“I’d love to be a better public speaker, but the truth is, my job doesn’t really require me to do that.”
This is a sentence I hear A LOT.
Often, it’s the first response I get when I introduce myself as a public speaking coach to a new group of people.
And I totally get it.
Why invest in learning a skillset you’re not regularly getting asked to use?
But here’s the catch 22…
Speaking opportunities aren’t going to present themselves to you until you start presenting yourself as a skilled public speaker.
Let’s untangle that for a moment…
Here’s the pattern that I’ve seen emerge with client after client:
At the end of our first session, I’ll usually get met with a cautiously optimistic smile and something like this:
“I’m really glad I’m working on this, but I don’t think there are going to be a lot of opportunities for me to practice this week. I don’t tend to get called on during meetings.”
Then the surprised emails start rolling in...
Around week 2:
“Guess what?! There was actually an opening to talk about my project at the meeting this week! I gave a 2 min impromptu presentation and folks seemed really engaged! What are the chances?”
A couple weeks later:
“I’m glad we have our session this week, because something just popped up out of the blue. My boss asked me to present on my team’s project this Friday. I don’t usually take the lead on that sort of stuff. So...I guess I’ve got a 20 min presentation to prepare?! 😅”
A couple months later:
“You’ll never believe this. My company got invited to speak at a conference, and my team wants ME to be the speaker. I NEVER thought I’d be picked for something like that!”
My inbox is filled with these messages of disbelief.
They always make my day.
But while I 100% share my clients' excitement about these opportunities, I share 0% of their surprise.
These opportunities aren’t happening “out of the blue.”
These opportunities are presenting themselves because:
There are speaking opportunities all around you.
You’re just not seeing them.
And, others aren’t seeing you for them either.
If you’re ready to step into the spotlight in a bigger way, now is the time.
Why not use this strange period of lock-down to hone a new skill?
Be prepared for the next opportunity BEFORE it presents itself.
As the philosophers say:
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
Which is why I'd like to invite you to schedule a complimentary Public Speaking Strategy Session with me!
During this phone call, we'll get super clear about what your goals are as a public speaker and what's getting in the way of you reaching those goals. Then, we'll come up with a plan to address those stumbling blocks so you can masterfully step into the spotlight!
Can’t wait to dig in!
Sara Glancy is an NYC-based actor and public speaking coach and the founder of Speak Masterfully, a service that helps professionals take the stage with less fear and more fun!
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