Leadership Skills

Learning to Speak CONFIDENTLY In Front of Others

As I write this blog post, I have just finished doing Day 16 of Monique McLean’s “21 Days of Prayer for our Business”. It was titled “BE COURAGEOUS”. Public speaking is the hardest thing I need to learn…. and probably what most of you reading this post needs to learn. 

 

I have been a person who is afraid of speaking just one-on-one to someone! How can God possibly expect me to speak in front of thousands of people one day? Yet, that is exactly what we will need to do when we become Royal Crown Diamonds. That is why we need to learn the skill of public speaking as we travel this journey to the top.

 

Dale Carnegie says in his book “How to Develop Self-Confidence and Influence People by Public Speaking” that it’s important to NOT READ NOTES when we are on stage. Yup, you read that right. No notes… We need to be able to prepare and write a good speech, then deliver the message with confidence, regardless of how many people we have been asked to speak to.

 

Wow! If you are introverted like I am that is a huge push out of our comfy couch. Are we ready to fly and soar to heights like never before? If so, we need to take the plunge but know that God will always catch us like a momma eagle before we hit the ground. We are going to be okay! And then we can help others be courageous as well by leading by example. 

 

In her book, Monique related her story in her book about the first time she had to speak in from of 10,000 people. She said it was by far the scariest thing she had ever done. She vividly expresses her experience - “My hands where sweaty, my mouth was like cotton and my legs were like noodles.” 

 

**How would YOU feel if you were placed in front of a huge group like that? Take a moment to close your eyes and reflect on that for a minute or two.

 

After she relates that to us in her book, she writes the following: “That experience did several things for me. It proved to me His ways are pretty huge. It allowed me the opportunity to do what I said I would do. I made sure to let those 10,000 people know my secret to success was Jesus. It taught me to rely on Him. I have never prayed so much in my life as I did leading up to this event. It reminded me how faithful my Jesus is to walk by my side It made me dream bigger. It made me overflow with gratitude for this journey I was on. He confirmed when we put Him first, He does more than we could ever ask or think.” (p 118)

 

So, are YOU prepared to be courageous and learn to speak confidently in front of people, regardless of how many there are? It could be just a handful at first, but eventually, it will be thousands, or even tens of thousands. Will you be courageous?

 

Here are 2 things I recommend you do if you said “yes”:

 1. Memorize the three verses Monique has us memorize on Day 16 of her book. They are: 2 Timothy 1:7 (God has not given us a spirit of timidity…), Joshua 1:9 (Be strong and courageous…) and Isaiah 41:10 (So do not fear for I am with you…). Look them up, write them on index cards, meditate on them day and night, memorize them so you can bring them up when you are about to speak in front of people.

 

2. Read Dale Carnegie’s book to learn the skills to speak confidently in front of others. Here is the link to get it from Amazon: Click Here 

 

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This concludes our series. You are not expected to learn these things overnight. Just focus on learning them on your journey to Royal Crown Diamond so you can be an excellent leader.