Whether you are a professional speaker or a speaking professional, the end of the year is a great time for self-reflection. It is a good time to ask some hard questions of you. It is not necessary maybe to answer all of those questions but it should provoke some needed thought. Whether it is your content, your level of speaking skills or just the direction where you want to go in life, the more thinking and reviewing you do, the better you will become. Reviewing your life makes you a more accomplished self-learner. I have always said that the more you learn about yourself the better you can become.
Many speakers make a habit of recording themselves when they speak. When you have a recording of your speech, you can analyze your mistakes. This is what most people want to do. However, it is also important to look at the good points of your speaking. We sometimes are so caught up in our faults, we miss what is good. It is maybe more important for us to minimize our weakness and concentrate on strengthening our positive attributes.
So enjoy the coming end of the year and look forward to the beginning of the New Year!
One of the benefits of being a speaker is that you are expected to present novel ideas. This is actually not that hard to accomplish. The key to presenting novel ideas is to look at your content from different points of view. By reviewing your content from all different perspectives, you may see an idea or a nugget that you may not have thought of before. The problem most people have is that they are accustomed to a particular line of thinking and do not want to either expand or challenge this thinking. Challenging your thinking forces you to defend your idea or content. Or it may force you to accept that your idea is wrong and there might be a better way. You can see this in everyday life. People would rather criticize another person’s actions or thinking rather than challenge their own thinking. The key to finding novel ideas is looking at your content from a 360 degree perspective. Do not accept a particular point of view. Force yourself to look at your content from many angles.
Another way to expand your thinking is by reading different authors who may not hold the same ideas that you hold. Instinctively, you may want to argue against their line of thinking. Force yourself to push back against this instinct and assume for the time being their ideas are correct. You may in the end still hold the same opinion as before but at least you have expanded your thinking.
The greater number of novel ideas you present, the greater your value to your audience!
Every speaker must know how to tell a great story. If all you give your audience is content, you will put your audience to sleep. The best way to make a point is by telling a story. Doug Stevenson, foremost StoryTelling expert, shows how by using 9 simple steps, you can tell a great story. Enjoy!