said 1 year, 5 months ago:
@deairby I’m going down the speaking route, too, and everything I’ve read/studied supports what @rich-brooks said.
I joined the local chapter of the National Speakers Association as a member candidate. It’s given me a chance to watch some incredibly gifted speakers, study how they engage an audience, tell stories, and leave you wanting to hear more.
I’m also working with an ex-reporter from the DC area CBS affiliate on how to speak comfortably and effectively, how to craft my stories, make eye contact, etc. It’s been very helpful (and humbling!).
As I’ve declared 2012 the Year-of-the-Video for myself, I hope to get even more comfortable “getting myself out there,” whether the audience is in the room or not.