Posts Tagged ‘new challenges’

A small task

February 28, 2009

jukebox on whiteThis week I have a small task for you. I would like you to choose one of the three options below to complete.

Option 1

Find your favorite piece of music and listen to the piece, write down why you like it. Do you like the tempo, the highs and lows is it the chords that are used or the words? Think about what attracts you to this particular song.

Option 2

Watch your favorite movie and as above, write down what you like about the story, is it the characters, is it the drama or excitement, how does the story start and end.

Option 3

Read your favorite book, poem or story and as with the film look at where the story starts, how are the characters described? what words are used and how does the story end.

You may be wondering why I’ve set you this task but over the next few weeks all will be revealed. We’ll be looking at why particular pieces attract us and how we can use similar principles and styles in our public speaking.

Keep speaking – Carrol

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Try something New

January 2, 2009

Fireworks clusterNew Year is a great time to reflect on not only what you’ve achieved over the past year but it also gives you time to think about what you’d like to achieve during the coming year.

 Have you vowed to try something new this year?

When it comes to public speaking there are a range of things we can do.

1. You can join Toastmasters and learn speaking and leadership skills

2. You can hire a speaking coach to improve you skills

3. You can watch other speakers or join the National Speakers Association

4. You can read books, listen to tapes and watch videos on the subject

5. You can commit to speaking more often – practice makes perfect

6. You can use speaking to generate new business or sell more products

7. You can mentor someone else on their speaking journey.

The New Year is a great time to think about what you’d like to achieve.

There are so many options when it comes to speaking so step outside that comfort zone, write down what you would like to achieve and a date you’d like to achieve it by.

Keep speaking – Carrol

One Red Paperclip your way to confidence

December 20, 2007

Some of you may have heard the story about Kyle MacDonald who advertised to trade one red paperclip. Over a number of months and 13 trades later, he finally made his last trade for a house. If someone had told you that you could trade a paperclip for a house you probably would have laughed.

Why am I telling you this story?

I believe that people can become confident speakers. It won’t happen over night, but with practice and guidance it can be achieved. You need to actively work on your skills, challenge yourself with new and different environments until the day you reach your goal and achieve you own personal “red paperclip”

Always be looking for the next challenge, moving up, doing more and trying something new. If you can trade your way from a paperclip to a house, you just know amazing things can happen.