A bit of age-old public speaking advice says that you have to fake it until you make it. Many speaking gurus still give this advice though they know it does not work. Do you wonder why?
Someone who becomes good at faking becomes a master of faking. Don’t expect that person to look and sound authentic. When they present, people will know at once that they are just acting it out.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with acting. We see movies though we know that we will see make-believe.
But the task of a professional speaker is not to give us a make-believe presentation. We want him to make us believe. We expect him to be authentic.
One secret to becoming authentic on stage is to understand that every presentation is another conversation.
This is one of the four secrets that I will share with you on October 16, 2019, at the Continuing Education Center at the University of the Philippines, Los Baños. I will deliver this speech at the regular meeting of Los Baños Toastmasters Club
You may join us.