Three Tips to Enhance Your Gift as a speaker
Does this sound like you? “I’m a fine communicator one-on-one, but put me in front of a groupand I just die!”
Why is it easier for many of us to present in front of a few people than to a larger audience? Why do many of us believe that some people just “have what it takes” to present effectively, and the rest of us don’t?
The truth is that everyone has the innate gifts to speak in public. True, few may possess the flamboyance of a professional motivational speaker. But I question the value of this presentation style, which often looks inauthentic. And although it does matter how you use your hands (avoiding the infamous “figleaf” pose, for example) and how you pitch your voice, the real gift you have to offer is YOU.
Three Tips to Enhance Your Gift
It’s important to remember that speaking publicly is a relationship event, NOT a performance event. Your audience remembers what you say because you connect with them, not because you are the smartest or most charismatic person in the world.
- Don’t speak “to,” speak “with.”
Think of the event as a dialogue or conversation. Look directly at people and share your knowledge with them.
- Express yourself.
Remember that your unique style is better than any set of “stage skills.” Be yourself.