May 2010 column
was titled: “Leaders Must Be Communicators.” The February and March 2011
columns were more specific; they stressed leaders must be listeners and
they must be able to use non verbal communication. But, leaders must
also be good speakers. Many of my previous columns have dealt with
techniques of good speaking. Some of those columns may prove worthwhile
if you wish to become a more effective speaker.
I have written books on Public Speaking, but I am about to tell
something I have seldom mentioned. I have been blessed with many job
promotions and opportunities to lead groups that numbered in the
thousands. I believe in every case there were others whose credentials
may have been better than mine. Why did I get the leadership
opportunities instead of them? Quite frankly, I became the leader
because of my ability to express ideas clearly and speak effectively to
small groups and large audiences.
Have I always been comfortable expressing my thoughts in front of an
audience? Absolutely not! In my first college public speaking course I
was so nervous that as I spoke, my nervousness caused red blotches to
break out on my chest area and spread upward above my shirt collar. I
prayed I could end my speeches before the blotches overtook my face. How
did I overcome nervousness and lack of confidence? I learned the
techniques of speaking effectively and I practiced. Don’t give up!
Becoming a good speaker is worth the time and effort.
Make no mistake about it; speaking effectively will help you be a more