Sooner or later you will find yourself speaking in public. It could be a business presentation, a wedding toast, retirement tribute or a vote of thanks to your kid’s Pee Wee soccer team.
These public speaking occasions terrify a lot of people. They’d rather die – they will tell you – than speak in public. And yet they’ve spent their lives speaking in public. Every time you open your mouth to speak, and people are listening, you’re speaking in public.
Of course there is a difference between having a quiet conversation over a coffee with your best friend and standing before a hostile audience trying to persuade them to accept your vision. The difference is strategy and planning. But the organ of delivery is the same. Your voice.
Capturing your natural, engaging, confident voice is critical to success when speaking in public.
Your greatest gift is your voice, your ability to speak. It distinguishes you from everyone else. Nobody speaks like you. Your voice is your best marketing tool, whether you’re selling yourself, your ideas or your products. Your voice is your instrument for success and fulfilment… if only you have the confidence to release it.
When you don’t release your voice, you risk:
- looking nervous
- making a mistake
- boring your audience
- confusing your audience
- blocking a sale
- preventing a promotion
- sapping your confidence
When you do release your voice you:
- engage more
- inspire more
- convince more
So how do you release your voice? At Podium, we’ll teach you our TalkitOut Technique. It’s changed people’s lives around the world by allowing them to speak, be heard and be remembered.
TalkitOut begins by accepting there’s a fundamental difference between the way we write and the way we speak. Too often novice speakers slave over the careful creation of an essay – and then wonder why the words don’t slip smoothly over the tongue and between the lips when they stand up to speak in front of an audience.
Our style changes when we speak. We draw on a different part of our vocabulary. We’re generally a lot looser when we speak. More… conversational. Getting our words on to paper in the way we speak generally guarantees a more comfortable delivery. And one that more closely reflects our personality and authenticity. But writing in silence rarely achieves that.
That’s where TalkitOut comes in. We teach people to speak the words out loud before they commit them to paper. You start by brainstorming your first sentence out loud. Listen to it. Challenge it. Try to express the thought a different way. When it sounds right, write it exactly the way you said it. Keep brainstorming your sentences, and evaluating how they sound before writing them down. Build your presentation sentence by sentence, repeating out loud the last sentence before adding a new one.
The more you speak out loud as you prepare your speech or presentation, the easier it will be to deliver it in front of an audience. You will:
- hear yourself the way the audience hears you.
- be able to catch any disconnects in logic.
- be rehearsing so you save time.
Your voice is a gift. Release it.
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.