For many, the topic of today’s episode ranks right up there with having a root canal, attending a party filled with multiple exes, or fighting city hall. Yet, speaking in public about the work of your organization is one of the most powerful tools for getting your message out in the world. Our guest today gives us lots of concrete steps we can take to get better at public speaking.
Origin of the fear of public speaking.
For most of us, school presentations are where we learn to speak in a formal setting, but we see it as a chore rather than a means of communication.
How to become comfortable speaking in public:
You must understand that you cannot eliminate fear completely when it comes to presentations; instead, it is a dichotomy to manage. When you prioritize the message you want to convey over the fear you have, the whole process becomes easier.
Communication exercises to improve your game:
Pick a random word and create a presentation out of thin air. This helps you to think fast on your feet.
Think about a question you think the world would ask you about your expertise.
Make a list of about ten of your loved ones and send them a video of you appreciating them.
Reasons Introverts are better at communication than they realize:
They are better at pausing.
They are great listeners.
They are accessible.
Advice for people who aren’t comfortable with being the center of attention:
Practice having small conversations and getting instant feedback from people; this will help you build up toward being with a bigger audience.
Speaking to a camera is a lot different than speaking to an audience in person. You don’t have the energy from the audience when you’re presenting online, nor is there a need to alternate eye contact with the audience. You have to consciously keep your energy up to grab the attention of your listeners online.
Finally, prepare yourself every day by answering random questions; doing this helps you solve the problem of content and gives you time to focus on delivery.
About Our Guest
Brenden Kumarasamy is the founder of MasterTalk; he coaches ambitious executives & entrepreneurs to become the top 1% of communicators in their industry. He also has a popular YouTube channel called MasterTalk, with the goal of providing free access to communication tools for everyone in the world.