Seeking public speaking perfection

Believe it or not, David Beckham wasn’t born with a golden right foot.

Tiger Woods didn’t drive a golf ball 300 yards at the age of four.

Serena Williams couldn’t land her first ever over arm serve anywhere within the court.

They all succeeded by working on one thing at a time, until they got the perfect kick, swing or serve.

And yet, when we first start speaking in public, giving that first big keynote, presentation or pitch, right from day one we expect ourselves to be as perfect as the speakers we see on TV; the trained professionals, experts and world leaders.

Our first attempt is often us trying to deliver a speech that is perfect in every way, and we fail on all of them.

If there’s anything that we as speakers can learn from the sporting gods of our time, it’s that a little focus goes a long way.

Don’t try to be the perfect speaker from the start. We must focus on just three things to improve with each speech that we do.

The result? Continuous, effective improvement, until you’re the David Beckham of public speaking (Three things at a time!)

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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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