Manner of Speaking

When is your next public speaking engagement?


It doesn’t have to be a TED Talk or a formal presentation at a conference. It could be a five-minute status report on your project at the next team meeting; it could be saying a few words about a colleague at a farewell lunch; it could be Skype call to your sales reps.

It all adds up.

In the 1990s, Nike came out with a number of commercials about cross-training; i.e., doing different types of sports and exercise activities as a way of getting in shape. The message? Every kind of exercise helps. Since then, cross-training has garnered a huge following as people do all kinds of exercises to stay strong and fit.

The same principle applies to public speaking. Every opportunity you have to speak is another opportunity to improve. Even if it is only a two-minute speech to say farewell to a colleague in a restaurant full of people, it’s two more minutes of public speaking experience than you had when you woke up that morning

Leonardo da Vinci said, “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

So, when is your next public speaking engagement?