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Raphael from Empower Audio sent me a really nice email which is quite cool of him, shared a service the readers here might enjoy, and asked for some feedback. It's good stuff, let's get started -

Hi Sebastian,

I hope you are doing well.

I just wanted to say thanks for your blog and your helpful attitude on HN. I've mostly lurked but there were several points you've made on HN that really helped tip me out of a downward spiral (just getting started doing something instead of trying to make a huge ordeal about it), and I've found your blog quite good as well.

I was struggling with discipline and read your comment on HN suggesting to someone to just get started doing some small little piece, like taking a 5 minute walk. I immediately decided to take a walk and start doing so every morning. For the last 3-4 months since then, that one little thing has made such a huge difference it's really quite remarkable. I go on my walk every morning and listen to either podcasts or audiobooks.

5 Ways To Improve Your Public Speaking Skills Without Practicing

On Cameron Chardukian

A little disclaimer before you check out today’s blog post/video. Improving your public speaking without having to practice is definitely too good to be true to some extent. Although you can reach a passable level of public speaking where you’re not embarrassed to put out content, or give speeches (the level I’m at now), you’ll never become an elite speaker without thousands of hours of deliberate practice. With that being said, I think the majority of people will find the tips below extremely useful, and you’ll be able to significantly improve your speaking skills if you apply them.

1. Know your material. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to memorize your speech or even have an outline, though those can definitely be useful. The most important thing is you having a deep understanding of the most difficult concepts and nuisances of your topic. You should know you material backwards, forwards, and even inside-out. If you can't explain your thoughts to a five year old you're probably not ready to give a speech on that topic.

2. Be Passionate About What You're Saying. Don't seek validation from the crowd. You should believe what you're saying is so valuable that you're able to give off a passionate vibe and naturally captivate the audience's attention through the law of state transference. When you’re passionate enough about a topic your audience will naturally be drawn into your frame.

3. Be congruent to your mood. If you're under slept and you find the whole world hilarious then give a comedy speech and rattle off a bunch of jokes. If you're in the forest after having spent the last hour meditating then give a calm, relaxed speech. When you give your speeches from a place of congruence the audience can naturally tell you're being completely genuine and they'll connect with you on a much deeper level. Don't try to impress your audience by giving a certain type of speech just because you'll think they'll like it. People can tell when you're being fake, and ironically people are most impressed by those that aren't trying to impress them.

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