How to become better as a speaker

I have not written about this before, but one things I do before a speech is to listen to a guided meditation on Spotify.

I find it a very effective way of becoming present, getting rid of distracting thoughts and pushing out the ego.

By escaping from the conference room into a quiet place, a park – or even a restroom – I find location where I can be by myself. Then I put on my earphones and focus on the message in the guided meditation.

Earlier this week in Macau I listened to a guided mediation on gratitude while walking around an empty shoppingmall next to the convention center. It put me in the right mood before having the pleasure of going up on stage to speak to 100+ event organisers from all across Asia.

I find that it does not really matter what theme the meditation is on. Just search for “Guided meditation” and find one that suits you. But do not pick “Guided meditation for sleep” ;-D

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Last week I spoke for all the High Potential leaders in DBS bank. Twice. The conference was held twice with 200+ participants each time. That meant that I was asked to deliver the same speech two both groups.

But I did not do that.

Instead I changed perhaps 40% of the slides, and more importantly I totally changed the mood of the speech.

Not because the client was not happy with the first speech (they were), but because any time you deliver a speech you learn so much about the audience, what they like, trigger on etc.

Now most of the time we get all those insights about a group but we get it “too late”. But in the rare instances that you get to speak twice for the same group (but different people) you actually get a chance to the equivalent of a “time machine” where you can go “back” and change the things you now realise that you should have said, based on how the group reacted.

If you do not take that chance, you are missing a very powerful opportunity. I did, and thus speech 2 was even better than speech 1.

That is the tip of this week from ProfessionalSpeaking.com by Fredrik Haren.

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