Question: Having gone through six separate speech contests this year, what lessons have you learned from competitive speaking? The thing I learned most from competitive speaking is that you have to stay genuine.
Question: Studying other speakers and developing self-awareness are necessary to grow as a speaker. What do you consider your greatest strengths as a speaker? How about weaknesses: what speaking skills or habits are you currently striving to improve? My greatest strength as a speaker is the ability to stay truthful. I find my message and I let my words guide me from there. Also, I don’t try to become too staged. I work to have a conversation with the audience not a one-act play.
Question: What other advice can you give to Six Minutes readers who are striving to become more confident and effective speakers? To become a better speaker I encourage people to just practice, practice, practice. You have to get comfortable in your own skin.