Nothing’s perfect and people are more likely to be appreciated for who they really are than pretending to be something they’re not, according to public speaking expert Bill Wackermann.
As the corporate hospitality market experiences healthy growth, many businesses will hand-pick representatives to speak at corporate venues around the UK. In his recently released text – entitled ‘Flip the Script’ – Bill Wackermann told those less experienced in addressing a crowd to forget their mistakes.
Using the construction of New York city as an example, Mr Wackermann told ‘Tom’, a businessman with confidence issues, that no thing is ever perfect. When nervous, Tom was told to remember the quote: ‘New York would be an incredible place if they just finished building it.’
The excerpt was cited in an article at fastcompany.com, with Mr Wackermann going on the explain: “People still love New York with all its noise and mistakes and you have to have faith in yourself that others will love you and appreciate you even if you make a mistake every now and again.”
The reading also saw the public speaking expert advise his subject to look at the back of a wall when speaking, rather than directly into the eyes of those in attendance. Mr Wackermann said this should help speakers feel more comfortable, as would memorising the opening lines of a speech.
As well as books from the likes of Mr Wackermann, a number of blogs have been recently posted about the art of public speaking. In fact, one published earlier this week saw business advisor and marketer Issamar Ginzberg hand jpost.com readers seven tips on how to get the most out of a speech.
In a similar approach to the one by taken Wackermann, Ms Ginzberg attempted to give entrepreneurs a confidence boost by stating that their speech always had worth, stating: “What you are saying is news to someone.”