she was a decade behind the ball. And also this isn’t recent, right? This was now almost 20 years ago. So this wasn’t common for that time period for her to be doing this in her late twenties, but she did. And then she started acting and it’s like, she got at her start quote unquote late, but I don’t think it was late. AJV (02:35): I think it was perfectly time for exactly where she was doing, what she was meant to do at that time of her life. That’s true for you too. It’s true for me. It was true for her. And it’s true for you. You are not too old. You are not too young. It is not too early. It is not too late to do what you feel like you were called to do, to do what you’re passionate about doing the time is right now. And it’s the best time. It’s the best time, right. Frigging now. So I love that and I loved her story. I just love her story in general of, it’s never too late to reinvent and to be something new and to be somebody new and not being afraid to do that. And yeah, it will cause new learning curves and changes, but that’s okay because if that’s what you’re called to do, it’s all worth it. AJV (03:26): I love this quote and I’m, I don’t have the, the name of the person who quoted this, but I’m gonna share it anyways, even though I cannot give credit where credit is due, this is not my quote, do not quote me on this. But it’s like, it’s going to be hard, but cause you’re passionate about it. It’ll all be worth it. I will find the author of that quote and put it in the show notes, but I love that quote. It’s like, yeah, it’s gonna be hard, but because you’re passionate about it, it will all be worth it. And that is a great reminder of one of big takeaways I took from this episode of just accounting, her story of how she got into acting and modeling. And today she has been in so many amazing movies and shows and is incredible at what she does. AJV (04:14): But started in her late twenties seemingly too late, but actually perfectly timed for exactly where she should be and what she should be doing. Okay. That was the first thing. The next two things do have to do with some presentation tips and I love this and I, I think these are really important for anyone who gives presentations. And let me just be clear. School teachers give presentations, parents give presentations, employees, employers, speakers, authors, consultants, podcasters. Yes. We all give presentations. Like if you are in a job of communicating to another human person, you give presentations, you just don’t view it that way, but you do. And that is a communication change that we all need to have in terms of public speaking and presentations. And I think it’s so interesting that, you know, the number one fear of people is public speaking, even above death. AJV (05:06): Like that’s just fascinating, but yet we all speak in public all the time. Like when do you not speak in public? Like you’re talking to strangers all the time when you order your coffee or you order food. And yes, I know they’re not like formal presentations, but are we afraid to do those things or is it just the idea of being in front of a group of people and being stared at and potentially judged and not knowing how they’re gonna perceive you? Is that what we’re really afraid of? Not the speaking itself, but really the fear of being judged. And I think that’s a better thing of what people are really afraid of. It’s not public speaking. It’s what if I don’t bring any value? Right? What if they don’t like it? What if they don’t like me? What if somebody records, it puts on the internet and I become a meme, right? AJV (05:54): That’s what we’re afraid of. Not public speaking, we’re not afraid of that. We’re afraid of all the things that come with public speaking. So I think that was in really good context of you gotta get really clear on like, what are you trying to convey and what emotion do you wanna convey when you’re doing it? And it can’t be a, an emotion of fear. That’s for dang sure. And so I think the first thing I’ve loved about this is she really gets in the mindset of you have to be in tune with what emotion are you trying to create before you go out and try to create it so simple, but yet still freaking hard to like really tap into it’s like, how do I wanna tell this story? How do I wanna deliver this message? How do I want the audience to feel? AJV (06:43): And in her case, you know, of viewers around the world, how do I want them to feel in this moment? And I think that comes back to again, something else that’s really important is we’re afraid when we make it all about us. But if we were to change our mindset on what it means to public speak or present or communicate, and we were less focused on how are we gonna sound? How are we gonna look? How are people gonna view us? And we were more concerned with how do I help them get this information in a way that’s gonna be impactful to them? How do I share this information in a way that they will receive it? Or how do I give it to them in a way that they will enjoy it, have fun with it, use it right? But if we make it about them, not us, it changes the landscape of how we create our presentations and how we communicate in general. AJV (07:35): But you gotta go with it with what do I want them to feel? Not how do I wanna feel? How do I want them to feel and start your presentation, start your plan for communication from there. So good. So, so good. Loved that. Third thing, last thing I’m gonna share, I’m trying to keep these under 10 minutes always for your listening convenience. But here’s the last thing that I would share that I thought was a really good takeaway is just how you get yourself in the mindset before you communicate or present. And that could be again to your family to a video camera like I’m doing right now. I’m not talking to anyone right now. I’m talking to myself on zoom, but I have all of you in mind. Right? So it’s like, I need to know. It’s like, what do I really want you to get from this? AJV (08:22): So it’s like, I’m not presenting to a group of people right now, but yet I am, I am presenting to a group of people because I have you all in mind. So how are you getting yourself in the right mind space, the right head space before you go in and present, right? So she gives ideas around like, do you have music that you listen to? Do you have affirmations that you read, right? Is there like some sort of body movement that you do? Do you have notes that you wanna look over, but what are you doing to get yourself in the right space to make sure that you bring your best self to that presentation or communication or video or whatever it is that encounter that it’s like, what are you doing to put yourself in like game mode? Right? it’s like if I were gonna go out and yeah, I don’t know why this came to mind if I was gonna go out and like do a tennis match, which I’m not a very good tennis player and I’ve never been in a match. AJV (09:15): So I don’t know why that came to mind, but it’s like, I’m pretty sure I’d have an idea of what I would do. I’d probably have some warm up rounds. I’d have my playlist prepared and ready to go. I would have my affirmations. Are we doing the same thing when we turn on that camera and hit record? Or are we doing that same thing before we address our team? Or are we doing that same thing before we have that one-on-one conversation? Or before we step on stage, before we hit go on a podcast interview, right? Are we, are we getting in game mode before we go and do it? So yeah, this was such a solid interview. So many applicable tips. And what I loved, it’s not just about being a presenter, IE, a speaker or an actress is about how to be a communicator. We all communicate. And this is, this applies to all of us. So how do we get in the mode of being good communicators? And just realizing like it’s about them. Not us is about them. Not us. Go listen to this episode, go check out the full thing, go look up Stephanie, show stack, coolest girl ever love her. Go check her out. Go listen to the episode and we’ll catch you next time on the influential personal brand. We’ll see. Y’all.

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