Own Your Own Style!
Do as the Army Recruiting Slogan says: “Be all that YOU can be!”
I don’t have a great voice. I don’t sing, dance, or play an instrument. Realizing I would never have some of the ‘tools for delivery’ others have was a relief. I quit trying to be someone I wasn’t and concentrated on being the best I can be.
That revelation came to me years ago when I was practicing a speech while walking with my wife. It was going along well, when she suddenly stopped walking and asked, “What was that?”
I assumed she was asking about the part of the presentation I had delivered in the last few moments, and answered, “That’s what Brian Tracy says about being self-employed.”
“Well, it wasn’t you!” she exclaimed, and continued, “It was as if you made a sudden left, without warning, as we were driving down the highway. You were trying to be someone you’re not. What does Fred have to say about being self-employed?”
That moment caused me to assess the way I was presenting and how I thought I wanted to present. It was one of those proverbial Ah -Hah! Moments. All a person can do is to be the best they can be. We each need to develop our own style. It can be tweaked and improved, but unless you’re doing impersonations, don’t try to be someone else.
I was in a great Toastmasters Club. We had some awesome speakers.
They had a variety of presentation styles, and some members had specific qualities about their talks I admired, and wish I possessed.
Two men, Dan and Robert, had dynamic baritone voices. The room filled with their rich voice when they spoke and I often thought they would do extremely well behind a pulpit!
Dan would occasionally grace us with his singing as he skillfully played his guitar. It was always a treat.
Kapano, a doctor, was also the consummate dancer and runway model. Her presentations always left us admiring her skills.
Another person was a wordsmith extraordinaire. He had a mastery of the english language I’ll never have. I always thought Paul D. forgot more words then I would ever know! It was not only his large vocabulary that impressed me, but the way the words flowed off his tongue, almost like a symphony!
Paul L. was an attorney, and an extremely smart person with a knowledge of many things. His presentations and eloquent style of delivery were outstanding!
Mike’s speeches always had the audience laughing, some so hard they were almost in tears. He seemed to have a natural ability to be funny. Not only was his material great, but the delivery was superb. I believe he could have read the phone book and had people chuckling! He was a great humorist and now does some standup comedy at local clubs.
John, an accountant type, also delivered great humor. His dry style of delivery was completely different than Mike’s, but great!
Duke was the best storyteller I’ve ever heard. He could weave a tale and pull the audience in like no one I’ve ever seen do it.
He looked the part, also. When ‘performing’, he wore high engineer boots over his faded jeans. A plaid, flannel shirt was part of his ‘uniform’, and went well with his long hair and great mustache. He could have been in a Jack Daniels commercial!
He didn’t attend meetings as regularly as we wish he had. We always made it a point, though, to take him to Toastmaster Contests if storytelling was on the agenda. It was the equivalent of taking Michael Phelps, the Olympic swimming champion, to a high school swim meet! Nobody wanted to follow the Dukester!
I wish I had the presentation skills of some of my Toastmaster friends. I don’t, but I do have my own, that I continually work on.
You have a unique style, also. The challenge is to find it, hone it, and use it!
Remember, you can’t be anyone but you! That’s a good thing because no one else can be, and present, like you!
Follow this suggestion of developing and perfecting your own style and your next presentation will be
– NO SWEAT!
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About the Author
Fred E. Miller is a speaker, a coach, and author of the book,
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