After each "roadshow" I spend a lot of time thinking about what worked and what did not work. There were moments that really zinged! And some less stimulating moments in my presentations. So while these thoughts were on my mind I wondered why I had not paid more attention to Merlin Waite my college speech professor. So I went looking for what other speakers have done to hone their skills. Here are some ideas I found
Many professional speakers will tell you to join Toastmasters. Sounds like a good idea. I'll check it out. There seem to be chapters everywhere I turn so one should meet when I am free. John Kinde claims Toastmasters provided the SECOND most powerful training for him. Guess what was his most powerful training experience as a public speaker.
Improv Comedy Workshops! Who would have thought that ?
Some people work with coaches who help us learn about staging (more than how to walk in in time with your walk in music),body movement, speech structure, using humor, etc.
Others approach the speakers they admire and ask if they would listen to one of their lectures on tape and comment on two or three things done very well, and two or three items where improvement would have great impact.
John Jay Bailey likes to hear the sound of his own voice. He records his speeches as often as possible and listens for things he can correct next time. I have tried but my ego plays havoc with my listening. Be humble. Be very humble, and you can be teachable.
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