Do you break out in a cold sweat when someone asks you to speak to a group of people? The fear of public speaking is very normal. We spend most of our time not speaking to groups of people, so when we have to give a speech, we are often painfully aware of how little experience we have. It’s very difficult to look good at anything when you’ve only done it a few times. It’s that inexperience that makes you look or feel foolish, and no one likes that.
And, that’s what this website is all about. No one said you have to give a perfect speech. Wouldn’t it be okay to do a pretty good job of things? It’s not like you’re a speaking professional. We’re talking just one speech or one presentation. You just have to get through it, preferably without looking stupid.
This is where we come in.
Is It Really That Simple?
Getting up in public and speaking is not easy. Actually, it is easy, but we make it difficult. How do we make it difficult? Well, by…
- Setting up excessively high expectations.
- Not understanding the fundamentals.
- Lack of experience.
The problem is we want to be great speakers without preparing and having rarely done it. How many things can you do well the first time you tried it? My guess is: very few.
Try the Pretty Good Speech Instead
We’re not trying to turn you into a world-class public speaker or a world-class research analyst. We just want to give you the basics so that you can do a pretty good job of it.
Why? Well, ultimately, we believe that if you feel more confident about public speaking, you will be more inclined to do it. Communication skills are critical for future success (Don’t believe us? Try going to a job interview, say nothing, and see if you get the job!), so it is extremely important for you to develop this skill set. With a little confidence that comes from knowing the basics and a little practice, your pretty good speeches might just lead to pretty great opportunities.
The Secret to Successful Speaking
It’s no secret; the only way to get good at something is to learn about it and to practice doing it. Along the way, you’ll have good days and bad days. But, by understanding the basics of writing a speech, you’ll feel a lot more comfortable giving the speech. That confidence boost will super charge your good days, and pull you through those bad days.