Hi, this is Ryan from publicspeakingpower.com and this is lesson number two of private public speaking power where I teach you 21 different activities that you can use from the privacy of your own home to build your confidence as a public speaker and to become a better public speaker. So if you want to access to all 21 trainings plus the extra material then head over to publicspeakingpower.com/private and you can get full access there.
So in lesson number one, we talked about the importance of recording your voice and then listening to yourself back over and over again until you become comfortable with your own voice. Now, if you haven’t done that, I really encourage you to go back to lesson number one to give it a listen and to use that because really I think– open with the number one tip that I thought would be the most effective in building your confidence as your public speaker so I really believe that is going to helpful. So if you haven’t listen to number one, go back and listen to number one, but in lesson number two we’re going to talk about writing speeches and there’s a show I love, “The Big Bang Theory” I’m sure a lot of you would have heard it and there’s one episode where Leonard is making fun of Sheldon, that something I can’t even remember what it was and he relates it back to Sheldon learning to swim on the internet. So Sheldon went on the internet, looked out how to swim, learn how to swim and practice on the floor, but never actually got in the water to learn how to swim. So it’s very funny– so I post the video up on to the publicspeakingpower.com/private, in the member’s area there. I posted that video because it’s very funny, but learning how to swim is not something that we can do intellectually. The best way to learn how to swim is to get in the water and [inaudible 00:01:57] and hopefully you got to teach her and try someone who can show you how to do it, but if you’re just to get on the internet and just read the techniques, but to never actually get into the water yourself– when you actually came time to swim and to do it, the chances of you being a great swimmer are slim to none. Most likely you would drown.
The same goes for public speaking. It’s a learn skill. It’s something that we learn over time and get better at the more that we practice and even though we can study the academics of public speaking and we can talk about speech structure. We can talk about how to use inflections in your voice– how to use body language and all those sorts of things. You actually going to be better and more confident public speaker, the more that you practice public speaking. And I don’t believe this has to be in front of a huge audience though that’s good. That’s why I created this course so that we can practice public speaking in the comfort, in the privacy of our own home without having to worry about anyone else.
So lesson number two is right, speeches– okay, this is very simple, that is the tip, that is the activity, it’s not right. Certain types of speeches is write speeches and get in a habit of writing speeches whether they’d be long ones or short ones, really amazing ones or really shorty ones. It doesn’t really matter and it really doesn’t matter so much, what the topic is all about either– just get into the habit of writing speeches. A great way to start, one that I would recommend that we’re going to do with this activity is that we’re going to take a piece of paper and we’re going to write about five to ten activities that we really enjoy– maybe you like fishing, maybe you like playing soccer, maybe you like playing the guitar, maybe you love using Excel documents and you love spreadsheets and numbers and all those sorts of things, whatever it is that you love it doesn’t matter, but I want you to go and get a sheet of paper and write down five to ten different things that you enjoy, okay? And what we’re going to do is we want to pick one of those items on that list and we want to write a public speech, maybe one page, maybe two pages, not too difficult, just a few paragraphs– just [inaudible 00:04:07] that topic. This is what’s going to work. It’s the art of public speaking is practicing it.
Let’s say one thing that I love to do is I love surfing. What is it that I can take an angle on from surfing? I could write a public speech about some of the best wipe outs that I’ve had when surfing. I can talk about my experiences with surfing and how it has shaped my life– like once I went out surfing and it was 10 foot which is 10 to 12 foot which is really big especially for a teenager. So as a teenager at that time, I went out with my dad and we didn’t know at that time, but he actually had four clog arteries– major arteries going into his heart. One was 99%, too and 98% clogged the one was 80% clogged and we went out and he start hyperventilating. We came back in and he actually– we realized later, but that experience almost killed him and he was very lucky to be alive. So that’s just the story I can think off of the top of my head, but it feels right [inaudible 00:05:09]. Okay, how can I take that story or other stories that I’ve had off surfing that I can then apply to life or I can then apply to a speech. And so again you can do this with any different topic, but you want to just take this topic and think, “Okay, what can I write a speech about that would be engaging to a general public audience or that would be engaging to surfers?” People specifically interested in that topic and just start writing. Get an introduction, get a story about it that you can relate to and pull it back in, have some points and a key message that you want to get across and just get in the habit of writing speeches and when you’re driving around or when you’re going through your day today, if you noticed things that you’re interested in or you have an interesting story, think– okay, how can I turn this into a speech? 90% of the speeches that we’re going to write would probably never deliver and no one will ever hear it, but the more that we do it, the better we will become and the more effective we will be as public speakers when it does come to writing and delivering a speech that other people are actually going to hear.
So lesson number two is to get into a habit of writing speeches and I’d love you to take 10-15 minutes today to just go through that activity. Write done five to ten topics that you love or interested in and then go through it and write a couple of paragraphs or page or two as if that was a speech or if you don’t want to write it, just try to do an impromptu speech and think of going, but let’s get that habit.
So this has been lesson number two of private public speaking power. I hope that this has been a great help to you. Again, there’s 21 different activities so if this one doesn’t suit, well then go into lesson number three or back to lesson number one or try any other different lessons because it doesn’t necessarily matter what we do, but it matters that we’re doing something and so I really appreciate you taking the time out with me to go through this and I’m really looking forward to hearing your results. So if you’re having good results just e-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org and I would love, love, love to hear from you. So lesson number three is on soon and we’re going to be talking about telling stories and how we can wave that into our everyday lives, but do it in such a way that we’re not actually giving a public speech. So we’re practicing public speaking, but we’re not actually speaking in public. So I’m excited for lesson number three and again you can grab all 21 lessons by going to bestaudiobooksofalltime.com/private
Sheldon Learns How To Swim – The Big Bang Theory