3 Speaker Questions
Public speaking often begins with a gift or natural talent but excels when you take time to develop, craft and own the gift. The question I'm often asking myself is, "How much time am I prepared to put into developing my speaking?" I've learnt (often the hard way) that as with everything else in life, you get out of it what you put in. With this in mind, I've been asking myself 3 really specific questions recently that have helped my public speaking improve and hit the spot more often than not.
Here's 3 questions every speaker could ask before every keynote;
1. Can it be received personally?
The simplest of mistakes we can make as a public speaker is to just deliver a message, forgetting we have an audience! It sounds absurd really, but we've all done it. In every aspect of the keynote, ask yourself if this is really going to touch the heart of someone personally. Can they make any sense about what you're talking about? The real genius of public speaking is to make the complex simple, not the other way around. Does it touch a heart? Is it relevant? Can you break down your message so it be received on a personal level?
2. Can it be repeated easily?
The most powerful messages are those that remain on the lips of the hearers long after the keynote ends - they become evangelists, influencers and transformational carriers of the message. Is your message repeated easily or is it so complex that it gets filed away under the "I'll work this out later" folder. Craft your keynote in a way that it can be carried by others, shared and repeated over and over again.
3. Can it be applied purposefully?
Ultimately, we want our message to touch the lives of those listening and transfer from information to application. Can your audience actually do anything with what you're saying? If not, your message will be remembered as information only and never reach it's destination of transformation. Every time you craft your keynote consider how the listener can take what you're saying and use it the very next day.