It’s probably not too surprising that I’m a huge fan of TEDtalks. For me, TEDtalks are the pinnacle of the presentation community. I’ve spent hours upon hours watching people speak on subjects like the “Danger of a Single Story” (Chimamanda Adichie), the “Power of Introverts” (Susan Cain), “Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders” (Sheryl Sandberg), and “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are” (Amy Cuddy). I’ve used talks from this speaker’s series to learn about diversity, parenting, building confidence, and dealing with depression. TED even has a “Before public speaking…” playlist to help inspire you for your next talk. There are many wonderful and wise individuals who can help show you ways to overcome your fears and inspire you to do many great things. Plus, they can be funny and charming.
The next audience I’d like to help you with is the policymakers. Or is it parents? It’s the people who are marginally informed about your material. They have some interest in what you are doing, but they are mostly curious about how it could help them do what they need to do. This could be something like setting drinking water standards if they are a regulator, or setting an age appropriate bedtime if they are a parent. Policymakers come to you because you are an “expert” and can provide the details they need to make good decisions.
Yes…they are looking at you, but they are supposed to. They are not staring at you. There is a huge distinction between those two concepts. You need to appreciate that you have a captive audience and that they have come to hear you speak. They genuinely want to learn from you and see what you have to say. That is being supportive, not judgmental. Realizing and appreciating that you are supported is a fantastic emotion when dealing with a fear of something.
Parenting & Public Speaking. Together
The behaviors, experiences, and techniques parents use everyday can improve YOUR NEXT BIG SPEECH. Whether it be using silly voices or just playing with the kids, these actions improve self-confidence, stage presence, and audience engagement. And that’s just the beginning…