The #1 skill you need to be a public speaking PRO

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Today I’m gonna share something that gets so often overlooked that it drives me crazy.

 

Why? Because it is SO important. Essential, even.

 

Conventional public speaking training focuses on what to do once you hop on stage -- what to say and not say, how to stand, what to wear, etc. You get the point. But, so much happens before that moment. Before we even start working on our presentation, talk, or video.

 

But no one talks about that.

 

There’s ONE SKILL that’s a game-changer when it comes to prepping for your public speaking.

 

Since most of our focus goes towards what to say and how, this skill is something that we often forget about.

 

So, what is it?

 

EMPATHIC LISTENING.

 

Empathic listening's the ability to get into your audience's head. You do so before you start crafting your presentation. I do this all the time: I literally imagine myself getting inside my audience's brain and looking at me from their perspective.

 

Here are some questions that can help you as you go through this process:

 

What’s my audience thinking?

 

What do they already know? And what is it that they don’t know?

 

What would they want to hear about?

 

Why would they want to hear about what I have to say?

 

What are their problems?

 

What are their desires?

 

How will they think differently by the end of your talk?

 

What will they be able to do differently by the end of your talk?

 

If you’re a business owner, you might have noticed that these questions are similar to the ones you should ask yourself when you think about serving your clients best. 

 

As for speaking, ask yourself these questions as soon as you start thinking about putting together your presentation. And remember this mantra: think about the audience first.

 

You want to make their time worthwhile.

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And now, I'd love to hear from you: Are you going to start thinking about your audience?

Let me know in the comments below.

Your sister in speaking up,

Claudia

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