Public speaking isn’t a mystery
I have spent the last 25 years working with attorneys, CEO’s, Non-Profit leadership, and executives helping to improve their presentation skills, and I know that I have helped all of them improve significantly. But I also think that part of my job is to de-mystify Public Speaking.
Public Speaking is a skill — a teachable skill that anyone can learn. This includes people that have never done it before and those that do it all the time, but never really learned how to do it right or well. Everyone can improve their public speaking, even experienced speakers.
I am usually able to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time, because people have tended to make things more complicated than they need to be. The fact is, there really are some simple, common sense rules that you can learn to maximize your communication skills. When I start with a new group, I’m usually having to focus them on three things: Audience, Message and Image – my AMI Method.
- Find out who your AUDIENCE is;
- Craft a careful, organized MESSAGE;
- Pay attention to your IMAGE and create an interesting, dynamic DELIVERY style that works with your personality.
As you keep reading my regular posts – and I hope you will keep reading – keep the AMI Method in mind. I’ll refer back to it often. And whether you want to improve skills you already have or just work through beginner’s jitters, the guidelines you’ll find here will help you achieve your goals.
Let’s get started.