BLOGGING Challenge: Day 9 of 30
How Public Speaking is Helping Me Blog
Right now, my fear is public blogging. Meanwhile, one of people’s biggest fears is public speaking. It’s defined as “to give a speech to an audience in a structured manner in order to inform, influence, or entertain.” Pretty similar, no?
One of the most useful courses I completed as an undergrad was Public Speaking. I took so much away from it, professionally and personally. You would think that since I’m somewhat comfortable with public speaking, I wouldn’t have an issue with blogging.
As I build my blog and this brand, I’m reminding myself to focus on that confidence I actually have and apply the takeaways from that class toward completing the 30 Day Blogging Challenge.
They’re There for a Reason
If someone goes to hear you speak, or goes to read your blog, something brought them there. They chose to give you their time. They ARE interested.
No One Wants to See You Fail
Remember that your audience sees part of themselves in you and wants you to perform your best. Think about when you watch someone giving a speech. When you see them stumble, you cringe for them. You don’t laugh at them (hopefully!). You send them vibes of encouragement. When they are amazing, you give a standing ovation. Remember that your audience is doing the same.
Don’t Lose Your Personality
Don’t let nerves or the need to be “perfect” take away from being relatable. Emotional connection is a basic human desire. When you share genuine feelings in a genuine way, you get back what you give.
Prepare. Practice. Practice. Practice. Present.
If someone is going to give you their time and attention, then you should be doing the same. Take the time to arrange your words, to communicate your message thoughtfully to your audience. If content is king, then context is queen. In business I say, “it’s not about how you want to sell it, it’s about how your consumer wants to buy it.” And finally, when you present… be present. Don’t just ‘get it over with’. Follow through and deliver.
I think the best way to end this 30 Day Blogging Challenge post is with a quote on confidence: “The road to confidence is paved by daily accomplishments.” Good luck!
Want to read all 30 Days of the Blogging Challenge? View the Overview page HERE