It's your big chance. Speaking at the company's convention or annual
meeting, making a speech for your trade association, giving the quarterly
report to the board of directors. Or the response has been so great
after the free speeches you've been giving - "You were the only one
on the program that didn't put me to sleep. I listened to everything
you said and I'm going to use it." - or you're the CEO and this is an
incredible opportunity to promote your company, or you're forced to
speak in 3 weeks if you want to keep your job but you swore you'd never
speak in public.
You're not quite sure how to organize your message. You don't have time
to organize it and you'd like to be comfortable with it when you deliver
it. Your communications department has written it for you and now you
don't think you're going to be able to remember it.
You've been impressed by speakers who don't stand behind the lectern
and don't use notes - you'd like to be that person. You want to use
visuals but you don't want them to be boring. You don't want to be boring.
You like the idea of being invisible but don't think you can pull it
off. You'd like to keep your job and maybe get a promotion. You'd like
to be engaging and conversational. You'd like to be able to continue
working productively and sleep nights while developing your speaking
"Right after taking your class I spoke to about 200 people, a larger
group than I'm usually comfortable with. I used the BLESS
acronym that you used in class -- Breathe, Look at
the audience, Engage my mind, Stand still and Speak
out -- and it worked!"
Regional Sales Manager