Communicating and being understood are basic human needs. Communicating effectively to be readily understood is a functional ability that can be thwarted due to various reasons, including psychological, emotional and/or physical challenges.
When learning to play a sport, the most valuable component is touch time. Touch time can be defined as the amount of time practising the sport, being on the pitch or playing field/surface, and/or getting time with the sport’s object (ball, racket, puck, oars, gymnastic rings, horse).
We all know the feeling of needing to give a talk or teach on a subject that we know something about but we may not know the subject thoroughly, or made it “our own” so to say.
This is a question posed to me recently by a prospective client. He said my reply shocked and challenged him. Although he felt himself to be a fairly accomplished speaker he admitted that most of his success was down to a natural talent that “carried him through”, as he put it. The finer aspects were escaping him.
Many people will remember learning and reciting poetry in their school days. Be it a happy memory or an unhappy one, poetry learned at a young age tends to stay in our memory clear up to middle and old age. Little snippets may be remembered if we hear a certain combination of words or hear a poets name mentioned. On the whole, however, poetry remains in the background in our prose-dominated world.
Let’s face it, you may be one of many people who will at some point be asked, or required, to speak in public. When the stakes are high to nail that important speech it’s especially important that you have a good strategy to help you prepare and then fall back on in the moment.