October 26, 2017

How To Practice Public Speaking On Your Own (2)

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How can you practice your public speaking skills on your own? Here is one thing to remember - speak only about what you know. Leave the rest for other people. It's that easy. Previously, I listed your achievements, your education, your family and your hobbies and interests as areas where you can take advantage of speaking only about what you know

Today I will show you four more areas you can exploit to sharpen your public speaking skills on your own.

Life lessons

Have you done a good deed for someone only to have been repaid with ingratitude? What did you learn? Are you a survivor of a broken heart? What did the experience teach you? My father once told me about an acquaintance who preferred the company of dogs to human beings. I am sure that decision came about as a result of something that person had experienced. Everybody, including you, goes through things that upon reflection can teach valuable lessons. Think about the lessons you have gleaned from your experiences and challenge yourself to deliver a 5 minute speech on those lessons.


What are you passionate about? What causes do you throw your heart and soul into without thinking about the cost or time involved? What activities would you willingly do for free without any thought of monetary reward? Your passions are unique to you and so it stands to reason that only you can talk about them with authority and…yes…passion! Even without any public speaking experience and with just a little thought, I am confident you can speak eloquently about the things that fire you up.

Travel experience

Does your job involve travelling around the continent? What stories can you share about missed connections and difficult passengers? Did you travel a lot when you were young because your father was a public servant who was often transferred? What languages did you pick up? Are you someone who delights in travelling around the country for leisure purposes? What have you done on those trips? Your personal travel experiences are rich material for designing a speech which you can deliver even with zero experience.

Work experience

When did you start working? How many jobs have you held since graduating from school? Which of your jobs has been the most rewarding? Who was your worst boss? If you work, you spend at least 40 hours a week on your job. That amount of time should provide you with a wealth of experiences you can tap into for creating an interesting talk.

You now have eight subject areas where you have intimate knowledge and around which you can practice building eight different speeches on your own. They are:

  • Your achievements
  • Your education and training
  • Your family
  • Your hobbies and interests
  • Your life lessons
  • Your passions
  • Your travel experience
  • Your work experience.
  • Think about these areas of your life which will be very familiar to you. List key points or experiences under each heading. Then speak about them naturally as if you were recounting a story to a good friend.