Most people express that they have a fear of speaking in public. In order to gain that experience I had to reflect on what my fears were about public speaking and how I could overcome them. The first thing I did was to consider if I had something worthwhile to say. I knew my subject because I had many years of content that I had gathered through my experiences and classroom learning about my subject.
Secondly, I had a passion about my subject. I knew the need for my point of view was extremely important and the audience needed to hear what I had to say. I believed that I could help save lives through my ability to educate people on how they could prevent fires from occurring in their lives by practicing basic fire prevention techniques. Because the Fire Service is a very significant part of local government spending, I was confident we could influence our neighbors, who we may share space with, to also practice fire safe behaviors to reduce the potential for fire loss/fire deaths.
Thirdly, I was willing to practice not only in the mirror and on video taped practice sessions but to take every opportunity to speak in front of others. Vince Lombardi the Hall of Famed and Legendary Football Coach said, “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” His teachings and penchant for perfect practice can be applied to your quest to be a better public speaker.