We perceive really good speakers as Experts! Speaking Opportunities
Perception is reality, and we like to work with Experts – Correct?
That’s a problem.
Here’s why: People who have a “Fear of Public Speaking” don’t take, or make those opportunities. Consequently, they often lose potential business and career possibilities.
The research shows:
Speaking Opportunities are Business Opportunities!
Speaking Opportunities are Career Opportunities!
The folks who embrace, take and make those occasions to speak, and do it well, increase the perception they are Experts. The result is they grow their businesses and careers.
Additionally, people who speak well and are seen as Experts have the “platform” to promote their “platform”, i.e. cause or passion. With this Expert Status, their efforts are more productive!
We also perceive excellent speakers as Leaders. In fact, we expect Leaders to be very good presenters. Some are; many are not. If you speak well, you are seen as a Leader; be it in a company or organization; formal or informal. Leaders command authority, internally and externally, and are rewarded for their presentation skills.
The “Fear of Public Speaking’ holds many back. I’ve encountered many individuals with great work histories, advanced educational degrees, and “old school” work ethics that are not where they want to be career wise because of poor communication skills. If a person can’t speak to a group in a manner that educates, entertains, and explains their message, they are often passed over for people less qualified, but better communicators. This doesn’t have to be.
Delivering presentations and speaking to groups is a skill, like all the others we have, that can be learned. No one was born knowing how to ride a bike, drive a car or operate a computer. We all learned these skills, and the same can be done with Public Speaking.
There is plenty of help available.
- Toastmasters is a International Organization dedicated towards helping people with their presentation skill.
- Adult Evening School Classes (This is where I started!)
- Personal Coaching
- Lots of stuff on line
All the above will help, but the Learning is in the Doing!
You can do all the intellectualizing you want about speaking: read books, watch professionals, listen to CDs and watch videos.
The best advice I can offer is – SPEAK! SPEAK! SPEAK! (There is a Video Here!)
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About the Author
Fred E. Miller is a speaker, a coach, and author of the book, “No Sweat Public Speaking!”
Businesses and individuals hire him because they want to improve their
Public Speaking and Presentation Skills.
They do this because we perceive really great speakers to be Experts.
Perception is reality and we rather deal with Experts.
They also know: Speaking Opportunities are Business Opportunities.
Speaking Opportunities are Career Opportunities.
He shows them how to Develop, Practice and Deliver Knock Your Socks Off Presentations! with –
Fred E. Miller
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John Zimmer says
Thanks for the post, Fred. You, I and dozens of others frequently write about HOW to become a better speaker. It’s important that we remind ourselves and others of WHY we should strive to become better speakers.
Keith Davis says
Came over from John Zimmer’s site via your comment.
You are so right.
The ability to stand up and speak in front of an audience is a skill that everyone in business should have.
Like you I always advise people to join Toastmasters or the Association of Speakers Clubs in the UK.
Super site you have here Fred – pay me a visit and we can exchange a few links.
Fred E. Miller says
Thanks for visiting and taking time to comment.
Cool stuff on your site, also, and I really like the format.
Make your next presentation – “No Sweat!”
Fred E. Miller says
Thanks for the visit and Post.
Your James Humes quote caught my attention.
His book, “The Sir Winston Method” is one of my favorites on Public Speaking!
Russ Henneberry says
Fred, have you seen the movie “The Kings Speech”? It’s a great movie and illustrates your point beautifully. We expect leaders to be good speakers. George W. Bush certainly took a lot of criticism for being a poor speaker. And Barack Obama definitely benefits from being a good speaker.
Thanks for writing this Fred!
Fred E. Miller says
“The King’s Speech” was a fantastic movie that raised the interest on the value of Public Speaking and stuttering, an affliction many share.
Your comments on presidents Busch and Obama are on the mark. Let’s not forget “The Great Communicator, ” Ronald Reagan and one of the best speakers ever to serve in the White House, Bill Clinton.
Thanks for visiting and taking time to Post.