It’s been said that a persons greatest fear is public speaking – followed by death by fire! Go figure.
I have been speaking professionally since November 1993 when I gave my first speech for a paltry $850. It was a 4 hour ‘phone sales skills’ workshop for a retail auto parts store – I was 24. It went broke a few years later – no fault of mine I am sure.
Since then I have given over 1,700 paid speeches. They get easier over time but I always remember the following little mantra when I have a new presentation….
- The audience has no idea what you’re going to say – they have not been sent a script
- You have been asked to speak, you have the microphone which means you are in charge
- Whatever you say is going to be right
If that is not enough remember you always give 3 speeches…
- The one you think you’re going to give
- The one you actually give
- The one you give to yourself afterwards!
People often get too worked up about making a speech or a presentation. It’ll never be right. Chill out and remember it could be worse. You’re not going to die by fire or feel embarrassed. You’ve been asked to speak for a reason!