180 Put Yourself in the Background – Joshua Spodek

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Audience, Support, Vulnerable, Listening, Attention

180 Put Yourself in the Background – Joshua Spodek


What is the best way to lead and influence an audience? Today’s guest reminds us that the best way to impact others is to put ourselves in the background and focus on them. By supporting people in a non-judgmental way and listening to them, we can make a huge impact on their lives.

Joshua Spodek, PhD, MBA, bestselling author of Leadership Step by Step and host of the award-winning Leadership and the Environment podcast, is an Adjunct Professor at NYU, leadership coach and workshop leader for Columbia Business School, columnist for Inc., and founder of SpodekAcademy.com.

He has led seminars in leadership, entrepreneurship, and creativity at Harvard, Princeton, West Point, and MIT, and corporations including BCG, IBM, and the NY Academy of Science. He holds five Ivy League degrees and studied under a Nobel Prize winner. He helped build an X-ray satellite for NASA, co-founded several ventures, and holds six patents.

We’ll explore:

Joshua’s audience, and how learns about them.
Some of the tools Joshua uses to read an audience.
Why reading an audience is similar to reading one person.
What Joshua wants from his audience, and how he gets them to share and be vulnerable.
The importance of supporting people in a non-judgmental way.
What Joshua learned from a webinar that did not go as planned.
How Joshua learns about his audience.
Joshua’s three action words for speaking: develop, humble, listen.

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