I write all the texts for the website myself, so it’s not easy for me to write about me, but I will try. You’ll also forgive me if I spend a lot of the time blowing my own trumpet – but what else would you expect from a public speaking guru?
When I was a little boy, I wanted to grow up and be a pilot like my dad. He, of course, was overjoyed by this idea and began trying to train my courage: I spent a lot of time hanging upside down on very high monkey bars, jumping over fire and spinning on all kinds of flight simulators. Slowly I became a physically fearless child, but when I had to go up on stage one day to give a short announcement, I was attacked by the worst anxiety that I had ever experienced. It was so strong that not only was I completely frozen on the spot; I couldn’t even get my mouth working to speak !
At that moment I could easily have given up on the idea of speaking in public altogether – but my father had taught me to always try and overcome my fears. And so with maniacal persistence I began to read and read and read – anything I could find on public speaking. I went to endless conferences and listened to numerous lecturers and speakers, not to mention the fact that I took every chance I could to perform myself. Even when I hadn’t been asked, I volunteered. As the years passed, people began to notice my charisma and talent for public speaking, and I started to get requests for help and advice. After another couple of years, public speaking became my profession.
My original training course The Art of Oratory 2.0 very quickly became hugely popular, and I still hold sessions based on this course for 500 people 10-15 times a year in various countries. My book The Kama Sutra of Public Speaking was another bestseller, which has been translated into four languages and is on sale in many countries. The pocket book 101 Tips For Public Speaking is a quick to use guide that helps thousands of people engaging in public speaking on a daily basis. Today I work with ministers, public figures, presidential candidates, members of the political elite and CEOs of big corporations, and my client list is growing.
Gradually the public speaking world led me to think about leadership in general. I created a number of workshops on that topic as well as writing various books. I have been voted ‘Russia’s Best Coach’ a total of three times. My book A Leader’s Charisma won the Ru.net Book of the Year award and was declared the best Russian business book of 2013.
I am very proud of all these achievements and feel incredibly motivated to do more, but my greatest achievement of all would be if all four of my children become successful orators and realized the leadership potential that they most definitely have.
VOTED ‘RUSSIA’S BEST COACH’ THREE TIMES