Public speaking can be fun! You may not think so, but anything in life can be fun if we allow it to be. Even public speaking!
There are three groups of people when it comes to the attitude of public speaking:
The Naturals are people who have always enjoyed presenting in front of an audience. They are hardly ever nervous, they are not afraid to show their true personality, and they usually feel very comfortable with all eyes on them when they are speaking. This is the minority, a rare group compared to most people in our society.
The Converters are those who have been converted from once hating public speaking (or just not liking it very much, or just gosh darn afraid of it) to actually enjoying it and even having fun with it. They went through the process of learning the skills, practicing, and improving. They took action in overcoming their negative attitude and/or fears towards public speaking. They practiced every chance they could, and they began to believe they were capable of being a good or great presenter. These people have learned to actually enjoy public speaking, find it fun, and some have even gone on to become professional speakers. This is the group I fit into.
The Avoiders are people who hate public speaking, fear it, and wish it could be avoided at all costs. If this is you, congratulations, you are normal and in the majority. The good news is you can easily become a converter if you want to and most likely you do because you are reading this book.
All you have to do to become a converter (to go from avoiding public speaking to enjoying it) is to learn the skills that are presented in this book, practice them at every opportunity you get, and then practice some more. The more you actually get up and practice, the more comfortable you will become. And once you are comfortable speaking in front of others, your entire life will change. After all, how we present determines the level of our success. The more confident, dynamic, and engaging you are, the more your audience will listen to you, believe what you have to say, learn from you, and do business with you.
Whether you are a Natural, a Converter, or an Avoider, you will benefit from this book.
The skills that you are about to learn will help you take your public speaking skills to the next level, no matter what level you are at right now. Whether you are a great public speaker or not so great, you can improve. This book will help you become the best possible public speaker you can be. Time and time again I meet people who don’t think they could be as good as other presenters where they end up proving themselves wrong and becoming greater than they ever thought they could be.
Everyone has the ability to be a great presenter. Including you! All you need to do is gather the knowledge, practice the tools, and believe you can do it!
About Jacki Rose
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Published October 12, 2010
Business & Economics.