Public Speaking is one of the most important skills for all people. If you can speak who you are and what you do with great passion, you have the power to influence others and move them to action.
Beyond Training in Public Speaking
In a public speaking session, I listened to an immigration consultant (I will call her Sophia) do a presentation on herself and her business. Her voice was low, making her seem almost timid and unable to project beyond the front row of an audience. The instructor gave her some good tips on projecting her voice from her diaphragm, which improved her presentation. However, it was obivious that she was not being her best self.
Hearing me speak, and knowing that I was launching my business in people skills training, Sophia came to me and asked for help with public speaking. She explained that her problem was largely due to lack of confidence in English, as it is her second language.
Following are a few things I recommend to Sophia and others who choose to go beyond discomforts to passionately reveal themselves:
- ask yourself “what do I fear” – go deeper within yourself to confront the source of your discomfort
- speak your most personal and powerful truth about what you believe are the shortcomings in yourself and the work that you do – then let it go
- practice speaking and speaking, saying “so what” to labels such as “bad” or “failure”
- learn to trust yourself, and believe in yourself, without concern for the opinions of others
- participate in a group that will enable you to get support in developing your public speaking skills, and other skill areas affected by lack of confidence
Needs Assessments: Questions to Ask
I conduct needs assessments, which help to uncover essential things about who we are being, that can add a powerful punch to how we are presenting ourselves. The purpose is to reveal what is deep inside and confidently project it to the world. These questions, which I have presented below, normally need to be administered and assessed. If you complete them and would like some help with assessment, share any question you may have.
- What is wrong with your public speaking, and who says so?
- When have you received or given yourself this feedback and why?
- Why are you not able to reveal your passion in your public speaking?
- What are your unique personality traits and how are these gifts integrated into your presentation? For example if you are humourous, or really friendly, how are these traits integrated into your presentation?
- What are the innate talents (things which you have always been good at, such as writing and creating things, for example), and how do we see these talents in what you are speaking and who you are being?
- What are the most important goals for your business, and how is this integrated in your introduction?
- Who is your target audience?
- How is your target audience integrated into your presentations?
- What is the primary message you want your audience to
- What do you want your audience to know about you as a person, and how is this integrated into your messages?
The act of questioning will not only reveal answers, but more importantly bring you closer to the right questions that need to be asked. In the process, always remember your ultimate goal is bringing out your passion in your speaking. Stay with it and you will achieve it.