What makes an outstanding speaker so good? Is it their natural gift or is it something else?
I remember sitting in this large auditorium filled with thousands of people and I was hanging on every word of the speaker. It seemed as though the words were just effortlessly dripping out of his mouth. He had a way about him that drew people in.
He looked so comfortable in his skin up on stage. It felt so natural. When he said “Hi, my name John, and I am your friend” I truly believed it. I felt like he was speaking to me, he was really connecting with me. I watched him as he masterfully delivered a 45-minute presentation that made the audience laugh, cry, and provoked deep thoughts. I thought to myself, wow he is in naturally gifted speaker.
And almost immediately the thought that followed was, “I could never do what he does. I could never be that good because I am not that talented of a speaker.”
That event that I experienced happened about six years ago. It was the very first time I had the opportunity to watch John Maxwell speak on a live stage.
It was also the first time I learned why he was such a great communicator. After he finished talking on stage a communication expert came up and basically dissected John Maxwell‘s speech to show us, the listeners, the audience, how much intentionality, preparation, and rehearsal went into John’s speech. That every story and every anecdote he used was placed where it was placed very much on purpose.
That day I also learned that amazing speakers become phenomenal because they spend a tremendous amount of time on mastering their speaking and presentation skills. I also learned, that everyone who truly wants to be, can become a captivating communicator.
Delivering a powerful speech or story is just like any other performance. The more you rehearse it, the better the performance becomes.
I’ve seen people make this mistake so many times and even veteran speakers and experts sabotage themselves by not taking this process seriously.
If you are listening to a speaker and it seems like they are just “winging it”, I can tell you with almost 100% certainty that this is not the case. The more effortless a speech sounds, the more preparation, and rehearsal went into it beforehand. Maybe it’s because they’ve given that talk or shared their story so many times that along the way they’ve mastered it.
So, as you can see rehearsing your speech in advance is so crucial. It helps you know better what to say and how to say it and because of that feel and look more confident. It also helps you refine your ideas and improve your content. And finally, it helps you see if your presentation fits into your allotted time. And this goes both for a physical stage or a virtual stage or any platform that you could potentially be speaking on.
So, let’s recap real quick. What makes a captivating communicator outstanding? It’s NOT their natural talent.
It’s preparation and rehearsal.
Now, I would love to hear from you. In your opinion, what else besides rehearsal makes a speaker unforgettable? Leave your comment below this post.
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