A recent Youtube video reminds us that it’s ok to be a newbie. We can stretch out of our comfort zones and speak. It is a lesson twenty-somethings can learn from.
I occasionally make really gutsy moves that will either sink or swim. The latest unpredictably brave move involved putting a video of my last speaking practice on Youtube.
The offer is there for any members to have their speeches uploaded to the web.
This was just a little impromptu talk about my favourite band. It was something to do on a Thursday night.
I was speaking straight after my grandmother, by best friend in the entire world, had surgery. I was shocked, terrified, and distracted. The best option was to just speak on anything familiar and light.
Just keep saying something, no matter what is happening. The show must go on. Contribute something. Don’t hide away.
Then why did I put it online? To encourage others to say something. Anything. We can all grow our confidence through speeches.
Don’t stop just because of the hurdles. Occasionally people from Gen Y tell me they couldn’t possibly do a speech. Especially without notes.
We all have days of not trusting our own memories on stage, or getting writer’s block, or feeling too nervous around people. Or trying to focus amongst crises. Speaking is like the old ‘fight or flight.’ Just say something.
Something extraordinary happens when we keep saying something. We can engage with an audience, no matter who we are. The instantaneous feedback is like a real conversation.
Anyone can share a message. Toastmasters speakers can be corporate, bilingual, disabled, students, or more. We’re from all walks of life.
You, too, can put your speeches on Youtube. Or speak within a club. You might be new. The world still wants to know what you have to say.