Patricia Fripp was the first female elected President of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and is a member of the NSA Hall of Fame. Darren LaCroix is the 2001 Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking.
On Monday, I was working out with my fitness trainer, Jesika Fleming. I shared some of what I learned in between the torture … er, exercises. (Don’t punish me for that, Jesika, please?) At the end of the workout, she thanked me for sharing. I suddenly realized I was doing it to help me as much as to help her. What?
I was employing the “teach-to-learn” technique I came across several years ago. Simply put, a good way to reinforce what you learn is to try to teach it to someone else. Learn, teach, do.
Here are some of the things I learned at Get Coached to Speak.
As you analyze the current version of your speech, look for what is missing and look for what needs to be added.
- Pause with a purpose
- Don’t step on laughs
- Don’t step on thoughts
- Give your face and energy time to change
- One thought per sentence
- Use micro pauses within sentences
- Emphasize the important words
- Time is a set-up, not the punch
- Movement is good, if it is strategic
- Avoid sameness
- Tell stories using dialog, not narration
- Collect perspective changing stories
- Constantly rehearse you focused transitions.
- Use quotes from real people feeling the problem
- How can I say it better, in fewer words
One final thought. One of my Walt’s Rules is cross-training. I used Toastmasters, standup and improv to help my speaking.
Patricia mentioned other related skills I can add to my cross-training repertoire:
That’s how I spent my weekend in Vegas. I did not get a hangover, but my speaking got a makeover.