Getting Over Yourself

July 7, 2011

Don’t copy other speakers

Filed under: Observations — Barbara Rocha @ 10:25 am
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Watch other speakers. Learn from them. But don’t imitate. It’s better to be yourself with some lumps and bumps than to try to copy someone else.

There’s lots to learn if you can look at others objectively. Do you feel connected to the speaker or not? Either way, figure out what’s making you feel that way. Does it feel as though they’re talking  right to you or entertaining themselves? Or do they seem mostly occupied with trying to get it right thereby focusing on themselves?

Does their movement mesh with the message–feet, arms, body? Natural, effortless, appropriate–or not.

Do they speak conversationally or sound scripted? Do they use examples that you can relate to or do they just give you the facts and make you connect all the dots?

Usually, speakers who are more interested in making sure you get the message than in how they come across, voice, movement, examples, will be pretty good and you’ll feel connected.

So, analyze. Don’t copy. Connection is king.


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