I’m sure you’ve thought about an idea that could change the world.
Ideas are born every day. Every hour, minute, second.
But what differentiates ideas in your head and ideas that are actually out there?
But what comes before the execution of the idea is a crucial part of whether or not it happens the way you want it to be.
And that’s Communication.
Actually, not just that, but Effective Communication.
Any idea that’s not properly expressed or communicated will end up being poorly executed, and will most likely be unable to have the impact it deserves.
You don’t want that, do you?
Now, you’re holding an even bigger responsibility. Which is public speaking.
It’s one thing to ineffectively communicate to one person and another to ineffectively communicate to a group of people.
It could impact yourself, your career, your relationships, and a multitude of lives that don’t know about you and what you stand for yet.
That’s why it’s extremely important to hone this skill early on in life.
From all corners of the globe, the evolution of society has been evident because public speaking took place.
Public Speaking requires at least one person to take a stand with what they believe in.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech was a major movement in American history. If he never delivered that speech, it would most probably take longer to drastically reduce racial discrimination.
The first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, wouldn’t have gotten there if not boldly declared by President John F. Kennedy in 1961.
That was very ambitious, by the way. But it happened anyway.
Quit India, delivered by Mahatma Gandhi in 1942, led to India’s independence from the British rule without any violence, even though at the time, there were wars all over.
Without the words of these three remarkable individuals, you and I will be living in a very different world today.
Public Speaking stimulates the spread of ideas.
Ideas that are effectively communicated have higher chances of being properly executed. If Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, and Pres. Kennedy’s ideas stayed with them, or if they didn’t have any clarity or purpose with their words, they wouldn’t have much impact as they originally did.
Public Speaking done effectively ignites a fire to its listeners.
When we read a great article or video, most of us automatically share it, and that’s how it spreads.
The same goes when we listen to somebody who makes us want to share their idea worth spreading.
Public Speaking provokes action.
I’ve watched presentations that transformed my thoughts and eventually my actions. I’m sure you have, and you remember that exact presentation, and the core message that was delivered by the speaker.
During one of my semesters in school, I thought it was going to be a typical day for a particular subject. I didn’t know my professor had invited a speaker.
I had actually planned on cutting the class because let’s admit it, any class before 11am should be illegal.
Kidding aside, I’m so glad I didn’t!!!
The speaker that came in was a 6’8 tall man, that caught all of my classmates’ and I’s attention.
Even more so with his speaking skills.
He didn’t bore us, he interacted with us, and the most important part, didn’t leave us hanging with what’s going to happen next.
He provided a call to action that we could immediately do.
That was one of the most life-changing presentations I have ever encountered.
We get all fired up right after an exceptional speech.
We want to go home, plan our lives with our newfound knowledge, and take action.
What do you think happened after the best speeches in history?
People moved! People executed the idea! Society was evolving!
The next time you stand up in front of a crowd, remember the world’s greatest orators.
Remember how you will forever change the thoughts, and lives, of the people you will speak to.
Never underestimate the power of your words, and your delivery.
It can make or break a person, a nation, the world.
Your voice is your responsibility. Use it wisely.
You have the power to change the course of history.