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Keep Doing What You Love…

Posted March 17th, 2010 by Martin Presse with No Comments

Somebody asked me today when it was that I finally became comfortable speaking in front of an audience. I think what they were really asking was, “When did you stop wanting to throw up and look forward to being on stage?”

Good question. To begin, every speaker still gets nervous. Some events make you more nervous than others. Some audiences frighten you more than others and some days you just don’t feel right about your speech. Thankfully the more you speak the fewer days you’ll have like the ones I mentioned above. Why is that? Speaking is a muscle, the more use it the better and stronger it becomes. The more you speak the more comfortable you’ll become being in front of different types of audiences, whether they be college students, businessmen or engineers…eventually you’ll be so confident that you’ll actually look forward to delivering your message. You’ll still be a little nervous but it’s a good nervous.

In 2008, I was fortunate enough to reach the finals in Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking. What a thrill it should have been… unfortunately it wasn’t. I gave a very lackluster speech, disappointed myself and many of the people who had driven many miles to come see me compete. It took me months to get over that dismal performance. It was probably the single greatest thing to have happened to me… What??? How is that possible, you ask… how can a dismal performance be the greatest thing to have happened? Simple… I failed when the moment counted most and I still had supper with friends that night, I got up and met other friends for breakfast, drove home and went back to work… the world continued. I went to New York and gave a speech a few months later… again, another bad speech… and the world moved on. I learned that the world doesn’t revolve around whether or not I have a good or bad day. I learned what’s most important is to keep doing what I love and to keep learning…

In 2009, I rededicated myself to becoming a student of speaking and it’s paid off tremendously. So, my advice to you is to keep speaking. When you have a bad day, know that it was necessary, learn the lesson and move on.

Keep speaking… somebody needs to hear your message!

Martin

Posted in: Motivational Tips Public Speaking Skills Toastmasters
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Written by: Martin Presse

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