Tips for Public Speaking
Whether you’re speaking in front of a group of people at a dinner or in the chair with your Client, public speaking is a huge part of life. On this week’s Shot of Juice, Lance Courtney gives tips and tricks on how to tackle the fear of Public Speaking:
Public speaking. It’s been said there are three types of speakers: those who admit to being nervous, those who claim not to be nervous, and then the third type, liars. I’ve been asked a lot about public speaking and presenting and training and how do you do it. Listen, if you’re nervous, it’s okay. It just means that you care. However, it is a craft so you do want to practice it. However, the myth that I want to dispel is it’s not about learning your dialogue. I’m talking to you right now with no notes no dialogue no teleprompter and I can honestly and passionately tell you what you first want to do is understand what your message is going to be and rather than practice the words. Focus on what the intention and what it is you want the audience to walk away with.
What do you want them knowing, seeing, feeling, and experiencing? That’s the first thing you want to do. It’s a feeling it’s a vibe it’s an intention your message that you want to deliver to people. It first comes from within you then you can wordsmith it and once you wordsmith it you want to contextualize it what does that mean. The context is the container. The content is all the stuff inside of it.
You contextualize it, add stories, visuals, punctuation, sights, sounds, dress it up, and music. We do spend an inordinate amount of time crafting the skill and practicing and practicing and practicing and if there’s one thing I can leave you with it’s what I do before I get on any big stage or I present to an audience or to a group or I aim to lead a presentation that actually really passionately matters to me.
I don’t practice the words I actually get out of my head by getting into my body out pull out my iPhone and I will say everything that I need to say as perfectly as I possibly can. I’ll record it and then I’ll simply listen to it a couple of times without saying anything. I’m not trying to memorize it as I’m listening to the dialogue I’m just getting into my body and my throwing my hand up. How am I actually being in a way that feels authentic to me?
Words to the wise and a warning the written word is for the eye and the spoken word is for the rhythm. So you can sit behind your computer for hours at a time putting your pretty little words together however it’s really when you stand up and deliver those words. That’s when it has punctuation because that’s when it becomes real practice. In addition to practicing on word crafting and wordsmithing and contextualizing your message deliver it with authenticity by getting out of your head getting into your body.