The Greek philosopher Heraclitus is the one who is credited with saying "The only thing that is constant is change." In the world of giving speeches this is especially true.
One does not just suddenly become a great speaker. Rather, what happens is that we start to give speeches and gradually over time we get better at doing it. However, we'll never get any better at speaking in public if we don't know how to change.
What You'll Find Inside:
- It's amazing what a speaker can learn by watching YouTube
- You have much to learn grasshopper: what the great communicators can teach us
- Presentation pruning: how much to chop?
- A presenter's greatest threat: self-sabotage!
Change is all about being aware of what a great speech really looks like. There are a number of different ways that we can learn what good speaking really is. The simplest way to do this by taking the time to listen to great speakers. The best way to do this is by getting invited to one of their speeches, sitting in the audience, and watching how they connect with their audience.
That's not always possible to do for a wide variety of reasons: they are too far away, your schedule is too busy, tickets cost too much, etc. That's when YouTube comes in to play. All of the really good speakers have had one or more of their speeches recorded and they are available for you to watch for free on YouTube.
Part of the change process is making your speech more effective. As you deliver a speech you'll discover what parts work and what parts don't work. When you are preparing to deliver the speech again, you'll have to prune it in order to make sure that you just deliver the good stuff.