This Week’s Best In Beta
Which startup is going to be the next big thing? Investors, bloggers, job seekers, and inspiring entrepreneurs everywhere are dying to know. Hundreds of startups enter private beta each month, and that’s far too many for any one person to keep up with. Fret not! Each week, I share some of the hottest new startups in this column, Best In Beta. Let’s discover the next big thing together!
With no intention of damaging the general perception that I am a sane and reasonable person (as polled by two cats, three children, and a group of friends that includes poets, musicians and winos), I’ll admit that I like public speaking.
Do I get nervous when I have to speak in front of people? Yes. Do I relish the opportunity to have an audience of people paying attention to my words? You bet.
Most founders are, shall we say, fond of talking. Mercy be upon those who aren’t crazy about talking, because founders need to do a lot of it, a lot of convincing. Speaking clearly and with authority goes a long way toward making others confident in a company.
What’s more, with the explosion of videos and podcasts, it’s clear that there are plenty of others who want to do some talking before a big crowd – whether face to face or from behind the microphone’s curtain. For these reasons, I see Golden Speak proving tremendously helpful for anyone who needs to win hearts and minds by talking pretty.
Golden Speak is a tool that analyzes your speech and helps you to speak better. It accounts for your pitch, rhythms, vocabulary, articulation and use of filler words. Basically, it identifies your flaws so that you can correct them.
Having been to introductory classes on recording voiceovers and public speaking, I know firsthand that voice lessons can cost a fortune. Not that Golden Speak is promising you’ll never need a coach if you want to improve how you talk, but at least it would give you a running start and prevent you from throwing away money on merely covering the basics.
Golden Speak also circumvents that other huge obstacle that keeps people from speaking more – fear of public speaking. With Golden Speak, you have a way to receive critical feedback without subjecting yourself to the psychological pain of working out the kinks in front of others.
So, all you glossophobic aspiring entrepreneurs, spoken word artists, podcasters and budding social media darlings, a few deep breaths before you visit goldenspeak.com and sign up to give your pipes a tryout.