I recently finished Steven King’s masterpiece, The Green Mile. He did an interesting experiment when writing it – releasing it as 6 “novelettes,” one at a time. After all 6 parts were in circulation, he sold it as a box set.
Reading it became an unexpectedly fun experience at my house; my daughter got started on it first. She was halfway through book 3 before I started. I flew through books 1 and 2, staying just a book behind for about a week. Then my husband started book 1. Much to her dismay, while Elizabeth was at an overnight, I passed her up. I finished the whole series (and received a “mad face” emoji from her as a result). She finished a few days later, and my husband is nearing the end now.
The point is, it was fun to read it together in this way, and different than anything I’d done before. No hogging one big book. Instead we’d ask each other, “where are you now?” and “could you believe it when Percy did that to the mouse?” We talked about it. Interacted. Peppered the living room with novelettes. We read it separately, but together.
I’m no Stephen King, but I took this approach and wrote a blog series on public speaking tips. But how to deliver it as a “set?” Each post can be found on my blog, sure, but it’s a bit of a pain to search for them all and get the full picture. So I’m going “Stephen King style” to publish 3 related posts in one place, right here.
My regular posts are titled “[On] Point to Ponder.” Along those lines, this and future blog series are titled [On] Points to Ponder.” This one is The “How to Nail It” Blog Series. Read it one blog at a time. Or all three from start to finish. Share it with colleagues, employees, others on your team (if you speak on or as a team). See who finishes first.
This series takes the most common feedback I provide to speakers on how to improve. More than anything, read and apply. It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, what your specialty or expertise is, what your product does. It all starts with the Speaker-Audience-Message triangle. And although context and content may differ between speakers, I provide a lot of the same tips to all of them. So review, absorb, and take them with you.
Stay tuned! More [On] Points to Ponder Blog Series are coming. How to achieve “Rock Star” delivery. Core Values and why they matter. Mastering non-verbal communication. How to practice, rehearse and visualize.
Until then, I welcome your feedback on Series #1, The “I Nailed It!” Blog Series (a feeling which, incidentally, is the #1 On Point Core Value. But more on that later…)
Cindy Skalicky is an expert public speaking coach, brand consultant and the owner of On Point Communications, LLC. She coaches speakers on storytelling techniques, speech writing, delivery, and overall content development. Master the Message. Learn more at www.onpoint-communications.com or contact Cindy at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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