Speak Out

I used to be afraid to get up in front of others and speak. I always thought I was under-qualified, hard to understand, and not very interesting. What I found out was I needed a better perspective plus less stress and anxiety in my life. This is what I learned.

One of the biggest inhibitors to good communication is stress and anxiety. These two demons rob us of clear thinking and good communication abilities.  If you talk to a group of people, you need to know that they are there to listen to you.  Unless you are putting them in restraints, they want to be there. If you have restrained them, I would suggest not doing that.

Anxiety often comes from a feeling of being unprepared or the feeling of not having expertise.  If you are lecturing to Nobel Laureates in their knowledge field, do not worry. Turn the lecture into a shared event and ask their thoughts during the speech. If you are talking to people you are trying to influence or train, teach them what you know and do not embellish.

If someone wants to share, remember a win-win is better than a win-lose any day.  You also need to prep both mind and body.  Take care of yourself.  Remember to breathe.  And do not imagine everyone in their underwear. It is distracting.

If you would like to know more, there is a great class coming up on March third on Meetup.  I will give you more details in the days to come.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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