Aside from death, public speaking is a strong number two in relationship to what most people fear most. That says a lot given what number one is on that list, but getting up in front of a group of people is a unique skill that varies as far as ease and comfort when you look across the spectrum of people who attempt to do it.
Simply put, you’re either really strong at speaking publicly or you flat out just don’t like doing it.
For those who fall into the latter category, your lack of public speaking skills most likely is holding you back as it relates to career advancement or being viewed as the person your boss or management goes to when they need a presentation put together or someone in the office to really drive home a particular point or close any number of deals.
Your goal as someone who isn’t very comfortable or competent as a public speaker shouldn’t be to overnight become some sort of success story of epic proportions. What you should be thinking about is filling that gap that is the happy medium so that you’re at least somewhere in the middle to above average pack so that you’re not consistently being left out when it comes to something important on the docket or agenda at your workplace.
So how exactly do you go from a zero to at least a 7 or 8 without much work? Well, the work part has to be there, but it is possible. What you want to do is focus on the people who are 10 out of 10s and think about how they frame the speech, how they understand the audience and put forth the type of eye contact or non-verbal communication that works well on all levels.
You’ll want to stay away from jokes and humor, but rather focus on who is listening to what you have to say and build the public speaking session out from there. As you frame your speak, keep the transition simple. Don’t be afraid to write out a simple 1, 2, 3 outline so that you’re able to easily move from one topic to the next without worrying about how you’ll get through the speech without it feeling as though it is out of sync.
In other words, don’t be afraid to dumb down your approach.
Sometimes simple often is just as superb as being overly wordy or trying too hard to impress.
Your skills might never be magical or monumental, but getting them beyond mediocre also works well for what you’re intending to accomplish.
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