All the tips we share with you each week show the abundance of issues that affect the art of presenting ideas, either directly or indirectly. Design, public speaking, storytelling, cognitive mechanisms… without taking into account the daily contributions of neuroscience researchers, the knowledge base is huge. But more importantly, this knowledge is completely useless if it’s not regularly put into practice.
Indeed, this is the fundamental difference between knowledge and skill. As a whole, if you take the time to think about it, everyone knows what needs to be done to be an effective speaker. Each one of us, with our complexes and our ambitions, is largely aware of what he or she should do to meet the expectations of the audience and get them to adhere to the ideas being presented. But ultimately, many people stop along the way because of stage fright. And yet, public speaking is not knowledge but know-how. As long as you don’t tackle the stress of the exercise you will never sort through what you’ve learned and what you are actually able to put into practice.
The real problem is that one day you might not have a choice. Because of a subject you take particularly to heart, or because you’re forced, you’ll have to speak without really being prepared. It will be too late to check the validity of a piece of advice or to attempt a particular technique. Above all, you won’t be able to benefit from automatic reflexes that are acquired through practice and, over time, allow us to be more present, more efficient and more confident.
If we look closer, the opportunities to speak are numerous. Don’t run away. Even if it’s scary, even if it requires a lot of work, you won’t regret it. First, because the awareness that you’re capable of doing the job will grow, even without really liking it. Secondly, because the day when the realization of your dream will depend on a speech, either in front of a huge crowd or a single person, you’ll know that you haven’t wasted your time.