The Internal Battlefield of Public Speaking: Part Two
The Internal Battlefield of Public Speaking
Sun Tzu Principle: “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.”
As public speaker, you are fighting a war on two fronts. In the last podcast, we started talking about the Internal War and today I want to finish it off.
Brain Tracy says that “Fully 85 percent of your success as a leader will be determined by your ability to communicate effectively with others.”
I know that he specifically said ‘leader’ – so let me quickly clear up any misunderstanding.
If you ever find yourself standing, or sitting, in some cases, and you are talking… then you are at that moment in time… a leader. How is this? To quote John Maxwell, “Leadership is Influence. Always has been and always will”! End quote.
So, we have Brian Tracy and John Maxwell… let me go even deeper… Aristotle. Your job as a communicator, as a public speaker, according to Aristotle… “is to influence change.”
So, following this line… leadership is influence and the purpose of all communication is to influence… 85% of your success will be determined by your ability to communicate effectively with others.
That means what goes on inside you will have an impact outside of you. If you are not confident inside, then this will show through your body and your eyes and your audience will feel it.
I’ve seen people lose it on the platform because the inner game shut down. The Internal War consumed them. Platform Pressure overwhelmed Platform Presence and when they walked off the platform, their credibility and reputation lay gasping for air on the floor.
Here’s the action thought of the day… When you feel the battle for the ‘Inner Game’ is being lost here’s what you do. First, just stop… stop and smile, move towards your audience, make eye contact with one person, then engage that person in a conversation.
Remember, you’re the one who has done the homework. You’re the one who has diagnosed the intel and organised the content for delivery. Winning the Internal War always starts with reconnaissance.