Public Speaking Talent or Skill?

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Is public speaking a talent or a skill?

Talent: a special natural ability or aptitude

Skill: the ability, coming from one’s knowledge, practice, aptitude, etc., to do something well

If you think of public speaking as a talent, and it’s one you don’t believe you have, you will fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others who have (what you perceive to be) “natural talent.” You will see yourself as inferior in some way. You will convince yourself that you can never be as good as whoever it is that you are comparing yourself to.

If you think of public speaking as a talent, and one you do have, you might think you don’t need to work at it, because you’re a “natural.”

If you see it as a skill and recognise that everyone has to put in the time and effort to improve, you will get better.

Yes, there are people who have some natural talent. But every great speaker has had to work at it, and continues to work on those skills every day. Talent may give someone a foundation, but training is what makes a complete speaker.

Whether or not you have “talent,” develop your skill by practicing – and by taking every opportunity to speak.

Would you like to change how you feel about public speaking?

Are you scared of being the centre of attention? Suffer from stage fright?

Do you want to change your fear of public speaking and be far more comfortable about having everyone’s eyes on you?

In the HypnoHut, we specialise in helping people overcome nerves, teach them how to prepare themselves mentally, how to practice. Whether you see it as a talent or a skill we can help you be a better speaker whether it be to small groups or large audiences.

You really CAN change the way you speak and feel in front of people. We can help you to learn how to be more self-confident. Come for a free initial consultation in the HypnoHut and discover for yourself how we can help.

But, I will add, if you ever stop feeling an adrenaline rush or a sense of nervous energy before speaking, that is the time to seek help. Never get blase about presentations. Nerves channelled properly are good!


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