Your Next BIG Speech
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.
My focus right now is on one Amy Cuddy and her power pose. The first time I saw this talk I discarded her advice for empowering oneself by standing in front of a mirror with your hands on your hips (ala, “Wonder Woman”). However, I began to adopt it slowly into my pre-speech warm-ups. I found myself doing it in hotel bathrooms prior to conference presentations. I unconsciously began to do it in front of class while waiting for students to get seated. I eventually began recommending it to the students in my classes because I would routinely find myself lecturing from in front of class with my hands winged on my hips. The first time I realized I was doing it in class I looked down and smirked. I then explained to the class that I was subtly channeling greater power through my pose. It became a running skit for many of the students during their presentations throughout the term. I’m a firm believer that Ms. Cuddy was right and that you can use your body language to help strengthen your resolve and work toward overcoming your insecurity of public speaking.
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…