Below is the email Lance sent:
Here is the link to the video mentioned in Lance's email: http://youtu.be/_tqRyzTvNKEHappy New Year!There is a saying that success comes from not What you know, it is Who you know.But can you Say what you know to who you know when the times comes?Below is a 1 minute video clip from yesterday's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Samsung is holding a press conference introducing their new 110" Ultra High Definition curved television. Industry experts are saying this TV could actually threaten the cinema industry.Samsung has brought in Michael Bay, noted Hollywood producer of Transformers, Armageddon and Pearl Harbor to promote the magnificence of their new product.It is a huge moment for Samsung, a huge moment for Michael Bay!Unfortunately, not the type of huge moment either wanted. Michael walks off the stage, unable to think or speak, when the teleprompter fails.Notice how well the host handles the situation as compared to how poorly Michael Bay does: [video goes here]This could happen to any of us. We have an opportunity speak out and make a difference in a meeting, our business, our community, our career?? But we choke!Communication skills are some of the most important skills we can develop. Public Speaking is a muscle. To keep them strong we need to exercise them regularly. If you want to be a speaker - you have to SPEAK!One more thing -Success is What you know + WHO you know + being able to Say it!Stay Strong!Sincerely,Lance Miller2005 World Champion of Public Speaking
Lance makes an excellent point: public speaking is a skill that requires constant work. Unless we use our public speaking muscle, atrophy will set in and we can become victims of malfunctioning equipment or brain-freeze.
Speaking opportunities are everywhere: at social gatherings, at the dinner table, at meetings, in the gym, at a park — as a public speaker we must be alert to these unexpected gems and take advantage of them when they come. If you are a Toastmaster, you need to sign up to give speeches and volunteer to speak whenever the opportunity arises. Do you have a "pocket" speech, one that you can give on a moment's notice? Are you constantly working on a speech, whether it be a new one or an old one that needs revisions?
Speaking in public is an honor and something that we must take seriously. Preparation and practice are essential to any speaker. Our audience deserves our best effort every time we stand before them.
Mark Twain's words come to mind: ""It takes me about three weeks to write an impromptu speech".
Ryan Avery, 2012 World Champion of Public Speaking, constantly reminds us that we speak to serve others with the power of our words.