Public speaking is an art form in and of itself.
WHAT IS PUBLIC SPEAKING TO YOU?
First and foremost, we do offer a service for this. But to suffice with unsolicited ads for services we offer is not who we are. Thus, we are going to be discussing what public speaking really is, why it is important, and what benefits it has in life. First and foremost, are you a nervous public speaker? I think we all are. I had to do a guest lecture at my school, Florida International University, and boy was I nervous. I had spoken in public hundreds (possibly thousands) of times before; I have trained executives how to properly work in their industry using public speaking as a weapon for change and for good. But yet, I still yet super, super nervous. In fact, I have to practice over and over again using an iPad with my notes on it! This is okay.
WHY THIS POINT IS IMPORTANT
Well, for starters, the more we speak in public, the more nervous we get! It is called the “reverse phenomenon,” and it means that just because we have done something over and over again does not necessarily mean we will not be nervous every time we do it. That is why public speaking is an art form. You have to know how to use your hands and gestures; body posture counts; tone-of-voice counts. These are all facets of great public speaking, but they never make you feel any better, now do they? Take a moment to think about the last presentation you gave. Was it at work? Was it a Keystone lecture? No matter what the case is, practice makes perfect, or so we think. In fact, practice can make things worse. It is like over-studying. I call it “over-practicing.”
REMEMBER THE SERMON ONE?
I recently wrote a blog entry about a sermon a man was playing in his mind while he sat in Starbucks. This is an example of what I am trying to get across: public speaking is something we are not born with. In fact, many people struggle with public speaking. But why would a crazy homeless man be able to lecture in front of thousands of others without a shrug of nervousness? Simple: he is nervous, too. No one can speak in public without a tinge of nervosa, but we have to do it. Everywhere we go, everywhere we look, public peaking acts as a means of communication. Think about our anthropological boundaries. We come from Native American story-tellers, great minds like Einstein and Ben Franklin who excelled at it, and so on, so on.
Why were they able to speak so great in public?
WELL, THEY WERE NOT NERVOUS
Do you know why those people were not nervous? Simple: they did it so many times that they forgot all of the worries that come from it. In fact, I like to think that we are all storytellers, but only those of us who choose to do it enough times will succeed. As a Public Speaking Coach and a Presentation Consultant, I have seen that no matter how many times you practice public speaking, your nerves will always get in the way. That is why we offer our service. The best way to get good at anything is practice. I will be filling you in on how to effectively learn to perform public speaking in an acceptable and facetious manner. But first, a bit of background. I began my public speaking career at age five. I did four book readings for elementary school book-writing events. In fact, the only year in elementary school that I did not read my book aloud was when I did not submit!
THE EFFECTIVE PUBLIC SPEAKER
But that does not mean I did not practice, or was nervous. In fact, I have a story: when I was twelve or thirteen, I wrote a book as a school assignment. It was a mockery of Shakespearian proportion on “Lord Of The Flies,” which was our book of the year. I must say, I was always nervous when I read school assignments. However, this one was rather different. In fact, I was asked by the teacher to return to the class at a later “period” because kids were so interested in hearing my mockery on the book we just read (carefully titled “Lord Of The Pies”). I almost did not go inside of that room. In fact, I was going to that Thursday class to tell the teacher I was not going to be able to read the book, as I was far too nervous. But then, when I walked into the room…
THE CLASS LITERALLY LIT UP
But the faces of those students when I came to read my “book” upon request from them…I will never, ever forget it. I had no choice but to read the book. I did so, and I never looked back. It was then that I decided I wanted to do something in public speaking. I never truly knew what until now. So, what are we even talking about here? We are accentuating the border between: “blog reader” and “experienced public speaker.” I know how hard it is to speak in public. I do it every day at Florida International University. I have to memorize every line; I have to practice in front of a camera; I have to make sure my body language suffices. When I speak, I am playing a role. I will be writing another blog soon about the secrets of my craft, but first, you need to reach out. I am not going to give away my story for free. It will come in book format! Contact for more info.
TO CONCLUDE THE CONCLUSION
In essence, public speaking is an art form, but it takes time. We are nowhere near done. This blog is the first of many to become a series, in my eyes. I could go on and on about public speaking, but I would honestly like to save that for an eBook, do you not agree? If you are interested in my services, reach out. If you want to be one of the first to read the book, keep coming back and sign up! I will have it available really soon. I actually went into this blog thinking I was going to tell my full tale, when it dawned upon me during that last paragraph: this is a book in the works, and it will require public speaking at book readings. Want more info? The Contact button is in the top right-hand corner of the screen. Click it and contact me for more info.
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