Run – don’t walk – to see The King’s Speech if you haven’t already. I was blown away! I guess a lot of people were since it won the best picture Oscar. I saw the film last Monday. On Tuesday morning I announced that Graceworks was going on a field trip to the movies! (Sweet perk of working here.) Anyway, this true story touched me so. There is nothing more beautiful to me than seeing a person set free.
I was stunned by how many things resonated with our approach to coaching – way back in 1930! Here are a few take-aways from the film that I hope will build your confidence as a public speaker:
Remember to dance! It’s not only fun, but using your body – getting physical – will relax you, free you, make you less nervous and bring wonderful energy to your presentation. Bertie danced, swayed, rolled around and danced some more – it helped him! What about you?
Focus on your story. In Bertie’s first coaching session, his therapist used music as a way to focus Bertie’s mind. It caused him to take the attention off himself (how he sounded) and place it instead on telling his story. Fix your mind on helping your listeners get your message, and your fear will melt away, as Bertie’s did.
You have a voice. Oh yes you do. A glorious, must-be-heard voice. Your voice comes from deep within – from talking straight from your heart. It’s about being personal. It’s about trusting to be big and bold. Its about sharing your gifts with others.
I hope you see this film and it encourages you as it did me. Please zip me an email and let me know what you think.
One more thing – check out these links to the back-story about the making of this film. It will blow you away even more!