Episode 089 — Practice in the Mirror and Meet Andrew “Mecha” Davis

'Speaking doesn't just happen in speaking. It's what happens before and it's what happens afterwards.' -- @popanimecomics #publicspeaking #anime #con #convention Click To Tweet


2-Minute Tip: Practice in a Mirror


The key to success on stage is to practice as much as you can. Prep by using a mirror to give yourself an audience to impress. And often the person in the mirror is the toughest to impress.


Practice with your notes at first, and get good enough so you don’t need them. Once you don’t need your notes, that means you’re protected against something going wrong. When it’s time to

actually present, though, have your notes available to give yourself that extra little bit of confidence



Post Tip discussion: Meet Andrew “Mecha” Davis

'Anything that pops into my head can be answered. Any emotion I want to emulate Can be achieved now because of that, and how the world is smaller and larger at the same time.' -- @popanimecomics #publicspeaking #anime #con #convention Click To Tweet

PopAnimeComisc Lounge LogoAndrew “Mecha” Davis is a regular at anime cons around the country. He initially fell in love with the genre well before he was 10 years old and it stuck with him into adulthood. He’s turned his passion for these multi-faceted Japanese cartoons into a series of presentations at fan conventions, a YouTube Channel, a podcast, a website, and the PopAnimeComics brand. Along the way he added interests in wrestling, comic book investing, Cos-players, and Funko Pops.


This week, Andrew and I talk about the genre of Anime and what it takes to construct a good presentation for a fan convention.


I think my favorite take away from the discussion is that if you want to speak at a con, the process is as “simple” as choosing a topic that appeals to you,. Build it out, and submit it according to the con’s guidelines. The cons have a lot of presentation and panel slots to fill and are always looking for great content to fill time.

'What theses panels need and theses conventions need to do is they need to fill up space. Because they're charging for a ticket and they have 200 hours of openness' -- @popanimecomics #publicspeaking #anime #con #convention Click To Tweet

Not sure what you want to talk about? Make a list of things you love and geek out over. Then look at that list and figure out what 2 or 3 of them have in common. Now you have an idea that could make a good pane topic. Flesh out those common threads and pursue that opportunity to be on stage.


And when you get accepted (of course) do the work, do the prep, and do the practice to wow the audience.


And if the topic doesn’t get accepted for whatever reason, try submitting it to another con. Or two. Or 3. Or more. Or turn all your work into a blog post, medium article, or YouTube video.


Do what it takes to share your passion with the world.

'In order to create value, you have to create value for somebody else.' -- @popanimecomics #publicspeaking #anime #con #convention Click To Tweet



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'The real value in this field isn't being paid by a convention. It's using your brand and using that stage to move something else out.' -- @popanimecomics #publicspeaking #anime #con #convention Click To Tweet

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