Superhero or Public Speaker?
Imagine the spotlight hitting your face, illuminating your body and a rapturous applause thunders from the audience. Is that your dream, the place you want to be? Unless you are President Obama, David Beckham, Oprah or maybe climbed Everest, won one or more gold Olympic medals, or have a renown family name like Windsor or Kardashian, then the likelihood is; you will have to work hard at it; not that I am saying that all the above named do not work every day at their professional, public persona, because they do.
A one time hit of fame, does not keep you in the public eye, that comes with consistency, determination and dedication. You also have to be prepared for the knocks and bad press! Let’s face it none of the above have had a rose petal path, or all rave reviews, but they did not run and hide, they shrugged it off and kept going. We all have our doubts and fears, the popularity of the ever growing demand for reality shows, which portray the rich and famous, as mere humans is testimony to this.
One of the superheroes maybe a better role model for a speaking career, mostly from obscure backgrounds and rising up against all odds, then helping society face their fear, at perilous cost to themselves. Is that not what we do every time we are in front of any audience? Do battle and defeat the fear of rejection, not just by one person, but many times over, we brave the elements of technical gliches and management organization, almost on a daily basis. So why are there so many people that want to run the gauntlet of public speaking?
Gone are the days of doing it for personal glory, star status or even to be able to travel. Most public speakers and open, generous souls that want to share their experiences and knowledge with others to help them find traits or elements in themselves that they believe are missing. Public speaking is a skill, but it is not a mystery, it is open to anyone of any gender, age, colour or creed who wants to tell their story in a purposeful, proactive way to benefit others.
As humans we are enthralled by stories, Hollywood has proved that, no matter how many times the same story line is told by a different director people pay to see it over and over again. The same goes for speakers, your message is unique to you, prepare it and deliver it in your style, if it means something to you, it will mean something to others. Of course, preparing and developing yourself and your message will become your discipline, work at it on a daily basis, tell it at every opportunity and that stop light, that audience and that applause are not just a dream, they will be your reality.