What’s the best way to become a better piano player?
Read more books on how to play the piano. Not.
What’s the best way to become a better skier?
Read more books on how to ski. Not.
What’s the best way to become a better rock climber?
Read more books on how to rock climb. Not.
Nothing beats fingers to the keys, skis to the slopes and feet and hands to the rocks. Read, nothing beats experience.
The same can be said about speaking.
But how do you get more experience speaking?
It’s tough to get speaking experience when you must depend on someone else to let you have it. It is tough to do most anything when you have to depend on someone else.
Volunteer. Depending on your expertise your venue and opportunities will change, but chances are there is always a group of people who want to know what you know and don’t want to pay. Volunteer to give it to them for free … to a point.
Sunday School … unless church is not your thing.
But my favorite place to get practice, try out new things is Meetup. For $72 over 6 months, that’s like 40 cents a day, you can organize a group or groups around your topic, 3 aspects of your topic or 3 different topics and Meetup will put out the word for you. All you have to do is provide, topics, time and place and people will show up.
And you speak = get experience = make improvements = test the waters = get better.