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How to improve your public speaking as a leader

What skill can you work on that will improve your performance and success in multiple areas? I believe that improving your spoken word communication, will help you develop and excel in many ways including – boosting your confidence, raising your presence and visibility, enhancing your personal brand, developing your charisma, and building your credibility and leadership influence.

As a leader you want to be visible, self-assured and a great communicator. You have got a message to share, and an opportunity to share it by giving public speeches. Whether your message is about business, a cause you care about, or some other type of communication—your message won’t be well-received if you don’t present it well. If you’re not already an excellent public speaker, or you consider yourself to be ordinary, why not master the art of public speaking to become outstanding?

All the world’s a stage – William Shakespeare

Three ways to get better at public speaking

Speak More

Say yes to every opportunity to speak, even if it makes you feel uncomfortable. Be proactive and strategically seek out opportunities to speak. Don’t wait to be asked or until you feel you are more experienced. Do it now! Speaking is serving, and there are people who will benefit from hearing your message.

Get a coach and be coachable

If you want to fast track your spoken word communication, then work with a coach. I recommend you choose a coach who is not only a skilled teacher of the craft but also is in the public speaking arena themselves at a professional level. When you are coachable you are ready to do what it takes to excel including, putting in the work to self-review, prepare and practice. You are open to listening to feedback and willing to take a look at your own performance in order to improve it. When you commit to the work and you have the right coach you will get results and experience a transformation.

Practice often

There are no shortcuts to practice. It takes time to become masterful at public speaking and it requires dedicated and targeted practice. The 10,000 hours rule coined by Malcom Gladwell was taken out of context and is widely misquoted. It’s quality practice rather than the time spent doing something. When I wanted to learn to play golf, I couldn’t find a left-handed coach. I practised and practised but still didn’t improve. When I eventually found the right coach, my technique improved. I had been putting in the hours but I had been practising the wrong thing.

Not sure if a public speaking coach is right for you? I am happy to have a chat with you to find out what your current level of speaking is and what your goals are. Book a time to chat here or drop me an email lisa@speakingsavvy.com.au


About the author

Lisa Evans helps professionals to craft compelling business stories and become exceptional speakers. Lisa is a certified speaker coach, TEDx speaker coach, four times author, NLP practitioner, graphic recorder and visual storyteller, and improvisational actor. 

She has coached thousands of leaders across a range of industries, including resources, banking, finance, engineering, retail and sales as well as not-for-profit and community associations. 

If you wish to take advantage of a complimentary session in order to chat about how you can become an exceptional and successful speaker with a stand-out brand, then use this link to book a time to chat.

Here’s how I may help you

My services include:

Business Storytelling Coaching – together we can get started to create your suite of stories.

Executive Speaker Coaching – if you have an upcoming guest speaking opportunity, funding pitch, conference talk or you want to be an outstanding speaker, we can work together on your technique. You will see the results after one session.

Tailored Workshops – I can come to you, or we can host a workshop offsite for your team. From half-day to two-days immersive, this customised workshop is an ideal way to kick start your business storytelling strategy and get the whole team telling stories.

Keynote/Guest Speaking either in person or via virtual means at your next conference or event.