Rock the boat, you won’t drown.
Working as a speaker coach, I hear something like the following, all the time:
I know that I have too much data on my slides, my speech is too long, boring, and dry; I don’t use any stories to convey my message; yeah, I know I have more than one core message; BUT … (here come the lame excuses)
- This is how we do it at my company!
- I am not a marketing guy!
- I am not an actor!
- It takes too much time to shorten it!
- If I cut out all the data and reduce to the essentials – my colleagues will think I am stupid or I didn’t do my homework!
- I am new here and don’t want to rock the boat by doing it differently.
And the top lame excuse:
That’s the way everybody else does it.
I have a challenging job trying to encourage speakers to speak outside the box. Most people are scared to be different. Is your fear of failure or rejection getting in the way? It’s time to face your fear! Even if you do fall flat on your face, you are still moving forward!
My want for you is to not just stand up and speak, but to stand up and stand out. Why just speak? Inspire your audience!
It takes courage to do it differently. But someone has to start. Why not you?
Wishing you a creative day,
Dyane Neiman is the Moving Speaker: www.moving-speaker.com. She helps business professionals at all levels, who want to enjoy speaking in public, in English. She always encourages people to believe in their originality. Get in touch at email@example.com
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