Episode 19: How To Connect With Your Audience – Interview With Shah Turner of 30 Foot Gorilla

Engage with someone as a person first, before any of the other stuff…[then] they’ll really want to know about what you have to say.

shahThis week I am thrilled to be joined by talented designer, fellow podcaster and tallest half-Malaysian I know, Shah Turner.

He’s not quite 30 feet tall, but he does host the 30 Foot Gorilla podcast, a show dedicated to helping designers set up their own businesses.

So if you’ve ever thought about starting up your own design practice, Shah’s podcast is definitely worth a listen!

I was excited to interview Shah because he knows that in order to run a successful business, good communication skills are critical. It’s the best way to get clients to believe in you and your fabulous ideas!

In this episode you will discover:

  • Shah’s “Two Things” about guest critics:
    1. They are genuinely interested in what you have to say
    2. Guest critics are people too!
  • Why it’s important to establish a connection with tutors and guest critics BEFORE you even start your presentation
  • How you can do this!
  • What our social situations can teach us about delivering a better presentation
  • Why you don’t have to be a perfectly articulate presenter
  • The number one thing Shah struggled with as a design student
  • Why Shah believes being true to yourself is going to help you in your career
  • …plus much more!

Get in touch with Shah:

Podcast: http://30footgorilla.com/#the-podcast
Give him some Facebook love: https://www.facebook.com/30footgorilla
Follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/30FootGorilla

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