I put a lot of emphasis in all of my training, workshops, courses, books on being able to speak effectively. I have even made some videos about it --> (my most watched one is the Video on how good communication skills can be a competitive advantage).
You do not need to be a Ted-level speaker – you just need to be able to present and speak about things in your realm of expertise. For instance, I could never speak about medical care or neuroscience but ask me about business, careers, college readiness and more and I can go on and on for hours – or whatever timeline is needed for the event. But I can speak about what I know and am passionate about – college, career readiness and entrepreneurship (among other topics such as marketing, finance, economics, global business, advertising, etc etc) --> Learn more on about it via my online course expertise, College and Career Readiness Training, Entrepreneurship Course pages.
I am lucky to do what I love and what I love to do is share my lessons. I was at a local area high school yesterday and as I read through the feedback last night, I was humbled and thankful that I have this opportunity to help students be college and career ready! I will be sharing about that soon and in fact my interns who attended the training will be providing a guest blog post for me sometime soon – so look for that.
Anyway, when I asked the students at the end of our 6 or so hours together, “Do you think I was nervous?” They all said, “No” and I explained to them well yes, I was nervous and I barely slept the night before the event just thinking about all of the ways I wanted to share my information and worrying about all of the mistakes I could make. I expressed to them that no matter who you are or how long you have been speaking or whether you are speaking in front of 10 people, 1000 people or just an interviewer, you will always be nervous but the key is to turn your nervousness into excitement, into inflection and into your speech.
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