Public Speaking: 8 Mindset Tips for Delivering a Stellar Speech or Presentation (Part 1)
Before I outline 4 of the 8 mindset tips for giving a stellar speech, you need to know that communication confidence didn’t come easy for me. In fact, there was a time when I was so fearful of being around people, that I consciously avoided it. After I realized that my fear was holding me back in a huge way, I sought out professional mentors who taught me techniques to change my mindset.
Those mindset techniques were life-changing for me. They afforded me the ability to pursue my life’s passions. I’ve successfully learned how to scuba dive, ride my off-road motorcycle in the sand moguls of the Mohave desert, through the woods in mud and rocks in Central Wisconsin where I live, climb the Peton Mountains of Saint Lucia, ballet dance, and wake-board on the Fox River in Green Bay, WI, and in the ocean off of Saint Lucia. I learned ad did it all in my adult life. Those same mindset tools are what empowered me to create Master Your Accent. I need to share them with you so too, you can pursue your dreams and move into your potential.
In addition to the verbal and nonverbal communication skills to give a stellar speech, mindset is a critical component. Follow these 8 mindset tips to get out of your own way so you can capture and engage your audience every time.
- Get to know your conditioned self. Be be aware that your conditioned self will sometimes try everything in the book to stop you from changing, trying something new, or taking risks even when it’s in your best interest.
- Challenge your fears. Do what’s scary anyway. If you’re fearful of public speaking, challenge that fear by facing it.
- Risk making mistakes. You don’t’ grow without making some mistakes. Successful famous influential people (including public speakers) have made numerous mistakes. The biggest mistake you can make is to hold back from public speaking for fear of making mistakes. You can make your speech or presentation successful by investing into the planning necessary to make it the success it, you, and your audience deserve.
- Be willing to invest the time and energy into your new skills. Realize that the journey itself is meaningful and that you will be more fulfilled and empowered just for trying.
Although voice inflection, nonverbal communication, content, and organization are important in making a good speech great, the mindset that you have along the way is critical to getting out of your own way. A healthy mindset allows you to tap into your full potential. By being mindful of your own tendencies to minimize short-term discomfort, you’ll enjoy the following benefits of public speaking success: long-term satisfaction, new learning, experience, and reaching the people who are meant to hear your message. Ultimately, you’ll get out of your and importantly, your audience’s way.
To your communication excellence,