There are a vast number of techniques, tools and skills that you can learn when it comes to speaking publicly. There are many courses, workshops and coaching that can really help in getting you where you want to be (mine included of course!). There is also one thing that you must not forget….. Your uniqueness. What is it that you bring that is special and fabulous?
I know that it not an easy question, and when I ask my clients they often say, ‘nothing, not much or I don’t know’.
Often we are asked in an interview ‘What are your strengths?’ or ‘What do you feel your positive attributes are?’
Again, we can find this tricky to answer because we really don’t give it enough thought. We find it challenging to talk honestly and openly about all the good things we can do, or the great attributes we have.
We may say ‘I’m a great team player, I’m very organised or I see myself as a patient person’. Whatever the positive attributes are, they are all skills that are transferrable to a presentation or speech.
If you are a great team player, then this may mean you are able to listen well to others, to really take on board what your audience are wanting from you. You might be great at asking the right questions to really get to the outcome or objective.
Are you organised? If so, you are probably someone that will put in the preparation and practise needed to deliver a well tuned speech.
What makes YOU unique? What great qualities can you bring to your public speaking engagement or any conversation you may find yourself part of?
Authenticity is something that inspiring speakers have. They are being themselves and allowing their audience to really connect with them on a very genuine level.
To have the ability to really know who you are and what you can offer to your audience is a gift. By doing this you can be the unique individual that you truly are.