public and general
To make it official, I will be giving a talk at the Art & Life Project in the coming week, and will be giving a talk at my own wedding in early September.
I know this is probably a big change compared to the usual posts, but I decided that I’d like to give a more concrete and tangible reason for this. And while I know this would never make it into a blog post, I think it’s important to get it out there now. So, here it goes…
We can all guess what the big topic of discussion was. The topic of public speaking.
I want to talk about the importance of public speaking to our life and to our art. For the last decade, I’ve been an “art critic” and a “public speaker” in my career. But I’d like to say that I’ve had a lot of opportunity to speak to large groups of people about the arts. And I’ve gotten some great feedback from people who want to learn more about the arts. And I’ve had some great feedback from people who are interested in the arts.
The point I was trying to make is that public speaking is a skill that, like any other skill, takes practice. It takes practice to be able to communicate clearly and persuasively. And while there are plenty of books that can show you how to talk, I’d like to give you some suggestions that are very easy to understand and that will help you improve your speaking.
The first thing that you need to do is learn to be able to speak clearly. You have a few options: You can read books on the topic in question, listen to lectures, or listen to the online public speaking community. The more effective and efficient way to learn how to speak is by doing it. Go to a class, attend a live presentation, or watch a recorded one. There are many ways to improve your speaking, and it’s one of the most efficient.
The best way to learn how to speak well is to speak to an audience. Learning this skill will improve your speaking, and will actually improve your confidence in it. If you’re in a group setting, be sure to speak to the entire group. You’ll learn more effective ways to speak and how to respond to questions, and will increase your knowledge and confidence.
A well-prepared speaker is able to get through a presentation without being interrupted or having to change anything at the same time. So if youre in a small group, and youre comfortable talking, you might prefer to speak after the presentation. But if youre speaking in front of an audience, you should practice beforehand to be sure you’re prepared for anything.
If youre a public speaker, you can generally expect to be interrupted by at least one question during the speech. You can also expect to be pulled into personal conversation with your audience as well. This is a good time to remember the importance of not giving speeches in front of strangers, or to be yourself in public.