Happy belated Labor Day. Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. That may be you or someone you know. Actually, did you know that the first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City? Now that you have that part of history under your belt, let’s move on.

The great majority of American workers (as well as human beings across the world) need to communicate at some point in time. That may and often does require public speaking. The question is does that mean your efforts should be labor intensive vs. a labor of love? Too often we assume that conducting a meeting or presentation will require immense effort (or labor) and subsequently we’re inclined to avoid all that hard work, especially if we have any angst about public speaking.

As a Corporate Communication & Speech Specialist since 1994, my experience is that developing and delivering a presentation falls into both categories. By this I mean it often feels as though it’s labor intensive especially at the outset, however when we’re passionate about the topic, it’s also a labor of love. In fact, I’ve found that a sprinkling of both sentiments is quite advantageous for speakers.

By enlisting the assistance of an experienced Communication Specialist, you can readily develop an approach that will transfer to any speaking situation. My clients are often delighted when they realize this has occurred because then they no longer feel they’re “reinventing the wheel.” While they may need to front load their time initially, they can reapply these principles to future presentations. This is because they become more seasoned and put their experience to good use. As far as being passionate about the topic, although desirable, I realize that isn’t always the case. The good news is that once you have an approach that works well, you may find you get more invested in your topic. I’ve seen this occur for many of my clients.

So in closing, as you reflect on Labor Day, give some thought to your day-to-day communication. When you’re ready to decrease the feeling of it being labor intensive and increase the feelings of labor of love, let’s talk. Together, we will achieve your goals.