It never ceases to amaze me that people think I’d be a good public speaker because I’m a TV news anchor. If they thought about it, they’d realize I spend 99.99% of my time in a mostly empty studio, looking at a camera, and there’s maybe 3-4 other people around.
DJ’s are subject to this same misconception, and so are voice-actors. If you’re good at speaking, you must be good at public speaking. Right?
Ha! I might be good at speaking, but I’m not at all used to seeing my audience stare back at me…only a camera lens or a microphone.
I’m not a joiner, so Toast Masters never appealed to me. They just seem too gung-ho to me.
Over time, I’ve learned to be good at public speaking, and since my audience usually knows and likes me, I have an advantage. Confidence is key, but that’s a chicken-or-the-egg thing. What I’ve come ’round to is that any audience is really expecting a show….and YOU are the entertainment. So you have to come out of yourself and be a showman.
That’s the goal. GETTING there takes attention to the details, preparation…maybe a slide show.
Or does it?
Take the time to read this delightful article by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jason Freedman that I found on LifeHacker.
Without giving it away, two of his main points that I love:
— Don’t Memorize
— Embrace your Ums
OK, now go out and get ’em Tiger!