Whether your desire is to speak to hundreds or millions, there’s always room for improvement. No matter how great your message may be, you still have to engage the audience and present yourself in a way that is pleasing to them. Today’s tidbit involves verbal clutter — or silence. Neither is very pleasing for your audience.
What do I mean by verbal clutter? Words or utterances like Hmm, Ah, Uh, Ok etc. or even nervous laughter. You get the idea. At the opposite end of the spectrum is the uncomfortable silence. You know how that goes, you lose your train of thought and so you just stop talking………………………………………………………….for a while.
What is the cure? Practice! I know. Not much fun, but so important if you want to progress. Remember the old adage “No Pain, No Gain”! The world if full of people that think success will just drop out of the sky and fall into their laps without any work. It just isn’t true. If you want to be paid for your speaking engagements, you must appear professional. So, practice. And then practice some more. You can start by videotaping yourself. If you don’t have a camera on your computer, you can buy one for less than $20. Record yourself and then be brutally honest about how you sound. Are you engaging in verbal clutter or uncomfortable silences? Then, go public. Grab a friend or two and practice in front of them too. What do they think?
Clear out the junk, polish it up and speak like a pro. Your audience with thank you.