A is for Attitude
Most people I meet that want to learn how to speak in public usually have a goal to reach – normally a groom with a wedding speech to deliver, a father-of-the-bride with a toast to propose, a professional who needs to do a sales presentation – there are so many instances of people who have a goal. They come with an attitude of learning and curiosity.
A is for Audience
Now, many people are afraid of speaking in front of an audience. And an audience is the main reason why someone seeks help. Be it 5 or 500 people, to stand up in front of an audience takes guts, raw courage, and lots of anti-perspirant. I often still feel a bead of sweat running down my back when I speak. This will never go away – it is a sign that I do not take experience for granted and that each speaking engagement is an opportunity to hone my skill. I find it easier to speak in front of 500 strangers than 50 people I know. Every time I speak of people at work it is more nerve racking than speaking in front of 500 people. So those people who have a wedding speech to deliver…I know this is probably the least easy audience to speak in front of.
A is for Applause
Expect applause! Whether you think you did a good job or not the applause will come. Instead of interpreting the loudness (or not) of it, rather see it as an acknowledgement that YOU’VE DONE IT! Bask in it. Let is wash over you. Get used to it. It is WONDERFUL!
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Tomorrow’s Lesson from Behind the Lectern is – B is for Body Language and Being Yourself. See you then!
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