The One With Red Stafstrom
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This episode we discuss one person’s experiences of overcoming their fear of public speaking as an introvert – which they did via the medium os stand-up comedy!
Amongst other things we take a look at why (neurologically speaking) people are afraid of public speaking, and explore some tips and techniques which you can use to help you overcome that.
This episode we cover –
- How an introvert ended up doing StandUp
- The tools for StandUp which can help any speaker
- Why we hate hearing ourselves, and how we can overcome that.
And much much more!
Host of Why How Yes Podcast
Red grew up as a classic nerdy introvert. He was skinny and enjoyed reading, video games. In college, on a dare, he entered a stand-up comedy competition and won, going into New York City multiple times per week in order to do stand up.
Eventually Red needed to focus more on school, and needed more money than he was able to make as a young comic. He graduated college in 2008 with a degree to teach high school history, a few months after the collapse of Lehman Brothers. He needed a job, and found a fit in sales.
Since then, he tried a number of different sales jobs and learned the ropes of each, without really feel passionate about any of them. In 2018, Red connected with Jared James who is one of the top Real Estate Coaches in the United States. Red became a consultant who focuses on helping commission only real estate agents become the top producing salespeople they know they can be.
Fear Strategist, coach, international speaker, multi-time best-selling author, hypnotist, occasional magician, and presenter of this show.
And someone who, for far too many years, was massively held back by a very strong social phobia – speaking with strangers, or even meeting strangers, was at best deeply uncomfortable, and at worst utterly terrifying for him. For far too many years.
So he did the logical thing – he pursued a 20 year career in IT with some success (becoming a Fellow of the BCS in the process).
Until one panic attack too many, which forced him to reconsider his life.
So he studied NLP and hypnosis, used those tools to conquer his own fears and phobias, and since 2010 he has helped others around the world to transform their deepest fears into their greatest strengths through his coaching, speaking, books, and trainings. Indeed, since 2010 he has helped over 5,000 people to transform their lives.
Having travelled the world for a while doing this, he has settled back in his native Scotland, where he is focusing on the next step in his journey of helping as many people as he can to conquer their fears. Which includes the launch of this Show!
Since 2010 Keith has helped over 5,000 people to transform their lives.
Now he brings the distillation of his experience into a weekly show designed to help you to transform your deepest fears into your greatest strengths.
Some episodes feature Keith running solo, discussing topics related to fear, phobia, mindset, and taking an interesting look into where it all comes from and what we can do about it.
In other episodes, Keith invites a special guest to join him and to discuss their experiences in overcoming their own fears, so that we can gain some insight into how we might do the same, or even to explore the more esoteric areas around fear – sometimes in some unexpected yet very interesting ways!
Presented in both audio and in video, across multiple platforms, so that the show can meet those who need it where they are.