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PUBLIC SPEAKING 101: 6. MASTERY

INTRODUCTION TO MASTERY

In a recent study regarding found that there are three major parts to messages we communicate. The study was interested in measuring how effective each element was in the overall impact of the speaker's message. The results were astounding:  

  • 54% Body Language
  • 38% Vocal Tonality
  • 7% Words (with a 1% margin of error)

‚ÄčHow often do we focus on words when it comes to public speaking? Or worse, how often have we tried to write out a speech, memorize it and then perform it? If your answer is more than once then that is once too many. The fact is that this is a rampant and TERRIBLE TECHNIQUE when it comes to public speaking. Quite simply, all it takes is one word to derail the whole train. Instead, the best of us perform the Extemporaneous Style of speaking (slightly guided). At best, writing out and memorizing a speech will leave the impression of a disconnected drab robot. Whereas extemporaneous speaking gives you an outline and allows you to fill in the words based on your experience. This method allows you to focus where it counts- on Body Language or Tonality... the words will follow.

PRO TIP #1

When selecting a topic for public speaking, pick something you are passionate about. Can't find your passion? Ask yourself-What do I do for fun? What do I care about in the world? When speaking with friends, what do I get excited about?

Unless you work in a tire shop, your boss is never going to ask you to give a speech to your colleagues about changing a tire, so why select a topic you know nothing about. In the real world you speak because you have earned the right to do so. Your topic selection should reflect nothing less.

THE 7 SECRETS OF THE GREATEST SPEAKERS IN HISTORY

PRO TIP #2

Public Speaking has rules and here they are. If you can remember these, you'll be on the right path!
 
Rule #1 Make it About Your Audience - If you are worried about what people think... youre thinking about yourself.  make it about your audience.  Come from a place of being honored to speak today.
 
Rule #2 Eye Contact - The eyes are the windows to the soul.  Connecting will empower you while avoiding eyes will crush you
 
Rule #3 Keep it Conversational - There is no need to have a "speaker's voice". People don't relate to it.  Keep it conversational and you'll connect.

 

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