Speaking, as everyone reckons it to be a herculean task and most of them think they can crawl away out of challenges in life ever without having to tackle the monster of publically speaking.
They claim that their work would speak for itself and they don’t have to boast. Give me a break, please admit that the very thought of speaking to a crowd sends shivers on your spine and your body switches to “flight or fight” mode, and we usually chicken out of the challenge or come out of it feeling robbed, humiliated and deciding never to do such an embarrassing thing again in life.
But, is it really that tough?
Even the individuals all through the history who are regarded as the greatest orators have admitted to have been shy and hesitant, also trying to run away from speaking until they prepared to face they fears.
The key here is “prepare”. This is not a fight, or is it? Isn’t it an intellectual show of what you know and what society can benefit out of it?
Why should the ones you intend to be your audience listen to you? Do you have something to give? Is there a depth and passion in what you want to say – if yes, you are already through the step 1 of the process, write to me, I would help you take your passion of public speaking to the next level.
If you are the one who are still trying to figure out, you are not confident that the audience would honor you or respect you and all you are afraid of is what? A fake vanity that you would be embarrassed?
Oh, come on, there is nothing as embarrassment. You have to start somewhere, why not start in-front of a big group and fail rather than not starting at all.
There are a few advantages when you talk to a large group:
First: After your speech, you feel embarrassed, but you feel fearless for your next battle.
You have already spoken to a gathering of 50 people and no one shoed you (assuming no one does in our so called civil society) and you are out of that fear of getting embarrassed, since you know it would not kill you and you can live another day to take your chances with the crowd.
Second: You would have developed valuable insight of how your vocal chords pull themselves in for a first few seconds when you start to talk, if you prepared yourself beforehand, your brain kicks in and takes the control and there starts your fabulous journey as a speaker.
You will never learn swimming just be going through the warm up schedule off the pool or reading a book about it. I trust doing it and learning it, that’s how I learnt and that’s how I coach.
Remember, you can speak, we are evolved to speak in public, but only a small fear of society consciousness, sheep mentality keeps us from doing so.
If you want to be a public speaker, Orator of greater order in the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, Narendra Modi, Steve Jobs or Mohammad Ali, you have to start somewhere, just start, give it a head roll and your ambition of becoming a speaker would take control and you can achieve wonders in the way you communicate.