There’s a whole family of words that end in -ence that are of significance to the professional cruise ship speaker.
At a recent brainstorming session of national speakers association members and wannabes – persistence was one of the most needed qualities of a professional speaker. I didn’t write ‘desired.’
Writers need persistence. Others in the -ence family are eloquence, patience, presence, cadence, influence, competence, excellence, experience, flatulence (not!), insistence, permanence, precedence, and resilience. Did I miss one?
The topic at hand is how to improve persistence.
The best way to improve strength in any area is to gradually overextend your limits in that area over a period of time. Eventually, you’ll become stronger.
The same holds truth for persistence. Persistence is simply not giving up. To improve you will want to put yourself in situations that will cause you to want to give up for one reason or another … and don’t give up.
Just keep holding out a bit longer each time and keep practicing.
And, yes, the strength in the physical or mental arena will transfer to the speaker platform or in the effort it takes to get to the platform.
I still remember way back the first time I finished a 100-mile run in less than 24 hours. When I finished that run, I had a bloated if not a justified confidence that there were not many things I couldn’t do if I didn’t just break them down into steps … one by one … and persist.
If you want to improve your persistence – choose something, anything, and work at doing it longer than you might otherwise and keep stretching it. And you’ll gain strength that will serve you well when you try to get on and stay on the speaker’s platform.
Did I miss something?