Unlike many people I don’t fear public speaking. I’m generally happy to take the mic and start bossing (ahem) directing people. The problem is the mic doesn’t help if you mumble (check), speak too quickly (double check) and have a smallish voice (three strikes-I’m out). Despite all this I’m still a relatively good public speaker. When I concentrate I can control all of those vocal issues but concentration is tricky when 100+ people are staring at you. I’m a good public speaker, but I want to be a great one. I want to be able to facilitate large rooms of people with ease instead of frustration. I want to pick up a microphone with the confidence of Kanye West.
This year I’m working on my public speaking skills and creating a self-designed “run the room like a boss” course. First up are Comedy Improv classes. Have you ever seen people trained in Improv Comedy? They are amazing. They assimilate a suggestion and then immediately start performing with commitment and swagger. Rolling with the punches, fearlessness and communication with the audience is imperative for improv and if that’s not good training for running a room, I’m not sure what is! Plus it sounds fun.
Does anybody have suggestions for my diction improvement quest? I’d love to hear them.