One of the secrets to maintaining any skill including Public Speaking is positive reinforcement, continual practice and striving to improve. Excellence in Public Speaking is a skill that can be learned. Many novice speakers learn the skill set through coaching and training with a professional presentation’s expert. The client may give several presentations that are good, well received and successful. They are satisfied with their achievements and quickly move to other endeavours. It doesn’t take long for old habits to return like rust penetrating a polished surface. Refresher programs in Public Speaking are one way to maintain your skills and even advance to a higher level. Another way is through Professional Development. This is a viable and important part of every Public Speaker’s tool box. It continues on as a life-long resource to help speakers enhance, perfect and excel. Nourish your garden of Public Speaking with new skills and techniques, observations and experimentation. Experiential learning is a valuable and important tool. Reap the rewards as you enjoy the journey as a fabulous and spectacular presenter reaching higher and higher on the ladder of professional speaking.
How many times have you listened to a public speaker reading and after a few minutes you find yourself falling asleep? As children we often were read to, prior to going to sleep for the night. It was an important part of the bedtime ritual following perhaps having a light snack, getting into your pajamas and brushing the teeth. Once we were under the covers a parent or caregiver would embark with the exercise of reading a story to us. Sometimes we had our favourite book and didn’t mind listening to it again. Often a new storybook was introduced. Sleepiness would penetrate our bodies and with great difficulty to resist, our eyes would slowly close and sleep would follow. If we were told a story, our minds would become energized and engaged in a creative, visual, visceral experience. This method usually resulted in several stories having to be told before we were satisfied. We were stimulated. The difference between the two latter story telling delivery methods are quite surprising. Reading often results in a monotonous, flat voice with one or two tones, with no gesturing. Telling a story provides animation, gestures, with many tones to the voice. Reading and speaking […]