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E63: Charlie Plumb, 6-Year POW in Vietnam

October 11, 2021

Captain Charlie Plumb was , 6-year prisoner-of-war. Michael Angelo Caruso interviews him on the "Talk to Me" podcast.

He was a POW for 6 at the "Hanoi Hilton" during the Vietnam War and makes a living as a keynote speaker.

Captain Charlie Plumb has a "signature story" that most speakers can only dream about.  Read the complete story in his terrific book titled, "I'm No Hero."

A signature story makes you more authentic. When you're more authentic, you're more believable and when your audience members believe you, they're more likely to take action.

Interview topics include:

- How to use silence when presenting
- The "theatre" of speaking
- Why you need to tell your story 2,000 times
- Practice makes closer to perfect
- Adding color, flavor and tone to your story
- The art of self-editing
- The best question to solicit helpful feedback

Learn more about Charlie's magnificent adventure and listen as he and Michael talk about how to craft your own signature story. Please comment below to thank Captain Plumb for his service. Be notified of Michael’s new videos!

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