27: Mastering Performance Skills: From Journalist to Transformational Speaker with Australian Broadcast Journalist Sophie Scott

January 9, 2024

27: Mastering Performance Skills: From Journalist to Transformational Speaker with Australian Broadcast Journalist Sophie Scott

Jacqueline lets us in on an illuminating conversation with Sophie Scott, an accomplished Australian journalist who boldly transitioned into professional speaking and carved out remarkable success for herself.

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In this profound episode of The Speaker Driven Business, Jacqueline Nagle lets us in on an illuminating conversation with Sophie Scott, an accomplished Australian journalist who boldly transitioned into professional speaking and carved out remarkable success for herself.

Sophie offers insights from delivering her first TEDx talk on recovering from burnout. She reveals a crucial realisation — that she needs to evolve from being a straightforward, instructive journalist to becoming an engaging, relatable speaker. 

Jacqueline and Sophie dive deeper into key learnings, including narrowing content to impactfully deliver what the audience can absorb, the discomfort of new challenges, letting messages land through strategic pausing, and grounding yourself physically when you’re up on stage. Sophie also stresses embodying emotions so audiences feel moved rather than just informed.

This enlightening and amusing episode lets us further unearth other gems — the significance of vocal variety, the concept of being in the Second Circle when presenting, and the value of discerning feedback.

Peppered with vulnerable reflections and sprinkled with laughter, this episode will leave you feeling connected, motivated, and re-energized about the exhilarating craft of impactful speaking.

WHAT YOU’LL DISCOVER IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Who is Sophie Scott? (03:09)
  • Why it should not be all about the views and going viral (06:29)
  • Sophie’s original motivation for pursuing a TED talk (07:50)
  • Sophie’s TEDx talk on burnout and burnout recovery (10:17)
  • What Sophie needed to adjust to in the transition from journalist to speaker (12:53)
  • What Sophie liked best about doing her first TEDx talk and what her biggest takeaways are (16:13)
  • Why you should not adopt the cookie cutter approach to speaking: The Second Circle concept (20:05)
  • The impact of Sophie’s TED Talk on her career (22:57)
  • Sophie’s insights on her TED Talk experience: The importance of pausing and emotion mapping (23:57)
  • Creating the Mic Drop technique (26:29)
  • The value of vocal variety in speaking (29:16)
  • The challenges of online presenting (36:13)
  • The importance of discerning feedback (37:59)
  • How to prepare for a TEDx Talk (40:52)
  • Three quick questions for Sophie (41:32)

QUOTES

“You can get burnt out even in a job that you really enjoy. You don’t have to be in a job that you hate to get burnt out.” – Sophie Scott

“And this is probably my biggest takeaway from being on the stage — was that you need to practise being on a stage.” – Sophie Scott

“That’s what emotional mapping brings. People don’t change anything unless you actually tap into their emotions.” – Jacqueline Nagle

“Not all feedback that comes your way is meant for you. Most feedback is an opinion and not actually feedback.” – Jacqueline Nagle

ABOUT SOPHIE SCOTT

Sophie Scott OAM is an award-winning broadcast journalist, international Keynote speaker, specialising in maximising human potential, mental health and mindset.

She is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Notre Dame University Medical School lecturing in science communication.

Sophie empowers individuals, leaders and teams with the tools to prevent burnout, manage their mental health and communicate with impact.

Sophie has written two books: Live a Longer Life (ABC Books) and RoadTesting Happiness (Harper Collins) and has won numerous awards for her journalism including the prestigious Eureka Award for science and medical journalism.

She is an Advisory Board Member of the Australian National Mental Health Prize and the
University of Melbourne’s Contemplative Studies Centre.

She is an ambassador for Bowel Cancer Australia, Pain Australia, the Australian POTS Foundation and is a patient reviewer for the British Medical Journal.

In 2023, Sophie was recognised in the King’s Birthday Honours List and awarded OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) for service to the broadcast media, and to community health.

WHERE TO FIND SOPHIE SCOTT

TEDx Talk(s): https://youtu.be/UcKXkukBJ_k?si=-jKyMGVb-0RgvSXh

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sophie-scott-oam-34863a/

Instagram: https://www.Instagram.com/sophiescott2

YouTube: https://youtube.com/@sophiescotttv

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sophiescottabc

Website: https://www.sophiescott.com.au

RESOURCES

Speak Like TED Program

Tony Robbins

Jerry Springer

Martin Luther King

Lucy Bloom

Brene Brown

Simon Sinek

WHERE TO FIND JACQUELINE NAGLE

To connect and learn more about creating a Speaker Driven Business connect with Jacqueline on LinkedIn. You can also follow Jacqueline on Instagram.