Becoming a Public Speaker

Find a subject for which you have a passion. Think of how it apples to your life. Plan how would you tell a story about how it has impacted your life. An example might be a struggle you faced and how you overcame it. That is just one of a million subjects.

Offer to speak to area clubs or associations, such as Toastmasters, for FREE. Why for free? There will be people in the audience, who work for businesses that PAY speakers. You must have a website and demo. Several years ago, demos were not a requirement. They now are.

When you do speak to a group – MOVE! Use a cordless lavaliere microphone and walk around the room. Lightly touch people on the shoulder. If you walk around the room, people’s heads will turn, which means in a small way, they are INVOLVED! A lectern puts a layer between you and the audience. I never use a lectern.

Voice and clarity are important. One way to achieve clarity is to emphasize the last sound of each word. It may sound odd at first but not to the audience. It will sound very polished.

Use a full voice. Many celebrities, such as James Earl Jones and John Wayne, overcame their stuttering by using a full voice. Even if you don’t stutter, realize their voices made them famous….and wealthy.

PAUSE! No more than six (6) words at a time without a pause. Even less…..than six….will work….nicely. REMEMBER: The key to effective speaking is hesitation…..pause!

To be visually pleasing don’t use notes. You might write on index cards some keys words pertaining to each aspect if your presentation. TALK about each word. The main thing professional speakers are doing now is telling stories. If you can tell a story about each word/topic on your cards, your speech will have a better flow.

Too, after you have written all the words on index cards, try to think of an acronym/word and use that to keep your presentation in order. For example, you may have written on an index card, risk, objectivity, pessimistic, neutral, encouragement and self. Think of the first letter in each word and arrange them to PERSON….or any other word of your choosing.

Use PERSON to keep you on track:

P – pessimistic

E – encouragement

R – risk

S – self

O – objectivity

N – neutral

Practice what you will say about each word. NOTE: you are using this to keep you on track, but the audience has no clue. They will just think you are THAT good! You can keep your index card(s) on you or nearby in the event you get lost. You will leave them wanting more! There is MUCH more involved, but that should give you a start.

If you would like to learn how I overcame the fear of public speaking, read the ebook, Rise Above: Conquering Adversities on Amazon Kindle. It’s also available online in paperback format.

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What happens if you speak too fast?

If you are speaking to a group and your rate of speech is very fast, your audience will tune you out and mentally make plans for dinner or whatever. Speaking too fast has been my challenge for decades. I grew-up thinking I stutter; however, when I was 29 years old, a very competent speech pathologist informed me that I don’t stutter. Rather, I clutter, which means I talk too fast.

Now, how to address it. Be assured that you this will greatly enhance your articulation. That is, emphasize the last sound of each word you speak. This may sound odd for you at first but will sound very polished to the listener. I assure you.

Also, pause. No more than six (6) words at a time without a pause. Even less….than six…will work….nicely.

Also, use a full voice. It may sound odd to you for a while, but not to the audience. No one ever talks down to someone using a full voice.

If you would like to learn how I became a better speaker, read the ebook, Rise Above: Conquering Adversities on Amazon Kindle. It’s also available online in paperback format.

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All my best to you!

Adversity Evolving Into Success

At age 18 y/o I was involved in a motor vehicle accident (MVA) , which resulted in three skull fractures, a traumatic brain injury (TMI), not being found for six (6) hours, an 8-day coma, weeks of paralysis and having to relearn to walk and talk, which was compounded with a severe speech impediment I had long before the MVA.

When discharged from the hospital, my height was 6′ and weight 110 lbs. My short-term memory (STM) was terrible and still is VERY bad. Coping with stress was/is an enormous task. Poor impulse control, which is caused by damage to the frontal lobe, will often destroy relationships, because people can’t see that it’s a physical problem. It made no exception with me.

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Rise Above is applicable to anyone, who has faced challenges!

Rise Above is a detailed description of my journey of conquering adversity. You will read how I survived a near-fatal motor vehicle accident, which resulted in three skull fractures, a bruised brain, an eight-day coma and having to relearn how to walk and talk – made all the more challenging by a lingering speech impediment acquired in childhood.

Stuttering is an awful burden for a person to carry throughout life. Children can be cruel. The my utmost fear, speaking in public, would one day be an ally and allow me to present programs extensively throughout the Untied States.

Normally, our children bare the task of planning our funeral. It is not “normal” for parents to plan their child’s funeral; unfortunately, life is not always “normal.” You will read how I faced his greatest challenge….the death of my child. You will also read about the tools and support systems my family andI found vital when confronted with the journey of grief.

This book is not about curing an adversity; however it is about thriving in spite of an adversity.

This is a must read for anyone facing a challenge in life.

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