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It happens—change, that is.  Sometimes it’s intentional and we have advance notice and sometimes it seems to occur out of the blue and we have little to no time to prepare.  Either way, we all know that change is inevitable, so I recommend we accept it and try to move on.

Perhaps the most noticeable change that we all recently encountered (and are still encountering) was due to COVID-19.  This virus produced significant changes in our health, well-being of our family members, personal and professional relationships, stability of our finances, and in the economic and work environment.  You probably have additional issues but those are the ones with which I’m the most familiar.

So how do we manage change of any sort, I wondered.

An article in Psychology Today written by Abigail Brenner, M.D. offered helpful insights which I hope provides you with some options. [Each of the tips she presents have a crossover to public speaking, which I’ll explain and is why I’m writing this blog.]

Dr. Brenner recommends the five “Ps”:

1. Patience:  When I coach my public speaking clients I always discuss the virtue of how to be patient with yourself.  That includes the realization that incorporating the changes of public speaking are new for most people so allow for your learning curve, which tends to be unique to each speaker. Some of my clients make speaking changes quickly while others take longer.  There isn’t a right or wrong amount of time.

2. Persistence: When speaking in public, I suggest my clients persist despite obstacles or mistakes they may make. Consistently trying is vitally important and ultimately leads to fulfillment.

3. Practice: As with any new behavior, practice is a necessity.  Therefore, I often recommend that my clients opt to “chunk” parts of their presentation/speech and work on smaller units vs. the entire content. Breaking up your practice is essential.

4. Positivity: The only way to maintain a positive attitude is to realize that your efforts are meaningful, even those that don’t bring about desired results immediately.  One’s mindset or outlook is what truly counts.

5. Purpose: My clients often hear me referring to intention.  In my view, intention is synonymous with purpose.  Having a clear or focused goal is critical to our success.  It’s the only way we know if our intention needs to be modified or altered in any way.

These five points developed by Dr. Brenner have enormous value in the realm of public speaking. My impetus was to share my comments as they relate to professionals who want to sound their best.

If you’d like to review, comment, or ask me any questions relative to the changes of public speaking, I’m here for you.  Please reach out either by calling 518-664-6004 or writing dale@profitablespeech.com