What does practice make?

If you’re like most people, your automatic response to that question will likely be ‘perfect’, but actually that’s not the case.

Many years ago when I was playing badminton (Leinster Squad, but I don’t like to brag) one of our coaches said something that has stuck with me ever since. He said ‘Practice does NOT make perfect, it makes permanent’. His theory was that if you practice ‘wrong’ or practice doing something wrong, you’re never going to get it perfect, you’re just going to make that wrong thing permanent, like a bad habit.

This is the case with many communication skills issues, and negatively impacts on many people who give a speech, do a presentation or attend an interview. In short, they have practiced wrong, and instead of having their skills perfectly honed for the big event, they have simply made bad habits permanent.

Learn how to practice right through visualisation and make that good habits permanent, then maybe you’ll be a little closer to ‘perfect’ on the day.

Call today on 085 1056699 or get all the details for the next course HERE

Why public speaking is like playing Rugby

For the day that’s in it (Come on Ireland!), I thought I would look at the similarities between preparing for a crucial six nations rugby match, and preparing for a wedding speech, a presentation or a job interview. At first glance, there may seem to be no connection, but let’s dig a bit deeper.

Irish Rugby

In order to perform at your best, you need to change the way you think about the task you’re performing. Some people talk about this in terms of a paradigm shift. Once you change the way you see the challenge, you can’t help but change the way you approach it. Is your presentation, interview or speech a performance? Yes, it absolutely is.

So, Ireland have a big game coming up against Scotland. Do they just rock up to Murrayfield and hope that everything will be ok? Absolutely not. How many times have you heard a commentator say ‘Straight off the Training Ground’ when a will executed move results in a score? How much have we heard over the last number of weeks about how meticulous Joe Schmidt is about his preparation and analysis. How much of the hard work is done before the team ever walks out onto the field  at 2.30 this afternoon?

Ask yourself this, If your speech was a rugby match, what would you do to prepare for it? How much would you practice, how well would you be drilled. If your job interview was a rugby match, would you have analysed previous performances and practiced and rehearsed answers to the most common questions (What are your weaknesses? Outline a time when you achieved something in your role that involved overcoming obstacles…).

You can’t just leave things to chance and assume things will work out. If you could, the Irish team would have just said ‘Hey, we’re professional rugby players, we’ll just rock up to Murrayfield and do what we do and it will be fine’. They haven’t, and you shouldn’t.

Find out how you can prepare for your wedding speech, interview or presentation by calling 085 1056699 or find details of the next Make That Speech Course HERE

Make A Good First Impression

As the saying goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression.

Make sure you’re making the right one by learning skills and techniques that will enable you to capture attention and make a positive impact with your opening statements.

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What Can We Learn About Public Speaking From Professional Golfers?

Take a look at this clip of the number 1 ranked golfer in the world today, Rory McIlroy:

Actually, you can find similar videos for Tiger Woods, Phil Mickleson and almost every other top layer on the tour on youtube right now.

Rory McIlroy became world number 1 in 2013 and promptly missed the cut in his next 3 events, and lost the world number 1 Spot.

So what we can we learn from the golfers?

Firstly, the sometimes you are going to have a bad day. In the case of a golfer, that doesn’t make you a bad golfer. Likewise, in the case of someone give a presentation or doing some form of Public Speaking, if, for whatever reason it doesn’t go as well as you would like, that does not inherently make you  bad at it. Too many people have one bad experience with Public Speaking, take that as conclusive proof that they aren’t good at it, and go out of their way to avoid doing it in the future. The fact that it went bad once, doesn’t mean it will or always has to go badly in the future.

Secondly, the importance of your mental state in your ability to perform. That’s equally applicable to Public Speaking (and almost every other endeavour) as it is to Golf. It’s pretty obvious that Rory McIlroy is an amazing golfer, but if his head’s not right, by his own admission, the golf’s not right either.

Thirdly, the importance of visualisation. Here’s what golfing legend Nick Faldo had to say about what makes Rory McIlroy so special and why is such a prodigious talent:

“But what I believe is his golfing DNA gift is his visualisation. I had to teach visualisation to myself but he’s got it naturally.

You just watch the way he looks at things. You watch the way he lines up bunker shots. He’s trying to hole them. He can see the perfect shot in his mind – and then can so often produce it.”


What Can We Learn About Public Speaking From Henry Ford?

Though the quote is variously reported, quoted and misquoted, Henry Ford is reported to have said some variation of the following:

Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're probably right, Henry Ford Quote

How does this apply to Public Speaking?

Well if you approach any situation in the frame of mind “I can’t do this”, then you are probably going to be right. It wont go well, or at least not as well as it could do. Worse again, your belief that you can’t speak well in public becomes a self fulfilling prophecy, that is to say, you say “I can’t to it”, which sets you up to fail before you begin, then when you do fail (partly or wholly because of your negative state of mind) you see that as proof that you are right, and say “See, I told you I couldn’t do it”

What you think massively and heavily influences how you feel, and your ability to carry out any given task.

If you think “I can do this” from the outset, your chances of success at your chosen task are much greater than a starting position of “I can’t do this”

On a Make That Speech course, we work to break the negativity cycle and help you move from a negative ‘can’t’ position to a positive and empowering ‘can’ position using NLP techniques and hypnosis.

To find out more and to see if this approach can work for you, phone 085 10556699 or click here for details on the next Make That Speech public speaking course

How We Do It

Ryan conducts group sessions to ensure that you get the best possible public speaking coaching at an affordable price. Groups are strictly limited to a maximum of 15 per course, and the cost is €99 per person for a full one day session. During the day you will learn NLP skills and techniques, together with communications skills and tricks which will ensure you complete the day with confidence in your ability to speak in public and are given the opportunity to do so in a safe and encouraging environment.

What We Do

We specialise in helping you overcome your fear or anxiety of public speaking. We will teach you communication skills and techniques that are proven to be effective and that can be learned, practiced and continually improved on by anybody, anywhere. Yes, that includes YOU! These skills are for life and will help you improve your confidence generally and specifically enable you to be free of the fear and anxiety that may have held you back and stopped you from achieving your true potential.