I had a great interview with Cheri Hill this week. She made some important points about how one becomes a great speaker.
Speaking is a skill and a craft we can always get better at, with proper training and experience.
It is far too easy to assume that the great speakers came to their level of excellence naturally. But they were not born speakers. They instead decided to dedicate their lives to becoming the best that they could be by taking classes, learning from others, and presenting hundreds of talks to improve their skills.
These top speakers learned to read their audiences and notice when they were really touching them personally. They learned to mix with their audience ahead of time so they felt connected to them when they began speaking.
THEY SIMPLY LOVE WHAT THEY DO AND IT SHOWS.
The tough part for most of us is finding that skill or trade that we can commit to absolutely. We must decide where we will put all of our belief and energy, because somewhere inside we KNOW that we can excel. And we also know we need to find our own area of excellence to feel good about ourselves.
Dedicate your life to finding your own area of excellence! And when you finally find it, don’t let ANYONE tell you you don’t know what you’re doing.
“The person who says it cannot be done, should not interrupt the person doing it.” -Chinese proverb