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Stephen Shapiro on Mastery, Performance and Innovation


Meet Stephen Shapiro

Stephen Shapiro is a keynote speaker and author who sparks innovation by showing leaders and their teams how to approach, tackle and solve business challenges. In this 2-part conversation with Stephen, he reveals how he helps companies and people innovate. He tells us how he conditions himself to step on stage in front of hundreds or thousands of people. In this episode, Stephen shares these secrets of Mastery and Performance.

Stephen will explain why you must engage your audience not just intellectually, but also physically and emotionally. Even if you do not consider yourself a public speaker, you may still benefit from this conversation. When you present in front of clients, facilitate discussions with coworkers, or talk with your friends and family, you can use these skills.

Lucky for us, Stephen was not afraid to address this sensitive topic: the misconceptions associated with innovation. He also explains how innovation has changed over the past two decades.

Stephen explains how we get stuck in our ways and approaches, and how to get unstuck. Our confirmation bias kicks in when we only see evidence that supports our previously-held beliefs.

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Show Notes (Times Are Approximate):

Part 1 (Episode 4):

  • The trigger or tipping point that helped Stephen take on a new vision from Accenture to professional speaker in innovation?” [5:30]

  • Launch of Stephen\’s first book. Writing is easy, marketing is hard. What Stephen learned [8:30]

  • Personality Poker (book) – firsthand experience at Stephen\’s workshop [12:30]

  • The importance of Mastery & Performance [15:00]

  • How has innovation changed overtime? (15-20 year span) [22:00]

  • Tools and resources Stephen leverages on and off stage [25:10]

  • Don\’t think outside the box, find a better box! [30:00]

  • How to construct a brief of any kind [31:50]

  • Stephen\’s daily routine & outlook on life [37:30]

  • To-do list vs. Could-do list [38:40]

  • Books Stephen reads, and the human tendency of confirmation bias [40:00]

Part 2 (Episode 5):

  • Tips and tactics on engaging audience: visceral reaction do not happen in intellectual conversation [3:00]

  • How can you identify or hypothesize people\’s backgrounds and interest? Should you care? [10:00]

  • How many of questions today overlap with those from editors, reporters? What do you wish people would ask you? [12:30]

  • An interesting dichotomy: how people see themselves vs their coworkers, bosses? [16:30]

  • Ordinary to extraordinary, and how it relates to performance paradox? How do you get out of your own way? [21:30]

  • What\’s your daily ritual, how do you set your daily intent? [26:30]

  • Are people with more money happier? Causation vs. correlation [29:00]

  • How can people learn more about you, follow you – where should they start? [33:30]


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