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The Spoken Word
What if adding public speaking to your skillset could double your income? Would you invest the time to become a specialist, where people actually ask you to come and speak to their people? They claim that he or she that speaks…leads. If this is the case, why do so many have a fear of speaking? It’s the old “rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy” reference. Not everyone is a born public speaker, and not everyone is born a leader; it can however be a learned behavior. Just as Malcolm Gladwell explains in his book Outliers, hard work is critical to success, but 10,000 hours of working on skills, or practice, seems to be the key.
I often find myself hypercritical of presenters now; studying their demeanor, style, presentation and overall preparedness. Some presenters are very comfortable and natural on stage while others really have to practice and rehearse. It all boils down to your style and how you effectively transfer what you know to the audience, in a way that is easily understandable and engaging at the same time. As I was once told by our South Central Divisional President Bob McKinnon, get it out of your ... more
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