The Secret to Improving Your Public Speaking Skills
I need to let you in on the one secret that all you aspiring motivational entrepreneurs need to hear to improve your public speaking skills. If you are looking for a secret to really invest in your speaking future and do it where it doesn’t cost you somewhere between $15,000 to $80,000 a year, I’m going to tell it to you.
I was doing some pretty heavy internet stalking of a previous guest of mine, Lana Dingwald, who is based out of Ottawa. I noticed her speaking was amazing. There were very few “ah’s,” “so’s,” and “you know’s.” She added a lot of thematic pauses. The way she spoke enticed you and made you interested in the message that she shared.
I wanted that as a speaker. I wanted to know what coach she was working with or if she invested in TedTalk training. What happened – I wanted to know – where she was able to deliver these beautifully enticing speeches to her audience, on social media, on Youtube, and all that jazz.
Her Secret? Toastmasters.
Guess what! It’s been around for a long time. I say this and laugh because Toastmasters, at least among the people I hang out with, is viewed upon as an older-type learning environment. When I say older, I mean the type of thing senior citizens and people who are retired join and do to fill their days with activities.
Toastmasters is economical to join. I live in Canada and it’s less than $200 (keep in mind this is Canadian dollars. It would be roughly $170 a year at the time of this blog post). That’s a 12-month membership for less than $20 a month. Here you learn to develop speeches, learn confidence while speaking in front of people, and learn the structure of a speech. For me, it was a no-brainer. I signed up instantly.
The best thing is the environment is so friendly. They are very welcoming and everyone is there for a common goal. They all want to achieve public speaking skills just like you do. Sure, maybe the end result is a little different. Maybe you’re showing up on Facebook Live, Youtube, or TikTok and telling those beautiful people out there all the things that you want to tell them. You public speaking learned through Toastmasters for your business instead of learning how to effectively lead project management in your corporate career or learn to present in front of CEO’s. The goal is still there.
For the cost of it, it’s a no-brainer for me, and you’re also able to network. I’ve met some very interesting people from different countries and continents. A lot have been immigrants to Canada which I love because we get to hear how Toastmasters is run where they are from. They can also use Toastmasters as a way to develop their English speaking skills. It’s a win-win-win. I can’t recommend it enough. Hopefully you guys can see I’ve eliminated the “you know’s” and “so’s” or that I’ve tried my best to. I’ve progressed through this course or community or whatever you want to call it, you can see that through my podcast.
I really encourage you all to look into different types of training. It doesn’t need to be all online or super freaking expensive. I know we are in the mindframe where “if it’s expensive I’m going to get amazing results and get where I want to go in a shorter period of time.” That’s not always the case. That’s what they want you to think, but it’s not always the case.