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Ted Gioia’s 10 Rules for Public Speaking

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Ted Gioia’s rules make sense to me:

I learned this craft unwillingly, at least at first—and it was all because of music.

It started at age 13, when I pestered my parents to buy me a record player. There was a sweet little model at nearby Clark’s Drugstore. My highest life goal at the time was to place the turntable near my bed and listen to my favorite songs over and over again.

At first, my parents said no. But I didn’t give up. My mother soon grasped how much I wanted this hi-fi and, shrewdly seizing her leverage, finally agreed that it could be mine—but on one condition. I had to enter a local public speaking contest for high school students.

This was an unsettling proposition. I had no experience in public speaking, and I was just a 9th grader, and one of the youngest in my class—how could I compete with 17 and 18 year olds on an equal footing? I considered saying no, but I desperately wanted that record player.

So I worked hard on my speech, and when the dreaded day arrived, I stood up in front of a roomful of grownups, and gave my little talk. To my surprise, I took home the prize—and, a few days later, my first turntable. I kept it all the way through college.

Over the next few years, I entered—and won—a few more speech competitions. And then I was confronted with real life public speaking demands. I won a college scholarship from a business group, but to collect the money I had to talk to a huge auditorium full of people at their annual convention. I walked up on stage and gave a joke-filled speech that was almost a comedy monologue. It had an amazing effect—once again, with an audience where everyone was more than twice my age. I was such a hit that, over the next 24 hours, I got numerous requests for a copy of my speech.

But the reality was that  . . .

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Written by Leisureguy

11 August 2022 at 6:17 pm

Posted in Business, Daily life

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