Why? is the obvious, sane, rationsal question most of you with human blood coursing through your veins are liable to ask. Good question, really. Public speaking can be a daunting task, and alot of it feels ...unnerving. You feel alienated. You have to battle with whatever -
I just got distracted right now. That can happen, too , when you're in front of the greoup. I might've made some ...and it happened again. I've been interrupted several times by my co-workers. It's tough. There are a lot of distractions.
I forge ahead. You, too, should do the same when speaking in front of the group. Your mike may stop working. A raucous naysayer from the audience may choose to interrupt. No one can ever really be sure when the next round of ninja hiccups is set to strike. Do not let these things deter you.
It's difficult to do this. There are a lot - and I mean a lot - of things to onsider. Really, speeches can be boiled down to two components:
1) What is the objective of my speech? That is, what is the crux of the point I'm trying to make, and how will I relay that message? Is it something insprational? Informational? Persausive? Some combination of these?
2) What about the technical components? There's volume, enunciation, gramm(a|e)r, stutters, starts/stops, "cructch words", and the like.
Issue 1 isn't really an issue for a lot of people that need to speak publicly. You have something to say. How many times have you read an article, a blog,e tc., and thought, "This ]pejorative\] doesn't know what he's talking about. I could do way better than that," or some such. Hell, how many times have you done that today? (Not including this post.)
You have opinions. You feel comfortable communicating them to your colleagues as a singularity. So what's the problem communicating them to the world? That message is there. And you have the power to communicate it.
I sense the technical aspect hangs up a fair number of would-be public speakers. "Everyone who talks publicly,
Excuse me. Let me start again. I found myself interrupted once more, and I lost my train of thought. I think people fear they won't do well because it's so very easy to get intimidated by speech technics. (Interruptions count.) I don't think this is as big a deal as people make it out to be.
If you come to Toastmasters, your technical aspects to your sepeches will be better than this post. Guaranteed. Even if you have to start and stop midway throhugh. We've all been there before.
What matters isn't whether or not you've spoken in the Queen's English; not whether your diction was supreme; a fluidly-enunciated speech doth not a publoic speech make. At the end of the day, this is icing on top of the cake. What you should ask yourself is: Did I make my point, the way I wanted to? Satisfy that reequirement first, then worry about the finer points.
I'm not trying to say that technical aspects of speech-givingt aren't important. They are. But they don't need to be the crux of what you're speaking aboutA good message will always trump any temporary flubs , though, and that's the important part. Woudl you rather have a speech where the audience walked away saying, "What a great speech, even with the ninja hiccups," or "That was perfectly-enunciated drivel". One of those is feedback I can feel good about. The other one doesn't make me feel good about why I gave the speech in the first place.
WHen you come to a Toastmasters meeting, there will be peers who will be able to help you with both of these aspects - both staying on-message, and making sure the technical aspects of your speech work. As an added bonus, we're all keenly aware of making those same kinds of errors ourselves, so the feedback is a helpful process.
Don't get hung up on the hangups. A great speech does not lie in the fewest number of grammatical inconsistencies made. It hangs, first and foremost, on the quality of its content. Can you still get my point while I'm bolgging blindly? Then you are fully qualified to stand up and communicate a point to your peers.
So, stop by Toastmasters. Share your content with us. We'll help you tighten up the important points of your message.
And I can personally guarantee you it'll be less sloppy tha n this is.