by Sandra Schrift
Everything is interdependent. If you are planting a garden, you may have the right soil, but you also need some sunshine. As a speaker, you bring to your audience a way to help them bloom. You bring your good will, your good mind and your support. George Leonard, co–founder of Esalen Institute, and a martial arts master and an Akido sensei with a fifth –degree black belt encourages speakers (and others) to love people through the tough times.
So get good at some topic because it matters to you. Then move in to the zone. Your life will be amazing. This requires discipline and commitment to do what you are doing until you are good at it. What does your soul hunger for? Do you want to be a world-class speaker?
Stewart Emery, the first CEO of est, suggests that this takes place in 10,000 hours over 10 years. The more you are prepared, the luckier you will get. He reminds us that passion lives within us and that it is up to speaker to inspire the audience to bring it out or else we suffer. “Be passionately curious and it is OK to have many passions. Have fun presenting something you love to speak on.”
Don’t be afraid to play the edge. Comfort is the enemy of the speaker.
Reveal yourself and expose yourself to your audiences. As a speaker, you need to transmit to your audience. And the way you appreciate and feel your well being will affect your outcome with your audience. Work with your audience with your generosity and enthusiasm. That is how you make a difference!
If you are a speaker in present time, then you can see your audience and really connect. It is about practice more than talent.
© 2007 Sandra Schrift
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Sandra Schrift 13 year speaker bureau owner and now career coach to emerging and veteran public speakers who want to “grow” a profitable speaking business. I also work with business professionals and organizations who want to master their presentations.
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