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In today’s video, I really want to challenge you and ask you the question, which level of public speaker are you now? I see that there are three levels of public speaker you need to work through as you improve your public speaking skills.
Level one speaker – focussed on themselves
Level one, this is the speaker is just completely petrified, and nervous. They’re just focused purely on themselves. In other words, when they get up, and when you stand up in front of an audience, you’re thinking purely about yourself. In other words, can the audience see that you’re shaking? Can they see that you’re nervous?
Level two speaker – focussed on the message
Level two speaker is a speaker who has moved on from the nervousness, and a level of confidence standing in front of the audience, but they’re then starting to be concerned about their message. In other words, is their message right for the room that they’re talking to. In other words, is it right for that particular audience?
Level three speaker – focussed on the audience
Level three speaker is someone who is comfortable to stand in front of an audience, comfortable with their message, and really then just focused on the audience members getting the value from the message. Are they understanding what is being said? Now this is important, because level three is where influence happens. If you want to persuade people, if you want to influence people, you’ve got to move through level one, level two, and get up to level three.
I’ve worked through with a lot of my contacts and clients in the Speak to Influence programme, in my Mastermind. It’s really about helping them get from level one, through level two, and then up to level three, because level three is where the power is. Level three is where you can influence audiences, and make changes happen.
Answer the question, which level are you? Are you level one nervous? Level two, you’re starting to focus on your message? Or level three, are you someone who is focused on getting your message understood and appreciated by your audience? Level three is where you want to be. If you’re one or two, work on it, and think about how you can get up to level three.