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The mythical 'born' speaker

Daniel Pennington
Daniel PenningtonPublished on August 29, 2022

When we see somebody who is an incredible speaker it is so common for us to think or to say wow wouldn't it be great if I had been born to be a great speaker like that person.

It is easy to convince ourselves that some people are just naturally better speakers. but the reality is learning to be a captivating speaker is hard work, but it is something that any of us can learn if we try hard enough.

learning to be a captivating speaker is like learning any other thing. How did we learn to type or to ride a bicycle or to catch football? We learned those things by trying and by failing and by trying again and failing again and by trying and trying and failing and trying. And eventually we have some success. And of course if we stay at it we become skilled at that thing. Why would speaking be any different?

I work with a lot of different speakers. Some are pretty good, some are struggling, but they are all learning. in the time that we have together in training all of the speakers become better and better. Some of them go on who elected office. Some go on to run large companies, or get grants or start nonprofits. And some...just slay that dragon called...stage fright...once and for all.

And I am certain that when they speak there is someone watching them who says, wow, wouldn’t it be great if I had been born to be a great speaker like that person.

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