Yep, you guessed it. Speaking. Give me time to process my thoughts, write them down in the security of my home, edit, and I’m good.
Put me on a stage and ask me to communicate clear, compelling vision and I freak out.
It’s not surprising that mankind’s greatest fear is public speaking. It requires focus, vulnerability, and charm. You can’t do it on the couch with a bag of cheetos. A little effort is required.
The truth is, if you consider yourself a leader, you can’t avoid public speaking. Your followers are waiting to hear you speak.
Types Of Speaking
When we think of public speaking it we usually conjure up images of large conference rooms, church pulpits, and angry audiences that hate our guts. But great speaking isn’t just reserved for the big stages.
- persuading your children to obey?
- a job interview?
- a small group?
- a proposal?
- a staff meeting?
Anytime you open your mouth, you are influencing others.
Great leaders always communicate well, and blogging has helped me develop my speaking like no other discipline. No, blogging doesn’t take away the nerves or magically turn you into a persuasive communicator. I wish I could promise that. But it can help you in these 5 ways:
How Blogging Makes You A Better Speaker:
1. It helps you get to the point - to be an effective writer, you can’t be a rambler. Nobody wants to hear you drone endlessly about randomness. Get to the point and say it well. Because I force myself to write easily scannable content and a lot of list posts, it forces me to think through a topic and say it as succinct as possible.
2. It helps you know what you’re talking about – nobody wants to read someone who doesn’t know what they’re talking about. You can spot a faker or a plagiarizer a mile away. Blogging pushes you to research topics and know your niche.
3. It constantly stretches your creative muscle – great speakers are curious people. They are constantly learning, seeing life from new perspectives. Blogging helps you do this. In order to constantly create compelling content, you need to be curious. You need to view your life as a learning experience. Stretch that creative muscle every day.
4. It provides instant feedback – comments are a wonderful thing. They provide instant feedback to your writing and a lot of times, you learn from your readers. This will help you as a communicator because you’ll get a feel for how your audience reacts to the topic.
5. It helps you speak convincingly – to be a great blogger, not only does your writing need to be succinct, it needs to be convincing. You want to move people to action. You want your readers to know what you’re asking of them. It’s the same way with great speaking. You don’t leave your listeners guessing as to what you want them to do.
So what can you do?
Next time you speak, blog about it first.
Get to the point with as few words as possible. Then practice out loud. You’ll notice a massive difference.
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