“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.” – Arnold Toynbee
I am been speaking professionally for almost eleven years and I’ve been coaching professional speakers and those who just want to be better speakers for the past 3 years. The #1 question that I am asked over and over again is, “What’s the single most important thing I can do to improve my speaking and be better on the platform?”
My answer is the same every time and it goes like this…You’ve got to be real and being “real” in a speaker’s world means that you have to be genuine, approachable, open, engaging, conversational, honest, humble and passionate!
Yes, I said PASSIONATE
You have to be excited about your topic and share not only your content but your energy and your enthusiasm. If you aren’t excited about what you have to say how can your audience get excited? Think back to some of the speakers you have listened to in the past. I bet that the ones that you remember created a lasting impression and may have even been responsible for moving you into action. What was it that you remember? Was it a particular story that puts a smile on your face just thinking about it? Was it the feeling that they evoked in you? Was it an excitement to go out and start doing something? Great speakers spark a curiosity in us that makes us want to learn more, do more or be more!
A really great speaker has the ability to not only share their information and knowledge but they also share their passion. Sharing your passion takes courage. It takes getting out of you comfort zone and letting your excitement about a topic out. Just start practicing letting your passion out when you are in a conversation with your friends or your family.
Oh, and if you are not sure about your passion two great Houston women Ruth McCurdy and Brenda Harris are putting on a workshop where you will take the Passion Test and The Passion, Possibilities and Purpose Workshop. Check it out!