Thursday, September 2, 2010

Speaking Lessons from a Three-Year Old

My 3 year old daughter hates to walk.

She claims her "muscles are tired" and asks to be carried at any opportunity...that is unless she really has somewhere she wants to be.

If, for example, we are walking to the ice cream store, suddenly her muscles work perfectly and she can go long distances without a mere whine or complaint. A miracle!

The same is true for speakers.

If you know precisely where you want to go in your presentation, your delivery skills will automatically improve.

So many problems in delivery occur because the speaker is not yet 100 percent clear on content.

From the Green Room: Before you work on delivery skills such as volume, articulation, etc., take time to make certain you know exactly what you want to say. You will find that the clearer you are on your content, the better your delivery.


Anonymous said...

Even beyond offering specific presesentation skills, your blog exemplifies how ordinary life experiences can be mined for insights & strategies. Great post!

Sarah Gershman said...

Thank you!

TJ said...

And 3 year olds can speak with passion and great energy in their voices; something many adults have lost!

Sarah Gershman said...

So true. Thank you for stopping by, TJ.