It never ceases to amaze me how often people call saying, “Help! Can you FedEx your video on how to give a talk. My speech is next week.”
In July 2001, a gentleman inquired about my speech coaching services. He mentioned he was becoming the President of his Trade Association and would be delivering a minimum of a dozen talks a year all over the country. Just yesterday he called to say he wants help to write and deliver an important talk … three weeks out.
My advice…if you know you are going to be called on to speak, get the help in advance! Here is some advice from David Palmer, PhD, a Fripp Coaching Associate.
Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE
Do you have an important talk to give in the next 2 to 3 months?
If so, what are you doing about it?
First, ask yourself, what do most people do in this situation?
- They don’t do anything, except worry about their talk and dread the approaching day.
- They wait until the last minute to prepare, trying to minimize the discomfort.
- They don’t know what to do, so they rationalize that they’re an OK presenter and figure they’ll just wing it.
- They wonder how and why they got into this situation and vow never to do it again.
- They secretly know that becoming a better presenter will help their career and self-confidence, but they don’t know where to start.
Second, you are not “most people.” Most people are poor presenters and never do anything about getting better; you decide to definitely not be one of them!
- You decide to do something positive about your important talk because you know that worrying won’t help, right action does.
- You decide to begin to prepare now so you’ll be well prepared when you deliver your important talk because you know it’ll show.
- You decide to discover and learn what to do to give a topnotch presentation because you know you’re a good learner.
- You decide that you really do know how and why you got into this situation and choose to turn it into an opportunity to work on your ability to present well.
- You decide to become a much better presenter because it will help both your career and your self-confidence.
Third, since you are not most people (most people are not successful), you get help from the pros. Learn more about speech coaching.
Finally, you congratulate yourself on your brilliant insights and excellent decision!
P.S. I’m glad you are NOT among that large group known as “most people” and ARE taking action to be more successful by helping your career and building your self-confidence.
P.P.S. Mastering just a few basics will (1) put you way ahead of your peers and (2) give you a base to build on for the rest of your life.