How the professional cruise ship speaker can improve confidence

ByBill Belew

How the professional cruise ship speaker can improve confidence

Cruise Ship Speaker - Belew

Cruise Ship Speaker – Belew

Put about 20-25 professional speakers of different levels and stages in their career in a crowd and ask them what skills they think they need to improve as a speaker and you might be surprised at what they say.

I was surprised when I heard that many speakers want to improve their confidence.

It wouldn’t have occurred to me that the guy or gal up on stage might lack confidence.

Read: How the professional speaker can evoke emotion

How can a speaker improve his/her confidence?

I can think of several ways.

1. Practice. The more you do what you do (in this case speak), the better you become at it. The better you are at it, the easier it is for you to perform on demand. The best way to become a good piano player is to put fingers to keys. Reading about piano playing won’t make you a better piano player. Fingers to keys, rinse and repeat. More practice is an easy way to build confidence.

2. Be good at what you do. In my other life I am a social media marketer. I am really good at what I do. Will Rogers said, “If you can do it, it ain’t bragging.” I ain’t bragging. When you are really good at the subject matter you are presenting, you will have confidence when you are presenting. You can concentrate on the presentation and not on the topic. If I were giving a presentation on something I had just researched – as opposed to mastered – my presentation will be off because I will be concentrating on the content instead of the delivery.

3. Find a good audience. A good audience is a good match. The folk sitting in front of you want/need what it is you have. When you know there is a good match, you will grow in confidence. “They need something. I have it.” If you must first persuade your audience that they must hear what you have to say BEFORE you say it, your focus will be off and your confidence will drop.

When you know that your audience needs what you have to offer and nobody can deliver it better than you = confidence.

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About the Author

Bill Belew administrator

Bill Belew, PhD, MFA, MSc also has a very interesting career. Bill spent a half dozen years in the US Navy climbing the enlisted ranks and making the jump to Lieutenant where he served as a Surface Warfare, Communications and Intelligence Officer. While aboard ship, in the Navy, he sailed enough nautical miles to circumnavigate the globeAfter his military time, Bill spent nearly 20 years in the Far East – Japan, China, Russia and India where he taught university and created and grew his own language school throughout Japan and Far East Russia.Bill speaks to audiences of all size, countless times yearly. He has a network of 4000+ individuals who follow him in the Silicon Valley Bay Area to learn about Social Media/inbound/content marketing. He is a weekly guest on the Social Network Station broadcast to 90+ countries from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.More than 75,000,000 people have viewed over 125,000,000 pages in his network of sites.Bill is represented by 4 cruise ship agencies that send him, literally, anywhere and everywhere in the world, and is a principal of SpeakOnCruises.com

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