The Speaker as Giver
In the March 27 NYT magazine piece, “Is Giving the Secret to Getting Ahead?”, Susan Dominus profiles Adam Grant, the youngest tenured and highest rated professor at Wharton.
Grant centers his work on the idea that having a mind-set of giving to others not only brings fulfillment, but is also the most effective way to advance professionally:
Taking on this attitude as a speaker, can be extremely helpful.
One of the main reasons we get so nervous in front of an audience, is that we are focused on what they think of us. “Will they like me?” is the speaker’s most common source of anxiety.
You can greatly reduce this anxiety simply by shifting the focus – away from yourself – and onto what you want to give to the audience.
From the Green Room: By taking focusing on sharing a gift with the audience, you will be less nervous AND more effective at communicating your message.
And guess what? The audience will like you more!