Wednesday, September 2, 2009

week 1: Stephanie's speaking priorities

We'll be focusing on Stephanie Benoit's top three priorities during our 15-week Step Up Your Speaking online coaching sessions, and in week 1, I've asked Stephanie to share with me (and you) her three areas of focus and what she wants to accomplish, via the video above. Her three areas are:

  1. Building up her confidence as a speaker: You may think Stephanie looks confident in her video above--I do--but confidence is all about how you feel inside.
  2. Eye contact and connecting with the audience: Stephanie's observed how great speakers are in tune with their audiences and able to make them feel their words are targeted right to individuals in the audience. She also sees eye contact as a key to accomplishing that connection and wants to improve that skill.
  3. Better planning: "Sometimes, I plan to plan, which can be more busy than productive," Stephanie says. She recognizes some planning is good and wants to be ready with a message she can use -- but doesn't want to be rethinking it over and over.

Now it's my turn. Time to work on a video for Stephanie to help her think about these priorities and how we can approach them over the next 15 weeks. I'll post that this week, so we'll both be ready for week 2! In the meantime, please share your constructive thoughts and encouragement for Stephanie in the comments on on The Eloquent Woman on Facebook. I'm also sharing some reading for Stephanie (and you) on the topics she outlined, to get her started.

Related posts to read this week: Do you overprepare for speeches?

A jitters quiz for public speakers from Dr. Joyce Brothers

When the speaker needs to catch her breath: Breathing to help with stress

Inspiration from a famous fearful speaker: Lady Bird Johnson


Dr. Jim Anderson said...

"Great speakers are able to pierce your soul.."

Wow - Stephanie sure has a way with words. Writing great speeches sure won't be a problem...!

- Dr. Jim Anderson
The Accidental Communicator Blog
"Learn How To intimately connect with your audience in order to make an lasting impact in their lives."

Stephanie Benoit said...

Thanks Dr. Anderson! I will be sure to check out your blog.