How I Got Past My Fear of Speaking
© 2015 Lenny Laskowski
One major problem I see is people not being able to communicate and express themselves. The inability to voice your concerns can lead to other behavior. As a top public speaking expert Lenny Laskowski teaches that becoming a better speaker is a learned skill and an art. Many of the today's best speakers were not good speakers earlier in their careers. Unlike reading and writing, public speaking is not one of those skills we are taught during our school years.
My first exposure to public speaking was in Middle School when we are asked to deliver an oral book report. The problem is, most of us have never been taught how to do this. We felt, at the time, our only approach was to write out our entire speech word for word and memorize it. The problem is that most of us do not write like we speak and when we try to speak the words we wrote, it feels awkward to us. As a result, many of us fail at this first public speaking assignment and it leaves us with a lot of negative feelings about public speaking. As we get older we avoid public speaking all together due to this first negative experience. www.ljlseminars.com offers advice joining a public speaking class or attending Toastmasters.
I am often asked how can I become a better speaker and I tell people to never memorize your speech, use conversational language, and practice a lot. I still remember the times in school when I along with my classmates had to take turns practicing "reading out loud. We had reading groups. We soon learned how to become better readers because we were provided the time to "practice" reading.
Lenny Laskowski is an international professional speaker & Presentation of LJL Seminars and the author of the book, "10 Days to More Confident Public Speaking" (Grand Central Publishing) and "Painless Presentations – The Proven Stress-Free Way to Successful Public Speaking" (John Wiley & Sons).