A friend of mine once gave me a set of lavender coloured Post-It notes for my birthday. I thought that was a pretty strange birthday present – until I read what was written on the post-it notes. The message said:
“If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.”
That really resonated with me: if I wanted to change and grow I’d have to do things differently. Especially when it came to speaking. If I kept using the same formula and technique, guess what? I’d keep getting the same results.
So what does ‘doing it differently’ mean as a speaker? It means being so captivating that your audience hangs on to every word you say. A really good way to do this is to harness the power of your right brain.
Your left brain is all about what you say. Your right brain is all about how you say it.
We live in an age where there is so much information. If you want to stand out, you have one great asset no one else has. You. Your imagination. Your creativity. There is no one on earth like you. No one thinks and acts quite like you. You are unique. When you add this uniqueness to your speaking, you win the attention of audiences.
Some experts are saying the key to success in the 21st century is to harness the power of your right brain. I strongly recommend you read A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future￼.
The bottom line: stop doing what you’ve always done. Let your imagination and creativity soar. Use your uniqueness to make memorable messages. Take a chance on yourself. You won’t be disappointed.
Halina St James takes the worry out of presentations with her Present Like a Pro video training course. It’s available now from the Podium Coaching online store, together with her popular TalkitOut: From Fears to Cheers e-book and workbook.