CNLP 277: SAM COLLIER ON HOW TO FIND YOUR VOICE, BUILD A PLATFORM, STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF AND HANDLE FEEDBACK AND CRITICISM

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Five years ago, Sam Collier had almost no platform. Today, he’s a well-known podcaster, speaker, host and influencer who speaks on some of today’s largest stages.

Sam talks about how he got started, how as an African-American he processed feedback and coaching from many white and minority leaders to learn to speak to a whole new audience, growing his platform to what it is today.

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Style - People - Styles - Cultures

1. How can you keep your style, while learning from other people, styles, and cultures?

When communicating, there is a difference between grammar and style. Everyone has a natural voice or style that they receive from where they grew up. Sam grew up in a culturally black area and came up in a predominantly black church. When he transitioned into North Point, a predominantly white church, he had to learn what needed to change about his communication style, and what needed to stay for him to still be authentically him.

Leaders - Nuances - Phrases - Difference - Differences

Many leaders struggle with this. There are little nuances in phrases that can make a huge difference. With those little differences, Sam had to differentiate between grammar and syntax. He wanted to figure out how to say things like a black man, but say it in a way that everyone could understand.

When speaking from a platform, there is a temptation to sacrifice who you are for who the world wants you to be. Don’t...
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