How many people do you know that love public speaking? If you are like me, the answer is not many. In fact, I don’t know of anyone that likes it. With this in mind, why should you take the chance and public speak? The answer is because few people like to do it. It is really a fairly easy skill to learn. A matter of some practice and research and you should make out fine. The issue is that most of us don’t have the opportunity to practice our skills and thus are intimidated when the time comes where we need to do such a presentation.
Having a skill that very few people in the general population have is a great advantage in almost every situation. Use your skills to promote your business. Challenge yourself to venture outside your comfort zone. Doing so will build confidence and an internal power you did not realize you possessed. Imagine holding seminars where people actually paid to come see you speak about your area of expertise.
What area should you specialize in, you ask? The answer is whichever topic is of interest to you. It doesn’t matter if it’s rocket science or rock-n-roll, there will be an audience for both and if that is where your passion lies, that is where you should be focusing you energy. We are often told growing up that you shouldn’t even think of sports or music as a career but there are tons of people making better livings than the majority of the population in these exact fields. And, they are not all the athletes or musicians. My point is simply that if you figure out what you are good at and what you truly love, no matter what it is, you can find a way to be successful at it.
By starting out speaking on your chosen topic, you will progress in ways you never thought possible. People will consider you the expert in your field. They will come to you for advice about how to get started, just like you. The key, as always, is taking that first and difficult step. Take the step! Don’t let life pass you by. Don’t lie on your death bed thinking about “what if" scenarios. Go for it now and get started!
Mike Wyman is co-creator of the online dating website for golfers, DateAGolfer.com and PuttingForPar.com , a golf website specializing in personalized ball markers.