With the previous entry, we looked at how what you are focusing on matters, and the importance of focusing on your audience's needs and wants.
There is another aspect of focus that is equally important.
It is all about not focusing on your mistakes (whether you are making lots of them or none of them). Many people focus on giving that perfect presentation, free from "um's" and "ah's," "false starts" or grammatical errors. I have seen many of these people speak, and it seems to me they believe they are giving the "perfect speech." However, in many cases, because they are looking so intently at what they don't want to do, they lose the freshness, energy, and life force they could otherwise be conveying to their audience.
It is important to recognize that certain elements of speech - like "um's" and "ah's" - can get in the way of the effective delivery of your message. However, the other extreme - being too "perfect" - can also get in the way. Look at some of the best speakers in the world. Most of them make a lot of mistakes in terms of grammar and other things like that, but you don't even notice because they are doing such a great job of sharing their message by dynamically and authentically expressing themselves. Dr. Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech comes to mind.
This principle can work either for you or against you. Be aware of it, and practice using it to your (and your audience's) ultimate advantage. It's up to you.
I hope this finds you well in all respects, and steadily increasing in your skill as a speaker and presenter. Let me know how you're doing - I'd love to hear from you.
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