What Public Speaking Has Taught Me

When I was thirteen, I began my first public speaking engagement.


First and foremost, this is something I offer through my company: Valiance Coaching. We offer public speaking workshops, but I thought the remainder of the blog I just wrote would be interesting on here, as what is public speaking? It is basically the same facet of writing. you have to plan out your entire agenda, practice your speech, and write stuff down. When you are engaging in public speaking, you are acting as a humanized mechanism for change and plenty of great words. In fact, public speaking, in my eyes, is only 50 percent speaking. The other 50 percent is how you word it; how to tell the story; how you excite your readers; how you excite your listeners…in other words, when we are speaking in public, we are exercising more than just vocalization. We are also discussing the epitome of the written piece.


I will leave the link to my page at the end of this blog, but first: what do you prepare for when you are speaking publicly? For starters, prepare for a written document. I often recommend to public speakers, when working with my other company, that they first write down a narrative of what they would like to say. In other words, to prepare for writing a book in mini-mini format so you can get your point across. In fact, we all need to plan before we speak, do you not agree? A quarterback does not plan before he hikes the ball downfield; he has to speak with his team, coordinate a game plan, and succeed to the fullest of his or her abilities.

This is the same as in public speaking.


The first step is notes. First, write down your public speaking work as if you were writing a short article. Heck, even go as far as writing a script. Write out your thoughts, then go back and isolate the main points. What you are essentially trying to do is to draw up a massive document of everything you would like to speak about on the topic. Second, read it aloud and time yourself. What needs cutting? What needs advancement? What needs more? When we write it all down, we are essentially allowing our neurons to recognize key triggers. When you read a speech, your mind may be able to wander a bit. You will find yourself filling in new notes.


The next step is to begin to read it aloud, and then slowly but surely find what points are important and which points could use work. I suggest timing yourself. See how long the narrative takes to read. If you go over your time limit, be wary. You may need to cut some stuff out. That is why we move onto the next step, but first: did you get everything across? Did you find that you were able to cover everything simply based on what you wrote down? If not, add to it. Try to add “liner notes” to the document you have assembled, and begin to add in the new material you have available. This facilitates both memorization and pragmaticism.


Once you have the main points covered, begin to isolate the pieces. What solid “chunks” do you have trouble remembering? In other words, your next step is going to be to isolate the document you just assembled and put it into a sufficient format. I suggest using an iPad. Use the “Notes” feature (or any method you feel appropriate) to write down the key points, and then try to read out the lecture from memory. If you have trouble finding the main points, return to your document. Did you forget something? Did you miss a key point? Did you think of something new and funny to say? Do not overdo your public speaking with too much fluff or too many jokes.


Once done, begin to read it aloud based solely on the notes you just took. Remember, you need to be doing a lot more than reading. That is why you write it down into small chunks: to isolate your memory from your body. Body language when public speaking is the fine boundary between a good speaker and a great speaker. Great speakers move around the room; great speakers use their hands; great speakers look all attendees in the eyes when presenting. In fact, one-fourth of your public speaking endeavor depends on your ability to multitask. An example is when a question comes up. What if someone’s hand goes up? That means you have to remember where you left off when answering that question. This is not the case with every public speaking engagement. Often, you will never once see a hand go up.

But, you need to prepare for it.


I am going to l ink to my article on my other website, and vice versa. These two blog entries serve as a miniscule attempt to guide you to reach your end goal. At the end of the day, we all fear public speaking. Even Tony Robbins has butterflies in his stomach, and Ben Franklin was surely no different. In other words, all of the great public speakers have interesting things to say, yes, but it is also a flourish of body language and isolated attempts to remember from scratch where you left off. Public speaking is not just that: “speaking in public.” It is an artform you have to practice. I offer that service through Valiance Coaching, which is being linked to below.

Published by Ryan W. McClellan

Entrepreneur, Author & Business Consultant With A Background In Multimedia & Content Development

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