There is so much information, conversation, “stuff” coming at us all the time, it is hard to leave an impact. As a person who is committed to contributing in a positive way, it is very important to me to make an impact. Which leads to the question – what is the most likely way I can make a difference and make a memorable impact in the world?

I wrote a book. I write articles and get them published in major outlets, like Forbes. I write blogs like this one. I talk to people all the time. I think I do a decent job of making a difference. However, the one thing I do, and others do that leave the most memorable lasting impression is public speaking.

Think about it. In many forms. From conference speaking, small group speaking, presentations at work, seminars and even religious sermons- these impact our lives and move us into action with tremendous effectiveness.

I am sure, like me, you have had experiences where the speaker bored you to tears, or annoyed you, or was just meh. What are the qualities that make it so effective? And what makes it ineffective?

We all know passion makes a difference as well as a great message. Charisma, presence and a powerful expression.

I love speaking. It wasn’t always that way. When I was in 3rd grade, I won a speech contest and I remember saying sometime in elementary school- I want to write, travel and speak. Then I took a sophomore level speech course when I was a freshman in high school. There was a rule- don’t chew gum… which makes sense, for a speech class. I was a bit rebellious (still am, lol!) and defied that rule and got caught. My teacher had me stand in front of the class with chewed gum on my nose. Then I got made fun of. That was it. I dropped the class and killed off the dreams.

My humiliation at 14 got the best of me. I even had another incident when I was 28 and had overseen a fundraiser. I got called to the front to be acknowledged… caught my toe and fell flat on my face… NO, thank you, I am NEVER speaking in public again.

Twelve years later I did a transformational course at Landmark Worldwide and I got the decisions I made and how I killed off my dream. I reawakened the dream, got trained and developed and have been speaking ever since. And I am very good at it. I am memorable. I impact people.

I was in California this past weekend speaking at a women’s empowerment conference. One woman said the best thing any speaker could hear: “The words that you spoke into my life on Saturday are priceless! Your message is so important. Please don’t stop sharing it.” That is so fulfilling.

Here is the thing- as a public speaker who has been in front of over 30,000 people over 23 years and has trained dozens of others, I think I have a pretty good handle on what it takes. You must get trained.

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