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Just like an artist speaks with her brush, a public speaker speaks with, well, his mouth! Every word you say is a chance to influence, inspire, persuade or evoke something in the minds of your audience.
Do you use your words like an artist…? Or do you let anything roll out of your mouth, no matter how relevant or powerful it is? The latter is the behaviour of a same-old-same-old public speaker who fails to appreciate the lasting impact words can make.
To become a public speaking word artist we need to watch for the words that we repeat often without even realizing. Sometimes certain words (“actually” or “in fact”) can reach essentially epidemic proportions. Be aware of the phrases or words that you say often. Ask yourself “Do these words bring value or clutter to my speaking?” Words can bring power or simply be time-fillers. Clarity in public speaking requires that we utilize words of power.
Beware of phrases such as:
Now’s your chance to become a word artist and to leave memorable words ringing in the mind of your audience. To become a word artist, try the following:
See the extra depth your message takes on if you use words wisely?
Public speaking is an art form rather than a science, because different techniques and brush strokes work differently for different people. The wrong or right answer only exists as it applies to what is wrong or right for you. Even as Van Gogh had to learn certain techniques, you can learn what style and what words work best for you.
That’s what Ginger’s approach to public speaking is truly about… finding your own voice, with authority and authenticity, to become the best verbal artist you can be.
Now, go create a masterpiece... you word artist you.
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