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Jason Allan Scott
Jason Allan Scott encompasses the art of public speaking – Jason is a 2 times best Selling Author, Startup impresario and a part of Tim Ferris’s NR set. Voted number 1 Mover and Shaker by Eventbrite, Number 1 on Double Dutch 250 people in Events and top 10% of social media in events in the world.
Jason has worked hard to create opportunities for others to better themselves through his talks, technology and franchise opportunities. He is now working on his biggest challenge to date, defining athleticism and finding the greatest athlete with Calisthetics and The Calisthetics Games.
“Most Mogul got the opportunity to get up close & personal with Jason Allan Scott in an Interview to discover the man behind the charm, sophistication & always on point dress sense”
Art of Public Speaking with Jason Allan Scott
Q 》Who has been the biggest influence in your life and how did they influence you?
My father, Allan, and my grandma, Joan, because they are the ones who made me who I am today!
They were absolutely amazing and are the most loving and caring people that I’ve experienced in my life. They have been my biggest support for everything and have been there for me no matter what. They sacrificed everything for me to help me be the best I can be.
My father taught me that it wasn’t about where you came from, your geography, gender, social standing, wealth or race that really matters.
You see, I grew up with my Father, Grandfather, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Uncle and Aunt in a 2 bedroom house in a council estate in Cape Town, South Africa. My father, hustled two jobs and started companies as often as he could to get us out of the house, to get me into a better school and provide me with more opportunities.
My grandma was the biggest fighter I have ever met, through life, loss and cancer. She had been through so much, but she kept fighting everyday of her life which taught me to always be a fighter for what I believed in!!
These two people influenced my life in so many positive ways and I am so blessed to have had them in my life! They taught me it is not about where you came from but where you wanted to go, not what you were born with but what you can learn and apply.
Q 》When facing obstacles and tough times how do you continue to push through?
I have learned that great people are just ordinary people with an extraordinary amount of determination.
“When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must but don’t you quit.”
“Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver lining of the seeds of doubt,
And you can never tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So, stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things go wrong that you must not quit.”
Q 》What are your Success habits & daily routines that help you achieve your goals?
Q 》If you could have dinner with 3 people alive or dead who would it be and why?
Q 》You show others how the art of public speaking is done, but when was your greatest public speaking moment?
In the last three years, I have became an in-demand speaker, one of the most sought after talks I give is what this story is based on, “Social media MBA through EMINEM” for the MBA students, deans, lecturers and members of The Association of MBA’s and as always I wanted it to be perfect.
However, having promised to never do the same speech in the same way twice, I was quite nervous.
My wife helped me rehearse multiple times beginning a couple of weeks before, until I felt insanely prepared. But I still decided to take notes on index cards to have with me as a reminder tool, just in case I forgot anything, although I had never done this before.
The day arrived. My wife kindly took the day off from her job to accompany me, knowing I was still very anxious following a completely sleepless night.
I remember my heart pounding so hard that she said she could actually see my shirt and waistcoat moving!
When I was introduced, I grabbed my cards, began walking up to the stage . . . and clumsily tripped and my cards went flying everywhere, even my hat fell off.
There was some nervous laughter in the audience as I gathered my cards and to my horror, I realized I had failed to number them! *Rookie error, and the reason I have never used cards again!*
I took my place at the podium, steeled my nerves and began with, “The film 8 mile and what we can learn from it that teaches us all we need to know to run a successful social media strategy’:
Eminem is like the great bard, and his first lesson would be to me – Don’t forget to number your damn note-cards!” Everyone relaxed and we all laughed together.
I then threw the cards on the floor and began my presentation with “Who am I? : I am 10% luck, 20% skill, 15% pure concentrated power of will, 5% pleasure, 40% not needing note-cards, 10% pain and now you have 100% reason to remember my name!” the audience applaud.
Thankfully, I had rehearsed enough and thoroughly knew what I was talking about to give a really wonderful presentation.
I used dropping the note-cards by explaining that “ even experts and seasoned speakers get nervous doing something new, so be prepared to feel the same with social media.” And.. the final lesson was to inject humor into everything you do and your audience will remember you!
I received a standing ovation and several students told me they thought I had planned the note-card drop, like a Mic drop, was a brilliant and memorable way to begin.
I have employed different card tricks since, but now always on purpose! When I have coached clients who are nervous about public speaking, I share this story and one of them actually did this to put his audience…and herself… at ease!
Here’s Jason summing up the art of public speaking in a YouTube video
AMBA Social London – Jason Allan Scott
Q 》What’s your definition of Success?
Q 》What books would you most wish to recommend and why?
Mindset: The New Psychology Of Success
by Carol S. Dweck
Man’s Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl
Mindset and Grit, these are what propels and prepares you for whatever life throws at you, and life with throw everything it can at you. Grit by Angela Duckworth is the book to plant the first root.
by Angela Duckworth
For all of us who feel trapped in a labyrinth of tradition, this book is compass, map and a damn sledgehammer.
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
by Seth Godin
Tim Grover is the master of mental toughness. This book is the blueprint for discovering what you are capable of achieving, and getting results you never imagined, reaching the highest level of success.
Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable
by Tim S. Grover
How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World
by Peter H. Diamandis
This book will change your life, it changed mine.
The 4-Hour Workweek
Book by Timothy Ferriss
How to Get Rich: One of the World’s Greatest Entrepreneurs Shares His Secrets
Book by Felix Dennis
Born in 1867, her parents and older siblings had been slaves on a Louisiana plantation. She was the first of her family to be born into freedom (that’s some lucky timing!).
Madam CJ Walker started her own line of beauty and hair products specifically designed for black women. She saw a market that wasn’t being met, and created a solution to a problem no one else seemed interested in solving.
As you can imagine, during her time she had to fight tooth and nail for every step up the ladder. A smart, strategic, and enterprising woman, she perfectly embodies the entrepreneurial spirit (with stylish hair to match). however my favorite will always be P.T. Barnum.
My family have always loved a good grafter, confidence man and Phineas Taylor Barnum took the art to new heights.
He played on our fascination with the bizarre and freakish with sideshow acts ranging from the midget Tom Thumb to Jumbo the giant elephant. In between was a host of more dubious curiosities.
He created the Barnum and Bailey Circus as a showcase for all this wonderment, and dubbed it “the Greatest Show on Earth.” Along the way he invented modern advertising and became rich.
For the record, he never said “There’s a sucker born every five minutes,” but he left behind plenty of other bon mots. Among them: “Every crowd has a silver lining.”
Connect with Jason, follow his journey to learn the Art of Public Speaking –To contact Jason email Jason@jsjvs.com for Keynote Speaking inquiries.
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