Aleem Naseer - I Began My Speaking Career by First Creating Content That I Thought Would Be Valuable for People (International Speaker & High Performance Strategist, Calgary, Canada)

High-Performance Strategist, Author, International Speaker and University Lecturer

LinkedIn - @Aleem Naseer

1. Tell us more about what you do and what led you to speak on this platform.

I am a high-performance strategist. This basically means I help people achieve their goals and aspirations by improving their thinking, while also applying effective strategies for their success. I believe that most of us never achieve our goals because we have been conditioned to believe that success only comes from our hard work. 

Unfortunately, if you look around today, there are millions of extremely well-intentioned hard-working people who have never achieved the results they want out of life. Therefore, I think more is required to be successful. In my talks, I share what these missing steps are.

2. How do you choose and prepare for a talk?

Before I decide on a talk, I research my audience first. I try to determine what their goals and challenges are. Once I know this information, it is much easier to deliver a talk that appeals to them. 

Once I am clear on what they are interested in, I spend a lot of time practising how to deliver this information in a way that motivates them, is easy for them to understand and provides them with steps they can implement to improve their situation.

3. How can one become a public speaker?

To be honest, I really don't know if there is a formal approach or path to becoming a speaker. I began my speaking career by first creating content that I thought would be valuable for people to know. After doing this, I was fortunate enough to have lots of practice delivering this information at the university that I teach at. 

Once I became more comfortable and confident in expressing my content, I began to contact places that I thought I could impact positively. After doing this for some time, people began to approach me to speak at various events and conferences.

4. Can motivational speaking become a full-time career?

Yes, I believe so. I know of speakers who make a full-time income travelling the world giving talks to many different types of audiences. There is a lot of travel involved and connecting with the right people is key for anyone who wants to make speaking a full-time career.

5. Which is your favourite talk ever and how did it change your life?

I actually don't have a favourite talk because I have seen so many great speakers share their amazing insights. In general, however, the types of talks I enjoy the most are the ones where the speaker is discussing something important to the audience, clear on his/her delivery, has fun on stage and uses effective visuals to elaborate on the key points he/she is making.

6. What are the best public speaking tips that have worked for you?

The best tip I can give is to prepare like crazy for your talk. I would say that for every hour that you will be speaking, you should prepare for 15 hours (at least). Pay attention to your tone of voice, how fast you speak, your gestures, the visuals you use and if your content is easy to follow along with or not. 

By considering all these factors, you will be able to better connect with your audience. You will appear more relaxed and authentic to them. When you can connect with your audience in this manner, your talk will impact them more.

7. What impact do you want to make in the world?

I love this question! This is the reason I became an educator. I get to contribute to the betterment of others through this profession. I love helping people see that they are more capable and talented than they think they are and that they can achieve whatever they truly want out of life. 

I think many of us settle for careers, relationships or lives that do not truly fulfil us when we do not have to. We only get one shot at life, so let's make it a great experience for ourselves and others.

8. Which is your favourite book and why?

My favourite books are "Unlimited Power" and "Awaken the Giant Within." Both of these books were written by Tony Robbins. I like these books because Tony helped me see, for the first time, the amazing things we can achieve when we understand the awesome power of our mind. 

When I learned how to improve my beliefs and changed the way I viewed the world around me, my results changed drastically.

- Interviewed by - Pratika Dahal 

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