I’ll never forget that day in 2009, when my mom took me to the local debate club to see what it was all about.
I was terrified.
Speaking in public was not on the list of things I wanted to do with my life. Debating in public? That’s even worse.
Despite my best attempt at begging my mom not to put me through this torture, I eventually got enrolled in speech and debate.
What followed were four of the most transformative and exciting years of my life. Speech and debate changed me in more ways than I can list. And it gave me a passion for speaking that now, all these years later, I share with others through Potent Speaking.
When I was a competitor in NCFCA debate, I started to wonder how I could get first place speaker. My fourth year I began reading public speaking blogs, reading books, and practicing speaking. With some hard work and dedication, I was able to transform myself from an average speaker to a top performer in just one year.
That year, I received these speaking awards:
1st – Qualifier
1st – Qualifier
2nd – Qualifier
5th – Regionals
4th – Nationals
The year before that I only got a couple of speaker awards, my highest being 12th.
What I found through this process is that there are specific things that you can do to become a better speaker. I also found that most public speaking websites and books are full of baloney, often written by people who claim they’re good speakers but actually have little knowledge of the topic.
How to become a better speaker
Ah, that’s the question isn’t it? How do you get better? That’s the question I aim to answer with each post on Potent Speaking.
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