BE A STORY TELLER
Do you have what it takes to be a public speaker? You may think it is an easy job. A quick way to turn a buck! You may think, “I can work once per month and kick back the other 28-30 days!”
Let me be as clear and concise as I can with you (if that is your attitude). You will FAIL!
I don’t care if you have learned how to fly backwards using milk shooting out of your nose – you will never be successful at public speaking if you are relying on your own abilities. People may see you as “unique” for a little while. But their interest will soon turn from you to someone else who has learned another “unique” thing to do.
To be successful at public speaking, you must have a few things going for you…
1. You must have a message. A story to tell. A point to make.
2. You must have the ability to cast a vision. A good story-teller is able to make his or her audience become part of the story.
3. You must be able to relate it to the person listening. They must get something out of it. If you have a story that your audience cannot relate to or does not care about, your speaking gig will be over before you get started!
Every person has the ability to tell the story of their life. Personal stories will work the best. I could stand up and talk about Abraham Lincoln (for example) and it would just turn into an interesting history lesson for most listeners. But if I told how X,Y,Z happened to me. And how I remembered a story about Abraham Lincoln when X,Y,Z happened to him. And how he did A,B,C to overcome the obstacle – and won. How I applied A,B,C in my situation and it worked, too! Now, I have a story they can relate to!
The point is – don’t focus on you. Keep the focus on the audience. Keep the focus on helping them to overcome their problems.
When you do that, your speaker success is on the horizon!by