IWTYTS – Why You, Why Me?

This preface blog to the series I will Teach You To Speak is called, “Why You, Why Me?” because we cover why you need to learn the unique craft of public speaking and why I should be the one that helps you dramatically improve your communication skills, 100% guaranteed.

(If you prefer these tips in video, you can find Why You, Why Me here)

Why you?

Why should you get out of your comfort zone when 95% of people would rather die than learn to speak in public? Well, besides cultivating more confidence and more credibility in your social life, you will become exponentially more valuable in the workplace and in your business with this skillset than any other.

Don’t believe me? You don’t have to take my word for it…

What about two billionaires words?

Richard Branson said,


“Communication is the most important skill any leader can posses.”

Warren Buffett believes,


“Effective communication will instantly raise a persons professional value by up to 50%”.

If some of the worlds most successful leaders credit speaking as the foundational skill behind all of their riches, what would it mean for you to master communication?

Would it mean a promotion? More profits in your business? Or maybe it would mean building stronger relationships with your friends and family.

Let’s picture the flip side…

What would it mean to you if you lived the rest of your life as only a mediocre communicator? Even in my short experience in the work force I’ve seen less talented people get promoted over their more talented peers because they were better influencers.

My girlfriend is the perfect example. When I was 17 I was promoted within one year of working as a life guard to the role of head guard. Victoria however, was way more punctual, clearly more responsible and a way better guard and instructor. Yet because she was shy, it took her 4 years to get the same promotion.

Could that be you?

Or maybe, you’ve already experienced the obvious consequences of lacking confidence and conviction in your communication skills. Candidly, I don’t know what the consequences will be for you. But I do know that Mr Branson and Mr Buffett are right. We can’t afford to be mediocre. If we’re going to be the best version of ourselves for our families and our communities, we need to master communication.

Now, for everyone that’s saying “I get it… I want to master communication!” Know that this series will deliver. Yes it’s about public speaking, but it’s about much, much, much more than that. Every lesson you learn here will be transferable to your everyday life. From speeches, to job interviews, to deal closing pitches, we’re always telling stories, informing and persuading. This series will prepare you to crush all of the high stakes situations of your life.

That my friends is why you.

Why me?

This is the real question.

Because it’s clear that you deserve everything that will come to you in abundance by becoming influential and persuasive. My intention is that after this post it is just as clear why I’m the right person to get you there.

Why me is because I dove into the public speaking world head first 18 months ago to become a student of this craft. I’ve been mentored and coached by some of Toronto’s and the worlds most talented and highly paid public speakers. Originally when I looked back, I thought that was the beginning of my journey. But when I peeled back the layers of the onion that is my story, I realized that it started much earlier.

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Grade 8 Public Speaking Award

In grade 7 and 8 I was winning both the class and school level for delivering speeches. When I started my business at 19 I was selling from stage in front of groups of 10, 100, and even thousands of people. I had been on podcasts and on several occasions I have both been on and facilitated panel discussions.

On stage at 19
On Stage At 19

But It wasn’t until 12 months ago that I realized why what I was doing was so effective. And that’s why in I will teach you to speak I’m going to break down everything that I’ve learned. I’m going to teach it in a way that is consumable, showing you why some people captivate their audiences, while others, lull their audience into checking their phones (you better not be scrolling through your phone right now).

Today, I’ve spoken to over 60 audiences. I’m a 2x public speaking champion, the president of CSI Pitchmasters and most important of all, I’m prepared to help you overcome your fears and silence your critics both internal and external.

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Addressing an audience about youth mental health at 22

Ultimately, I’m here to help you find your voice.

Till next time, stay on the offensive. Aggressively pursue a better version of yourself. And remember what Jim Rohn said, “You cannot change the destination of your life overnight but you can change your direction.”

– J