I happen to love public speaking. I think it is a blast, and have actively been developing my skills as a speaker through practice and training. Practice is important because over time you will get less and less anxious each time you have to speak. You also will get more comfortable fielding questions and being graceful under pressure when there are technology snafus. (And there will be at some point.)
My mentor Michael Port has recently launched his Heroic Public Speaking™* training with Amy Mead. I jumped on the opportunity to see the first event he did in New York. Michael began his career as an actor and has an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program. It was a full day of training that included techniques he learned from acting, and from being a highly rated professional speaker who gets $25K per talk.
Honestly, I can’t recommend Michael’s training enough. The way he presents information is clear, concise, and often very humorous.
Here are some of the techniques I have learned from him:
Do you want more tips? Download Michael Port’s free eBook: The Heroic Public Speaking Guide To Making World Saving Speeches.*
I know that my speaking has improved dramatically by incorporating Michael’s techniques. I even had the confidence to pay for a professional videotaping of a recent talk.
The other factor contributing to my improvement has been practice. I have spoken 19 times so far this year. Practice doesn’t make perfect – but it sure does make you better!
Find out more about Michael Port’s speaker training here*. You’ll laugh a lot and learn a ton from him.
PS – If you would like to hire me for speaking, I talk on topics related to productivity, small business, and entrepreneurship. You can read more about that here.
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