I recently read Guy Kawasaki’s How to Get a Standing Ovation. He makes a number of good points, such as:
Here’s the way to heighten your audience’s concern for you: circulate with the audience before the speech. Meet people. Talk to them. Let them make contact with you. Especially the ones in the first few rows; then, when you’re on the podium, you’ll see these friendly faces. Your confidence will soar. You will relax. And you will be great.
I do a fair bit of public speaking, and people tell me I’m good at it (it’s difficult, of course, to get an unbiased opinion). I’d like to do more, because I enjoy it and it’s interesting work. As such, I’d like to get better at doing it. Practice is the best teacher, and I’m getting plenty of that. However, there are surely other methods of improving. Do you think I should go to Toastmasters?
I ask because my impression of Toastmasters is that it’s a bunch of noobs trying to overcome their desperate fear of speaking in front of 10 people. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s not for me. I want to go from being a 6th Level Speechifier to a 10th Level Barbarian of Oration. Will Toastmasters help me with that, or is there some more appropriate alternative?