I had to smile when I saw this recent post by Forbes debunking three common myths about public speaking. In the post, author and lecturer Ken Sterling debunks the idea that only extroverts can excel at the art of speaking in public, and I could not agree more. In our media training classes, workshops and programs, in fact, it is often the more introverted who are able to focus in on key messages and avoid filling silences.
He also debunks the idea that someone has to be funny to win over a crowd. This one hits home for me, as it is my own Achilles Heel in public speaking. Hilarious in real life (obviously, duh), I often make the mistake of trying too hard to come off that same way when making formal comments or speeches.
To read about these and the other myths he debunks, be sure to click here. Below, I share a few other gems, both for those preparing to speak publicly as well as those preparing to speak to the media, we teach in our media training programs:
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