From Speaking to Teaching
Last Sunday evening I taught my first yoga class as a qualified yoga teacher. For those who read my newsletter, you’ll know that I recently completed a Yoga Teacher Training course to complement my existing health and wellbeing coaching and hypnotherapy services (see my sister brand, Think Healthy Be Healthy) with this rapidly growing fitness activity. Whilst I’m generally not one to blow my own trumpet, I was really pleased with the feedback my co-teacher and I received:
‘It was amazing. When are you doing your next class?’
‘I loved it. I’ll look out for when you’re next teaching.’
‘It was just what I needed. That hamstring stretch…!’
Confronting your fears
- Seeing your audience
- Connecting and engaging with your audience
- Moving them
- Winning their hearts
- Speaking to their soul (yes, even in business presentations)
- Leaving a little bit of yourself and your story with them
Top Tips for Improving Public Speaking
- What for? What is the purpose of your talk- to entertain, inform, inspire or persuade? Be clear on this and make sure you meet this aim in your speech.
- Forget yourself. Your talk is about your listeners. What level is appropriate for them? How can you best get their interest – humour, stories, etc?
- Seek feedback. Specific constructive feedback is essential. Find yourself a local public speaking club or engage a coach to provide supporting and encouraging feedback.
- Practice. Like everything else, practice, practice and more practice is key.
‘They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel’
Carl M Buechner
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