Public speaking is an art…Not a set of instructions…
It is NOT paint by numbers! Most public speaking training advises us to “do this” and “not that”. While instructions are important, they are not facts just because they worked for that “expert”! Don’t believe the message: “Follow me and do exactly as I do, and you’ll be a wonderful public speaker.” This is untrue for very important two key reasons…
This approach to public speaking training gives the illusion that there is a specific science to speaking well. That if you follow one specific formula every single time… and you’ll be the perfect public speaker. This is simply untrue and very dangerous.
Learning all of the “how to” rules set down by another speakers forces you to pay attention to how they did it! Not what will necessarily “how YOU” express yourself authentically.
Exceptional public speaking is an art form… an art form that is created by the natural verbal and physical expressions of YOU. You are the artist, painting a picture with your words and touching the hearts of your audience.
It’s less about rules and more about what comes from your “authentic expression”. Lists of public speaking rules act as reasons why you’re not the perfect public speaker… and can make us more nervous, rather than help us to shine as a public speaker.
The “how to” rules will make you a less authentic speaker…
If you’re just copying someone else, you won’t be genuine… not even a little.
Did Van Gogh copy De Vinci? – did Salvador Dali copy Raphael style? Each artist strikes out and develops his own iconic style? The more you copy another speaker, the more you’ll worry about getting it “right”. The more you learn about YOUR expression the more powerful you become.
The speakers who have the most power to impact an audience are those who are the most natural and the most authentic -not the speakers who copy others.
Public Speaking is an ART.
Public speaking is an art form rather than a science, because different techniques and brush strokes work differently for different people. The wrong or right answer only exists as it applies to what is wrong or right for you. Even as Van Gogh had to learn certain techniques, brush stokes, paints and colours to create his master pieces, you can learn what style works best for you.
This is what makes my approach to public speaking powerful, no “one size” fits all… helping you find your own voice, with authority and authenticity, to become the best (speaker) verbal artist you can be.
Authenticity matters. It’s your unique and personal tool to share your speaking art with the world. The best way to find your voice is to get feedback on your authenticity… think of it as “loving art critic” or your “art teacher”.
We all need guidance for our art. For example, we have a great 2day workshop Presentation Power: NLP that focuses on exactly this. Simply put… be the best you, you can be. Remember that you are an artist and public speaking is indeed… an art form.
Always Show Up – Be Yourself