Giving your Elevator Pitch
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Issue: 11.1 (November/December 2012)
Author: Bob Keeney
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I recently joined Toastmasters to help improve my public speaking. Not that I thought I was necessarily bad at public speaking—I just didn't feel comfortable. I always felt, about 10 minutes after I finished speaking, that I had failed to bring up a really good point. To me, this said I was too nervous to think about what I was saying.
Another reason I decided to join a public speaking organization came from listening to myself while editing my Real Studio training videos. I realized I was using 'filler words'—a lot. Some of that is just not wanting to have silence while I was recording but it's also a nervous habit. While there are some linguistic reasons why we use filler words, it's not a way to get your point across and it sounds unprofessional.
After six months of Toastmasters I definitely feel more comfortable talking to a room full of people. I highly recommend it if you have any fears of public speaking. Many people do, and technical people especially seem to have this phobia. Get these people one on one and they can talk all day long, but put them in front of a group, the um's, ah's, and you know's come out in full force.
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