When most speakers take the stage, they do exactly what’s expected of them. A great speech, followed by an eruption of cheer from the audience and hopefully, a standing ovation. However, not every speaker plays by the ‘rules’ of speaking and Scott Stratten is someone who, I think it is fair to say, believes that speaking shouldn’t be bound by so many rules. His signature rebel style on stage entices audiences and brings them to the edge of their seats as he encourages them to embrace ‘the age of disruption.’
Scott is a Hall of Fame speaker and although many people may know him as the ‘guy with the man bun’, he has built an enviable career out of pulling no punches and taking no shortcuts. He’s one of the most successful disruption speakers in the world and is often referred to as the ‘ultimate sales and marketing truth slayer.’
Scott’s stories get people laughing, thinking and perhaps more importantly, doing. When he is asked to do a keynote, he holds nothing back and never fails to deliver. Perhaps one of his best stories and certainly one that sends me into a fit of laughter is his famous story about Millennials. Well, I say story, but it’s really more of an impressive rant that forces his audience to question the Millennial bias and whether or not they deserve all of the negativity they tend to get from older generations.
Find out about:
- Hear Scott’s story that reveals the truth about Millennials
- How Scott came up with ‘The Millennial Rant’
- Tips for timing your story right so you don’t run over or cut it too short
- Why scripts and rehearsals aren’t always necessary
- The importance of giving the client what they want
- Why Scott selects certain creative choices when presenting on stage
- Why Scott is never afraid to challenge the audience
Quotes from the episode:
My golden rule is don’t run over in time!
There’s only one person that really matters and that’s the person that booked me.
The stage is my workshop.
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2 Key Questions
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given about the speaking business?
“You’re going to bomb eventually. Well, it wasn’t advice, it was from Alan Weiss’ book, ‘Money Talks,’ and at the time, I was so cocky, and Alan said in his book that you’re going to bomb, it happens to everybody. Whether it’s because of the audience and they’re hungover or external circumstances, there’s nothing you can do. Go home and chalk it up to a day that didn’t work. If you didn’t do the work or you’re the one that’s hungover, give the check back.”
Who is your dream guest for Standing Ovation?
“I have to give a shout out to my two guys, Mitch Joel and Ron Tite, we have the three angry Canadian speakers chat that goes every single day back and forth and they’re both brilliant at what they do.”