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Public Speaking for Shy Creatives: Feel Confident & Relaxed

teacher avatar Angela Lussier, Speaker, Author, CEO

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10 Lessons (41m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. What is Public Speaking?

    • 3. Create the Right Mindset

    • 4. Don't Overstuff Your Burrito

    • 5. The Three Key Questions

    • 6. The Three Circle Method

    • 7. Feel the Love

    • 8. Bonus: Add Your Own

    • 9. Bonus: Don't Skip This Step

    • 10. Closing Thoughts

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In this class on public speaking for shy creatives, I’ll cover four strategies to help you feel and look more confident, relaxed, and prepared on camera, on screen, and on stage. If you’re interested in building a creative business, freelancing, becoming a speaker, publishing a book, being interviewed on podcasts, or showing up more on social media, you will love this class. You’ll complete a class project that will teach you how to build your own pre-speech ritual so you are in the best mindset and have the most engaging content to present.

Key takeaways include:

  • How to go from dreading public speaking to creating a mindset of connection and service
  • The three key questions you need to ask yourself to build an engaging, powerful presentation every time
  • How to show up with magnetic energy so your audience is excited to hear from you
  • How to use your notes effectively
  • Practice tips to help you set yourself up for success every time

My name is Angela Lussier and I am a professional speaker, seven-time author, two-time TEDx presenter, host of the podcast Claim the Stage, and CEO and founder of the Speaker Sisterhood, a network of public speaking clubs for women. I'm also a former shy person! I love teaching others how to manage the fear of speaking, how to connect with the people they most want to help, and how to enjoy doing it. I hope you love my class!

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Angela Lussier

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Hi! I'm Angela. I love staring at a cherry tree in full bloom just as much as I love an early morning walk in comfy sweatpants. I'm a creator, learner, home chef, frequent mover of furniture, mom, and huge fan of popcorn and 90s comedies. 

I'm also an award-winning speaker, seven-time author, two-time TEDx presenter, host of the podcast Claim the Stage, and CEO and founder of the Speaker Sisterhood, a network of public speaking clubs for women. I'm also a former shy person! I love teaching others how to manage the fear of speaking, how to connect with the people they most want to help, and how to enjoy doing it. I hope you love my classes!

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1. Introduction: You may have found yourself watching a YouTube video and thinking, how did this person do this? There's so charismatic, they're so engaging. Or you may be listening to a podcast interview and thinking the guest tells the best stories there. So fascinating or sitting in an audience at a conference and watching someone on stage thinking, this person has amazing stage presence. I am glued to them. I can't stop watching every move they make. And then sitting back and going, how, how do these people do it? And the answer is, there's a simple foundational technique for all of these people know. And that they're using in order to connect with people in a deep way. And this class is going to teach those foundations to you so you can use them every time you get out in front of an audience, every time you're interviewed, every time you make a video, every time you show up anywhere so that you can connect and create a connection with the people who you want to hear you and see you. Once you know these foundations, all of it becomes so much easier, so much more relaxing, and so much more fun. So if you're someone who's been hiding and feeling reluctant and unsure about how you're going to connect and show yourself. This course is exactly what you need. Oh, hey, I'm Angela. Quick question for you. Are you a shy creative who strategically chose a career that would allow you to sit behind a computer and create awesome things without having to interact with humans very much. And are you now realizing that you want to make a bigger impact with your art or your writing or your awesome creations. And you're realizing, man, order to do that, you have to put yourself out there. I'm Angela loose there and I have a secret. I'm a former shy person from being a 100 percent truthful. I'm still shy at times, but I've also learned how to speak. When I started my career in marketing, I was the quiet one working in the back, never speaking up and doing whatever I could not to be noticed. I never raised my hand to speak in a meeting. I never attended networking events. And the only way I communicate with my co-workers was through e-mail. Avoiding human interactions was working well until I realized there was nowhere to go and my career, if I wasn't willing to speak, I enrolled in public speaking training and guess what? It changed my life forever. I would definitely not be making this video right now or doing any of the other things I've done with my life if I did not take that one step to learn how to be better at public speaking. Today, I'm an award winning professional speaker, a to time Ted X presenter, a public speaking trainer, a podcast host, Seven time author and CEO and founder of the speaker sisterhood, a network of public speaking clubs for women. I hope this course changes your mind about what public speaking is and all of the possibilities that can come from being open to being seen and being heard. Because when you're no longer afraid of being in the spotlight, so many opportunities open up for you and they can become the pathway to building a new life, building a new career, building new connections, building anything really. So, I hope you will enjoy this course, takes so much from it and go on your way to saying doing, being whatever you want. Because when you peak, the possibilities are endless. Let's get started. How did you just get them out? I guess this one is for you. Let's open it together at the end. 2. What is Public Speaking?: Before we go too far, I want to take a moment to tell you how I'm defining public speaking. Because public speaking doesn't always mean standing on a huge stage, addressing a grand audience, and making a huge point. It can mean so many different things. So let's make sure we know what public speaking really is before we get started. All of the following apply impromptu speaking in a meeting, hosting, or being interviewed on a podcast or a radio show, recording a YouTube or social media video, giving a planned speech at an event online or on stage, a job interview, networking and an event speaking to a friend, co-worker or a family member, teaching a class like this one? The short answer is all communication is public speaking. You got it. That means every time you speak in front of at least one other person, you're doing public speaking. And the tips I'm going to give you in this class will be helpful for all of it. So just know that what we're talking about here today is applicable across the board. The project you'll complete in this class is called creating your own secret map. I create a template for you which is in the resources section on this website. Or you can build your own, which is what I recommend, make your own. It's always so much more fun. And don't forget once you've finished your secret map, upload it to the students section, and you'll get feedback from me and tear leading from other students in this class. Now the next video I'm going to teach you how to reframe public speaking so you can go from reading it, worrying about it, questioning yourself to actually looking forward to it. I don't think it's possible. Check it out. 3. Create the Right Mindset: Imagine this. You just said yes to giving a presentation at the next staff meeting. And then the fear and anxiety set in because now you have to write that speech. Does this look familiar? But I needed a clean socks. These all need to be donated today. Do you procrastinate when you have to do some things scary. As Jerry Seinfeld famously said, public speaking is a bigger fear than death. That means to the average person, you'd rather be the one in the casket than doing the eulogy. It makes sense that you'd be procrastinating rather than sitting down and just write in your speech. I mean, the things going through your mind at this point are probably along these lines. I'm not an expert. Why did I say yes to this? I don't know enough about this. I'm not even a speaker. I don't know where to start. If you've had these thoughts, you already know how painful the process of putting together a speech, anticipating giving that speech, and that actually delivering that speech can be. So what I'm gonna do is offer you a new way of thinking about public speaking to make this whole process a lot less painful. First, I have a question for you. Have you ever done any community service or volunteering of any type? If it even if it wasn't recent, maybe when you were 14 years old, you've cleaned up a park or maybe you volunteered at an animal shelter or maybe just last year you volunteered for a fundraiser at your kid's school. Whatever kind of work you've done for free that somehow benefited the community. Think about that. Now. I want you to think about why. Why did you do that? How did that experience make you feel? Now I've asked this question to many audiences over the years and the answers I get back are along the lines of, well, I did it because it was fulfilling and it felt good to help people. And it was a nice way to spend my time without expecting anything in return. Now, when I asked them how they feel about public speaking, bad conversation was much different. But no one was talking about anything warm and fuzzy like belonging and community and meaningfulness. There we're saying words like tense, stressed out, worried, anxious, sweaty. You may relate to some of these words. So here's my groundbreaking moment. What if, Hear me out? What if we could reframe public speaking as being more like community service? How would that feel? You see it all comes down to one thing. How we think about public speaking. If we think about it as having to be perfect, having to present ourselves as inspiring and influence people and create an impact and make it informative and just impress people all these words. Then we're going to feel a ton of pressure to perform and look a certain way and be thought of a certain way. And that's just, of course you're going to be a big ball of nervous energy. No one wants to approach anything to feel like that. But if we could instead reframe public speaking as something better, then it will change the way we experience how it feels. So let's reframe public speaking as being in service to your audience. And that's it. How does that feel? Did your shoulders just drop like three feet because you're like, oh, that feels so much better. The first time I've thought about public speaking as being in service to my audience, everything changed for me because I was no longer trying to perform and get people to like me and prove something to them. Instead, I was thinking, how can I be most helpful? How can I create something that will engage them and give them something to think about? And it took all the pressure off of me and took, took the focus off of me and put the focus on them. So this one small shift, re-framing public speaking as being in-service to your audience will change everything for you. All right, let's talk about the first step in creating your secret map. The first thing you're going to do is decide what kind of mindset do I want to show up with for my public speaking engagement? And remember, public speaking can be showing up on a podcast, speaking at a staff meeting, creating a YouTube video. All these different things, okay, So when you're going to show up and be seen and be heard, what's the mindset you want to show up with? Is that connection? Is it service? Is that joy? Or is it anxiety and fear and pressure? Decide for yourself now and write that down as step 1 and creating your secret map. Now that you have your one special word for your mindset, every time you sit down to write a speech, you're going to set a timer for one minute. And you're going to visualize yourself feeling that way. You're going to visualize yourself feeling joy, feeling connected, feeling powerful, whatever that word was that you chose. I want you to imagine your whole body feeling like that. And that's going to inform the presentation you put together because that's the energy you're putting into it. Alright, let's do a quick recap. In this section, we talked about how to reframe public speaking from a high pressure, fear-based activity to being in service and enjoying the process. You also got to create step one and your secret map, creating your mindset for putting together and delivering your speech. Next, I'm going to teach you how to be in service to your audience. What does that even mean? What does it look like? How do you build a speech that's in service to the people sitting in front of you. What do you have to think about? What do you put into that? If you're wondering and you're thinking, is it possible? Yes, it is. And I'll show you how. 4. Don't Overstuff Your Burrito: Okay, now we have a problem. You finally got yourself to sit down and write your five-minute presentation. But you have 4 thousand things you want to say. How are you going to cram it all into one presentation? This is how a common problem for new speakers who won don't want to be boring, to don't want to appear on knowledgeable. And three, don't know how to write a compelling speech. I started here too. Don't worry, we all do. Here's exactly what you don't want to do, right? As much as possible. Talk as fast as you can, and cram as much as you can into your speech before time runs out. Now, it may seem like you're adding tons of value by saying a lot of things, but what you're really doing is making something that no one can follow. I call this blunder over stuffing your burrito. This is when you fill your time with way too much content. So while it seems like you're adding tons and tons of value and great content to your audience, what you're really doing is confusing them and giving them a big pile of stuff and saying Here want this and not making any sense of it. Now to this day, I still have not made a burrito that you can actually fold and hold nicely in your hand without completely falling apart in two seconds. So I'm like not the best person to give you advice on that. But as the metaphor for what we're talking about here, I am really good at keeping speeches short and simple and just giving a couple key takeaways. So in this video, I'm going to teach you how to do that. So you're not just handing your audience a plate full of ingredients and saying here, can you fold this while everything falls all over their lap? So why is this a problem? It's a problem because no one retains information when you're just going through it as fast as possible and trying to spill your guts without creating any context for what you're sharing. You want to have really thoughtfully determined takeaways and not a lot of them in each speech. And you want to build around each one and take your time and explaining, ma'am, versus talking as fast as possible and making sure everyone hears everything you think about a certain subject just so that they know that you're really smart and you're really accomplished and you know lots of information. Because the point is not to say everything you know about a subject. The point is to say what's most important about that subject. So your auto audience walks away with something of value. You can avoid overstuffed burrito by starting with three key questions. And these three questions are vital for any content you create, for any communications you create. Until the end of time. I don't want to be dramatic, but it's true. You need to ask yourself these three questions every time we're going into an interaction to make sure that you've really thought through what you're offering. And to make sure most importantly, that it connects and you are in service to your audience. Question number one, who is in my audience? You've probably heard this question before. If you've ever done marketing, if you've ever started a business, you've probably had to think about who am I serving? And you've probably thought about demographics like, what's their job title, what industry do they work in? How old are they? Those are good questions to ask, but even better questions to ask are the ones about how they think. Because the questions that get into their head are going to give you information that will help you build a talk that connects with them. So asking questions like, what do they care about? What are their challenges? What are their fears? What are their needs? What are their dreams? If you can answer those types of questions, you will be able to build a talk that is so compelling to them and engaging because you are directly addressing the things that they most care about, right? So start with this one question every single time and it will help you to build a solid foundation for all of your content going forward. This is step number two in your secret map. So take a minute now to imagine a future talk or think about a future talk you're giving and write in who is in your audience? What do they care about? What do they need? What are their dreams, what are their challenges, what are their fears? And you will be in a great position to build an amazing talk. All right, So now you've considered who's sitting in front of you. The second question you want to ask yourself is, what problem am I solving for them? This helps you to understand how to position your talk so that it matters to them. I was talking to a woman the other day and she said, Oh, I have to give this boring talk on data breach tomorrow. And I was like, why is it a boring talk on data breach? And she's like nobody cares and those like that seems like a huge problem. When don't you think that people want to know what to do if there's a data breach at your company and she's like probably and I said, well, what if you framed it as do you want to protect your private information? Do you want to protect our customers information? Do you want to protect this company so you have a job tomorrow? She's like, Oh, I guess that would be a good way to put it. Why don't you start with that? Because you're showing that there's a problem that needs solved and your information is going to solve it. So the third step in your secret map is to ask yourself, what problem am I solving for them? Take a couple minutes now to fill that in and then come back to the video. Question 3, what are the results I'm offering? This is a huge, huge question. And unless you're in marketing, you may not be thinking about this very much because it's not part of your job and you don't have to think about it. Marketing people think about this all day long because they're trying to think, why would someone buy what I'm trying to sell? Why does it matter to them? So what I want to ask you is, in your speech, What's the outcome you're promising? Why should people care about your solution? Why should people listen to you? If you can come up with a compelling results that will help people get excited about what you're saying. They will listen and they will be engaged. And guess what? You're being in service to your audience. Cool, right? Clearly stating at the beginning of your talk and at the end of your talk, the results you're promising will keep people interested in hearing more about what you have to say. You might notice in my class in the beginning I talked about how I'm going to teach you how to feel more relaxed and confident. Those are really important results because if you're someone who feels a ton of fear around speaking and you know that you could feel differently at the end, you'll stick around to learn, right? So we want to think about the results that were promising and make sure that your audience clearly understands them from the beginning and at the end. The next step in creating your secret map is to answer the question, what are the results I'm offering? If you don't have a talk coming up, just think of one in theory that you might be giving at some point just so that you can practice this exercise. All right, we covered a lot in this video. We covered the three golden key questions you need to ask yourself in order to be in service to your audience and build something that connects with them. Who's in my audience? What problem am I solving for them, and what are the results I'm offering? You can answer these three questions. Your talk is going to be amazing. So now you may be asking yourself, if I write down a bunch of ideas, how do I decide what stays and what goes, How much do I keep? What order do I put it in? Don't worry. That's coming up in the next video. 5. The Three Key Questions: Do you know how much content is remembered from a ten-minute speech one week later. Let's do a quick quiz. Let's start with how much is remembered immediately after your presentation, a 10 minute talk. By the next day. How much was remembered? A week later? How much was remembered? Here are the answers. Data shows that immediately after the presentation, the audience remembered 50 percent of what was said by the next day, the audience remembered 25 percent a week later, the audience remember just 10 percent. So what do you take from this? What I take from this is we need to simplify our presentations. Don't overstep your burrito. Keep everything very focused, and don't leave room for people to misunderstand, misinterpret, or wonder what the point of your speech was. Here's a good rule of thumb to start with. A 10 minute talk should have three to four key takeaways. A 20 minute talk should have five to six key takeaways. And a 45 to 60 minute talk should have eight to nine key takeaways. I'm going to take you through an example of how all this works so you can see it in practice. I'm going to give a talk on how to mow the lawn. Why not? So who's in my audience? New homeowners who want to have a healthy lawn, but don't want to spend all their time mowing or maintaining it. The problem I'm solving for them, they don't know anything about lawns or mowers. The results on promising have the best looking lawn on the street by following these tips. So where do you start with brainstorming and selecting the content with a mindmap. A mind map is a helpful tool for brainstorming and thinking about all the possibilities that can go with the problem you're solving. So the way it works is you grab a piece of paper, you put a circle in the middle and you write the problem you're solving in the middle. And then you draw a little lines off of it. And you write on those lines all the different solutions to the problem you're solving and you don't need to limit yourself. Maybe set a timer for five minutes and write down every single thing that comes to mind, whether you think it's smart or good or bad or weird or confusing, just write it all down. It doesn't matter. So for my mind-map about how to mow the lawn, I might write things like selecting the best mower for my size, yard, best mowing patterns to increase the health of the grass, best quality we'd walkers. How often you should water your lawn? How often you should mow your lawn, and what time of day. Best places to plant flowers around the lawn. Easiest bushes to take care of. Now once I have my whole list L on my mind map, I'm going to circle the three to four most important tips. Just three to four because I'm only giving a 10 minute talk. So I don't want to go crazy with content. We don't want overstuffed burrito. So as the speaker and the expert on the subject, I'm going to decide what's, what's most in-service to my audience and what's going to solve the problem for them of not knowing how to take care of their long. A recent study showed that 91% of listeners at business presentations admitted to daydreaming. If you don't want your audience to zone out, make sure every point you make has something engaging included to reinforce your point. Including things like quizzes, hand raising, stories, interesting visuals and data will help your audience remember what you told them. Tried to include one of these elements for each solution. So let me give you the examples that I'm going to do for my talk on how to mow the lawn. The first takeaway I decided to include was the best mowing patterns to increase the health of your grass. Providing a visual is a great way to teach and create memorable contents. So what I would do is create a visual, just add a picture and talk about the pattern you'd want to use for mowing the lawn. The second takeaway I chose is how to know when it's time to mow your lawn. This is a fun opportunity to do a quiz and engage your audience and see what they guess for answers. Doing multiple choice will make it go faster because you can do show of hands with your audience by offering them three or four answers and then having them select the one that they think is closest. The third takeaway I chose was the best time of day to mow your lawn. This is another great opportunity to include a quiz and get your audience engaged. So you can provide three to four options and have them choose the one they think is closest. Guess what? Adding facts and figures to your presentation increases audience retention by 20%, add them wherever you can. So in this video, we talked about how to pick the amount of content you should include, how to brainstorm the content, to include how to select the best content and adding supporting information. So it drives each point home. Now you get to be the architect of your talk and that means you get to think about each takeaway and the best way to present it. Don't be shy about being creative and creating, adding really fun stories and creating fun games and quizzes, and adding in different ways to engage with your audience so that they get the most impact out of what you're sharing. In the next video, I'll give you an easy way to remember all of your content so you're not fidgeting with your notes and worrying over whether or not you said everything you want to say. 6. The Three Circle Method: You just spent a lot of time putting together an amazing presentation. Congratulations. Now let's talk about delivery. Should you memorize everything you wrote? Should you write it on note cards? Should you put it up on slides? What's the best approach? The answer is, it's whatever works best for you. I don't memorize my speeches word for word. That sounds really stressful. I created my own method of memorizing speeches and I want to share it with you in hopes that it will help you. One of the biggest mistakes I see new speakers make is reading notes and reading notes off of slides. So if you think when you put together a presentation, you're going to put all your content up on a slide and then just advance to the next slide and read it word for word to your audience. That's a bad idea. Nobody likes that. Nobody wants to watch that. It's not being in service to your audience, please don't do that in another video. I'll teach you how to make better slides. But for right now we're talking about notes. That method I'm going to teach you. I came up with a couple of years ago and I've taught it to thousands of people, and I've only heard positive feedback. So I hope you like it. It's called the three circle method. It doesn't always have to have three circles, but I always start with three because that's the recommended a number of takeaways for a 10 minute talk. And a lot of people give shorter talks. So we start with three circles, but the number of circles correspond with the number of takeaways in your talk. So if you're going to give a longer talk, say a 20 minute talk, you'd want to put five or six circles on your piece of paper. So the reason we're using circles is because it helps you to separate out your content into small blocks. And you can see really easily when you glance down at your piece of paper where you are in your speech, I can be really difficult when you have a document with bullet points of information. And you're trying to look up at the audience and then look back at the piece of paper and find where you left off when it's just tons and tons of text. But when your information is then little bubbles, you can just quickly glance from circle the circle and know exactly where you are. So this is what I use still to this day and I find it to be incredibly helpful. And it's a great way to take a lot of information and boil it down to just the key points. And the way to do it and use it effectively is to practice your speeches a lot so that you don't have to look down at your speech and had their word for word, but just have the key words that trigger the point you're trying to make so that then you can speak off the cuff and be sort of in the moment and improvise a little bit more instead of sticking to a script, holding the three circles out in front of you while you're practicing, we'll help you get comfortable with glancing down every once and awhile and then also making eye contact with your audience. This is a really easy way to stay on track and sale the things you want to say while also keeping that connection with your audience and not just keeping your eyes on your piece of paper. To recap, making your notes easy to read and easy to follow will help you to feel more confident and more relaxed because you won't be flipping through pages of notes or tons of notecards looking for the next thing that you're going to say. And that's a nice feeling. The next video is going to teach you a key element that every presentation absolutely needs, but very few have. Do you think you know what it is? Let's see. 7. Feel the Love: In a study done by Quantified Communications, they found that the top 10 percent of authentic speakers were considered to be 1.3 times more trustworthy and 1.3 times more persuasive than the average communicator. Authenticity is made up of the warmth and passion that the people have while presenting. When was the last time you sat in the audience and watched and monotone speaker, what was that experience like for you? Where you board, where you mentally organizing your sock drawer. Were you thinking, What am I going to make for dinner tonight? Or maybe you wondered how our ax throwing bars allowed. Not spending the time to make sure that you are infusing your talk with love, joy, passion, and enthusiasm is a huge wasted opportunity. Do you know why? Because the impact of your presentation all starts with one thing. You, if you don't care about what you're talking about, why should your audience care about it? If you're presenting your topic. Today, we're going to talk about data breach. Why would anyone else be interested in hearing anything you have to say? I remember one time I sat down at a speaker sisterhood meeting and a member gave a speech about her love for farmers markets. And when she got up and said, I'm going to talk about farmers markets, I was like, okay, by the end of her five-minute speech, I was like, I cannot wait to go to the next Farmers Market. I'm so pumped. It was because her energy was so contagious. I just loved her excitement for farmers markets and all the reasons she listed off. I was like, I do love farmer's markets. It's up to you to bring that energy to get your audience excited about it. So how do you do that? Let's do an exercise with your feet flat on the floor, hands by your side. Close your eyes. I want you to picture something you love. It can be a person, place thing. It can be a big thing, can be a small thing. It doesn't matter. Just something you love. Once you have it, I want you to completely embody the feeling of love for that thing. Feel in every inch of your body from your head to your toes. Sit with it for a few seconds. Let it completely cover you like a warm blanket. Okay. You can open your eyes. Do you feel the love and every inch of your body? Does it feel really good? Okay, good. That's the energy I want you to bring to your speech. Imagine standing in front of an audience feeling this good and being able to infuse every word. What does loving energy? Who wouldn't want to watch that speech? Who wouldn't be able to feel your enthusiasm and interest in what you're sharing. So here's the pro tip. Do this quick exercise right before you speak and left the energy of love infuse every word you share. It will be evident in your facial expressions, your tone, and your body language, and your audience will pick up on it. Quick note. You might notice I didn't say you have to feel love for your topic. Sometimes you have to give a speech on something you're not excited about. You can still harness that love and joy by thinking about something you love. And then bring it to your presentation. Bonus. If you love what you're talking about, it'll be easier to bring that, those feelings to what you're doing. Let's do a quick recap of the class so far. The combination of the strategies I've taught will help you to feel more relaxed and confident for three reasons so far. One, your mindset is that of service to your content is directed right at what the audience needs. And three, your energy is engaging. You don't have to wonder if the light you, they'll love you. The next couple of videos are bonuses to help the experience of creating and delivering presentations even better. 8. Bonus: Add Your Own: Is there anything else you want to add to your secret map that will add to your speaking success. What do you know about yourself that will help to chill you out, keep you calm, or even energize you and help you to look forward to your presentation. Here's some things I like to do. Taking a walk, it clears my mind. I like to use my favorite tools for writing a speech, a clipboard, printer paper, and a sharp pencil. Here's some other ideas, journaling, visualizing, meditating, coffee with a friend, sleeping on it. What do you like to do to prepare your mind, body, and spirit? Write it into the next section of your secret map. Now, in the next section, I'm going to teach you the most important step of all. Here's a hand. It's the one most people like to skip. 9. Bonus: Don't Skip This Step: The most common question I'm asked as a public speaking coach is, how can I get better at public speaking? And I don't want to be the one to tell you a boring answer or to give the answer that everyone expects. But sorry, my answer is not sexy. My answer is practice. Repetition is what makes you better. I mean, you wouldn't go to the gym once and expect to have huge muscles because you lifted weights for five minutes. You wouldn't brush your teeth once when you're three years old and then expect 20 years later to still have perfect teeth? No, it's a daily practice. You have to commit to the repetition of it in order for things to get better, right? So public speaking is the same way. The more you do it, the better you get. So you may be asking yourself, where would I practice public speaking? Here are some ideas. Pick a one hour chunk of time in your week, every week, and actually go into your calendar and block out the time for public speaking practice. This is really important because what it's going to do is keep public speaking front and center. So you're always working on it. During that hour. You can practice your speech by setting up a camera and speaking into it. So it's like you have an audience and you're practicing your speech, you're practicing your storytelling, you're practicing body language, facial expressions, not using filler words, all kinds of things. The bonuses, watching your video back, which will help you to improve even faster. Another thing you can do is get a small group of friends together and practice speaking with them. If they have similar goals, you could each give a five-minute speech and then give each other feedback. This is a great way to practice in front of a live audience. When there isn't a lot at stake. You can join a public speaking club that has a built-in curriculum structure schedule, and community of other people who have similar goals. You can also practice speaking at random times of day, like when you're washing the dishes or folding laundry or driving. I'm sure my family thinks I'm crazy because I'm constantly talking. And that's me practicing my speeches. So when I give a speech, I've already said most of that speech 20 times to myself. And it's because getting it out of my mouth and saying it is a great way to practice how it sounds and decide what stays and what goes. Another tip is to record videos on social media. That's a short version of public speaking and it's a way to get you to practice thinking about your audience, thinking about the problem you're solving for them, and getting in front of other people. As I mentioned at the beginning of this class, public speaking can take a lot of different forms. Social media videos is one of them. Whatever you do, don't cram before the exam and expect to practice a couple hours before your speech and to hit it out of the park, the best thing you can do is give yourself a lot of time to think through what you want to say. What's important to add to the conversation and to practice that speech and to get feedback and to feel confident and relaxed because you know that everything you're including is exactly what your audience needs to hear. 10. Closing Thoughts: I hope you loved this class and the tips I share it on how to build a meaningful speech while also feeling relaxed and confident. We covered how to have the right mindset, how to create content that speaks to your audience and how to do it with magnetic energy. I have more classes in the work, so please follow me for updates and let me know if you have any ideas for new class topics. Don't forget to post your class projects for feedback and support from our awesome community of students. One more thing. I hope that now when you receive an invitation to speak at a conference, you'll say yes, I hope that you'll record a short video on Instagram for your followers and use your secret map to make something that really connects with them. I hope that you'll use these skills to show up more and promote what you do because it matters. Remember, a public speaking can be fun and easy and a powerful tool for connection. Don't let your fear of putting yourself out there hold you back any longer. You have the tools, use them. Now let's read the message we got from our secret admirer earlier in our class. The world needs to hear what you have to say.