How I Became A Confident Public Speaker!

by Cliff Ravenscraft on May 11, 2013

250scorreOver the past two years, I have made a decision to put a great deal of focus on getting more involved in public speaking. In a short amount of time, I have made it to the place where I am being paid to speak at events. I have already given my first Keynote address, where I was the very first speaker that was given the opportunity to set the tone for an entire conference. As a result of my initial success, the opportunities for me to speak publicly have increased exponentially.

You would think that this is wonderful news right? It would be, except for one major issue. Until this past week, I have had no confidence in my technical skills of communicating in a public speaking setting. Don’t get me wrong, I was confident that I would “do well” with my talks. However, I could never quite get the hang of how to start a talk powerfully, how to properly prepare for a talk, and I certainly had no clue what to do with my hands, or the rest of my body, when I was up on the stage.

For me, what I lacked in technical skills related to public speaking, I compensated with passion and the powerful stories from the life that I’ve been blessed to live. I knew that it was time for me to take my public speaking to “the next level.” This is why I chose to attend the SCORRE CONFERENCE.

Rather than writing about what I learned, the following video, alone, will demonstrate just how much of an impact the SCORRE Conference has had on my ability to communicate.

Do you desire to communicate more effectively?

Do you desire to have such a focus on what you are communicating that people will remember the points of your talks weeks later?

Would you benefit by having a simple outline that would assist you in the preparation of any message that you need to communicate?

Do you wish to become more intentional and at ease with your stage presence when speaking in front of others?

Would you like to become more confident in your ability to communicate in front of others?

Then you should sight up for the SCORRE Conference today!

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22 comments
lovejasonlove
lovejasonlove

Great points. I am a professional magician and if I am doing my show, I feel completely comfortable on stage since I have been doing it for 10 years. If i am asked to give a speech, I'm uncomfortable because I don't have that "show script" to fall back on.

It sounds like I should plan on going to the next SCORRE Conference to correct that weaknesses. I've been podcasting to make me a effective speaker for information, but I would like to take my abilities to the next level.

saltandclay
saltandclay

Cliff - nice job implementing bravely what you learned.  clear and focused!  good keyword too : ) I'll have to catch up with you sometime since I met you briefly and I wanted to ask you some questions!  Good work!

MicheleCushatt
MicheleCushatt

So proud! YOU did the work, Cliff. Loved watching you dig in and shine all week at SCORRE!

Dr. Brian J. Dixon
Dr. Brian J. Dixon

@Cliff Ravenscraft It was great to meet you at #scorre13 I love your commitment to continual improvement and your dedication to sharing your learning process. 

DanMiller1
DanMiller1

Cliff - wow, that's what I call a powerful endorsement.  I love it when I hear someone describing getting real, tangible help at a conference - not just another feel good experience.  

ArchieWinningham
ArchieWinningham

I've seen nothing but improvement and great things ever since I've known you, Cliff! I love watching great things happen in the lives of others. That's what fuels me! Keep it up friend!

joyjoyg
joyjoyg

Um....wow!  This is fantastic.  Thank you so much for being there and for committing yourself to 100% excellence.  I'm proud to say the least!  :)

Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt

Cliff, I am so proud of you. I witnessed the transformation, and it is remarkable. I know this will have a major, positive impact on your effectiveness as a speaker. Proud of you!

kingsleygrant
kingsleygrant

Hey Cliff,

Having met you at the @scorre conference and listened to you at the pool as you shared your talk with us at the mixer, I knew you had passion, but now you have structure. What a difference this conference made. I relate with you because I too had passion without structure. I too now have both. You are now dangerous. Lol.

Thanks for this video.

Shelia
Shelia

Great video Cliff, I hope to attend next year. I love your honesty and your continued commitment to invest in YOU. Thanks again,

FrJamesTucker
FrJamesTucker

Great job, Cliff!   Soon you'll be doing a TED Talk.   

Cliff Ravenscraft
Cliff Ravenscraft moderator

@lovejasonlove The SCORRE Conference will definitely help you.  In the video above, I did not really put the "E" in the SCORRE acronym into practice.  E stands for Evaluation.   Meaning, going over the talk, over and over again to make sure that it is well rehearsed.    If you REALLY want to see my new skills in action, including the "E"valuation part of it, then check out http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/4reasons

Cliff Ravenscraft
Cliff Ravenscraft moderator

@DanMiller1 Thank you Dan.  I have always pulled away at least one or two tangible benefits from most conferences.  However, this conference was one of those rare occasions where 70% or more of the content had an immediate, direct, impact on my professional development.  Not only will I apply this to my public speaking, but I will also apply the outline process to segments of my podcast, future books that I write, and even how I open my Podcast Mastermind calls in the future.

Cliff Ravenscraft
Cliff Ravenscraft moderator

@ArchieWinningham Thank you so much for your continual encouragement along the way Archie.  It's fun to share when I know that folks are listening and that they are inspired by what I am sharing.

Cliff Ravenscraft
Cliff Ravenscraft moderator

@Michael Hyatt Thank you very much Michael.  I am so thankful for your influence and for the opportunities that you have opened up for me.  

Cliff Ravenscraft
Cliff Ravenscraft moderator

@kingsleygrant It was so awesome to get to meet you at the #SCORRE13 event.  I love that... DANGEROUS!  Look out world, here we come!

Cliff Ravenscraft
Cliff Ravenscraft moderator

@Shelia Thanks Shelia.  You will love SCORRE!  I can't say enough good things about it. ;)

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