The public speaking year ahead

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For all that are interested here are just a few of the things that I plan to get up to public speaking-wise in the next year or so…

Standing-up: I’m going to be watching a lot more stand-up comedy this year and analysing the different styles that comedians use to connect, engage with and entertain their audience. I’ll be doing this at a range of venues (and possibly via DVD in my living room too!) over the coming months. Keep an eye on this blog for some entries on my findings. Before the end of the year I’m also going to try my hand at a ten minute stand-up routine too, which will also be subject to some bloggery!

Taking responsibility and inspiring others: Over the next few months I will also be looking to help promote public speaking in Southampton by taking over the presidency of my local Toastmaster’s club, Hamwic Speakers. I’ll be leading the group forward, helping others to develop their speaking skills and hopefully learning a lot more myself too. I’ve found myself getting very comfortable with speaking at the club and so this is the next step for me to continue pushing myself outside of my comfort zone.

Working with the Prince: I’ll also look to continue helping out young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with their public speaking via the Prince’s Trust. Check out this Prince’s Trust blog post for some of my thoughts on being involved with this brilliant scheme and the inspiring young people that I have met.

Writing more, and possibly a book: I’ve always wanted to write a book; something that others take, use and find useful too. This year I hope will be the year in which I finally fulfill this ambition and so I’m looking at plans for several different types of public speaking guides and deciding on which one (or one’s) to progress with. Expect something innovative, and possibly electronic too!

Controlling rowdy hockey players: April will see me invited to MC at the Southampton Hockey Club annual dinner again. Last year was great fun and a challenge too, controlling hundreds of drunken hockey monkeys! I’m looking forward to the task of improving on my performance this year and keeping everyone suitably entertained, amused and at bay!

Of course I’ll keep the world updated on all developments as we go!

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Rich Watts is the UK Business Speaker of the Year and a past JCI National Public Speaking champion. He setup and now runs Rich Public Speaking providing presentation skills and public speaking training.

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