My brother, the legendary guitarist Robert Fripp says that with music as with speaking, “When you do something well, everyone says, ‘Oh, he’s a natural.’ ‘Oh, she doesn’t have to worry; this comes naturally.’ However, even when it appears effortless – even with natural talent – you still need the discipline of following the process and doing the work.”
Sometimes “following the process” means pushing through experiences that feel like complete failures. My friend, Sims Wyeth, author of The Essentials of Persuasive Public Speaking, offers this perspective to help you better handle moments of “failure” in your public speaking:
Fail Your Way to Success
by Sims Wyeth
Some people think that the ability to communicate effectively is innate—you either have it or you don’t. Wrong! It is an art that can be learned by everyone, including the shy, the dull, and the inarticulate.
The stories are innumerable:
Churchill fainted at his first speech in Parliament.
As secretary of the navy, FDR bored people to tears.
Bill Clinton was booed at the 1988 Democratic Convention for his long-windedness.
Yet all three are now known as brilliant communicators. They persisted and excelled. So can you.
To watch fast, fun “Tip Clips” on “How to look confident when speaking,” “How to gesture while speaking,” and “How to slow down while speaking,” visit the Sims Wyeth & Co. bookstore.
Sims Wyeth is the president of Sims Wyeth & Co., an executive development firm in Montclair, NJ devoted to the art and science of speaking persuasively.
Thank you Sims!
I am often asked, “Is it possible for anyone to become a great speaker?” Others want to know, “Can I become good enough to get paid to speak?” My reply is, “I guarantee you do not lack the talent to do this. You might lack the patience. Learn to love the process.”
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