I just read a great article on public speaking by Neil Ashcroft on facebook: www.facebook.com
- I particularly liked the point about linking in with other speakers- very good tip. It's
something I've done naturally in the past, got chatting to other presenters and commented on their speeches during mine highlighting the connection, I'd seen the value in this, but never thought
about intentionally doing it doh! I will in future!
I'm relatively new to public speaking, having set up my own business in the field of business coaching and HR Consultancy I have found that public speaking is the key to building business as well as delivering effective trainings!
What I'm learning most about public speaking is that for me it's not about becoming an actor- my memory isn't good enough to learn a script for a start! Secondly if I was trying to deliver something exactly as I'd planned I know I would appear wooden at best, incompetent at worst!
What I've found that works for me is to have a framework or skeleton of what I want to say on my PowerPoint slides... they act as visual stimulus for the audience and they're my prompts too. The material that I cover when speaking or delivering training is knowledge that I have personally, put simply- I know my stuff, so all I need is reminders on how I've decided to communicate it - in what order etc. This is the filling in of the flesh and bones and there are elements of what I deliver that are flexible and are determined by the audience.
My aim is to always give the client exactly what they want and in my public speaking I allow the space to
find that out- I always have questions on my PowerPoint’s and my aim is to have the audience provide the answers for me- I fill in the blanks and provide the background knowledge.
In business seminars this is extremely effective - the participants see for themselves that these things have worked and are working in other businesses- I don't have to do any hard work convincing them what I'm talking about works! I've received lots of feedback from clients that say listening to other business owners is a really effective and enjoyable part of the seminars I deliver.
I provide the framework for the sharing of knowledge and everyone leaves with more than they came- sometimes that is an acknowledgement of how to put into practice what they already knew! Other times it's being given that missing link to make their businesses run even more effectively than before!
Some people might think that my method is risky; you'd never know what the audience will bring up. It's my job to facilitate that journey, I know the way things fit together, if we get off course I'll just steer us back on track.
I still feel nervous before speaking publicly, despite knowing that it'll be alright on the night, and I'm
ok with that. A little bit of nerves keeps me on my toes.
People relate to public speakers when they are warm, open and friendly as well as informative, this happens when the speaker responds and adapts well to the audience - it engages them and evolves into a conversation between speaker and the whole audience.
I treat public speaking as if I was talking to one client, if I can talk to one person explaining clearly the information that I am conveying then I can do it to a room of 500 people, which I have also done.
I find the best way to be convincing is to talk about what I know to be true- If I'm convinced then the audience will be too. The more public speaking I do the better I get!
I'm excited to be on my never ending learning journey of continuous improvement, if you are too why not contact me and find out how I can add value to your never ending journey of continuous improvement and profit building?