In a recent episode of the A Better HR Business show, Ben spoke with Michael Barris, speaker, bestselling author & speaking/storytelling coach, about how to connect with audiences, enhance public speaking skills, and pave the way for more meaningful conversations.

Michael Barris

Michael Barris is a transformative coach renowned for his expertise in guiding speakers of all proficiencies to conquer anxiety and elevate their communication abilities. Leveraging a multifaceted background as a speaking champion, accomplished musician, acclaimed journalist, and seasoned university instructor, Barris has empowered countless individuals—ranging from corporate executives and media personalities to educators and students—to realize their speaking and life aspirations. His approach, rooted in the dynamic interplay between speakers and audiences, facilitates profound personal and professional growth.

Holding a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Bachelor of Education, and a Master of Arts in Communication, Barris is the co-author of “The Social Media President: Barack Obama and the Politics of Digital Engagement” (Palgrave Macmillan), a seminal work penned alongside communication scholar James E. Katz. Furthermore, his extensive portfolio includes numerous contributions to the Wall Street Journal, and he has lent his voice to amplify the perspectives of academics and business leaders as a ghostwriter and public advocate.

In his most recent book, “How to Become a Super Speaker”, Michael Barris presents seven principles for conquering speech anxiety and delivering impactful presentations. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned speaker, his practical advice offers invaluable guidance for mastering the art of public speaking and connecting with audiences.

In a wide-ranging discussion, Michael and Ben talk about:

  • The power of storytelling in public speaking and its impact on connecting with audiences.
  • How HR consultants and HR tech firms can leverage storytelling and public speaking to better understand their clients’ pain points and challenges.
  • The relationship between small talk, authenticity, and gaining access to closely guarded private information in a business context.
  • “How to Become a Super Speaker”: The 7 principles for speaking with confidence and connecting with audiences.
  • And much more!

Thanks, Michael!



Michael Barris, Transformational Speaking Coach, Speaker, Bestselling Author

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