Training on public speaking has always held a certain charm… Because, when you think about it, nobody really wants to be there. There’s a simple explanation; those who love public speaking rarely feel concerned, often wrongly, and rarely participate in these types of training courses. And the others know full well that they are going to have to practice speaking in front of others, or worse, speak in front of a camera! It’s exactly what they hate doing. There is always a lot of bravery during these sessions, but is also means that everyone present in the room has a hidden agenda!
Indeed, for those who are not at ease in speaking, the exercise is never an end in itself, but a means to achieve an objective: to make people listen to a point of view, to run a project, to get noticed or to obtain a job… a personal ambition that deserves you forcing yourself. And we haven’t even mentioned those who have an impediment. We’re thinking about a student whom we ran into, who was passionate about design, and who preferred not to present with his classmates because of a speech impediment, saying: I’ll slow the others down…” Or the woman whose manager told her very subtly: “You’re hopeless at speaking in public, you’ll never do it again!”
Human nature has it that a voice that is heard marks an assertive personality, that an assertive personality gives the perception of a natural and attractive persona, and that natural and attractive generate trust and commitment. If certain personalities seem to instinctively follow this pattern, others need to progress step by step to increase the impact of their words. This is what we have modeled with the M.P.G. (Minimum Presence Guaranteed) approach: build up your speech to assert your personality and give meaning to your presence.
- Speaking techniques – Everyone doesn’t have the same technical level, but everyone can improve. This is even the component where progress can be the most spectacular. Voice, posture, listening; this work will allow you to gain new automatic reflexes and increase confidence in yourself.
- Assertiveness – Self-confidence (or lack thereof) and how we see ourselves can be an obstacle to fully affirming our personalities. By understanding the mechanisms of stress management, you will learn to express your motivation and see that one can have stage fright and enjoy speaking nonetheless.
- Stage presence – There are speakers who we forget and there are speakers who make an impact. Of course the words have their importance, but the positioning of the speaker is fundamental. Technical mastery and self-assertiveness should aim at allowing the speaker to give meaning to his or her presence. As such, what drives you, your beliefs and passions are essential in meeting your audience’s expectations; be clear about your key messages and convey your emotions.