Public speaking is the number one fear in the world… people say they would rather even die before having to get up in front of a crowd and having to say a few worlds!
Jay Leno once said, “I guess we’d rather be in the casket than delivering the eulogy.” — and for more people, that’s true!
For anyone that’s made an effort to attend various marketing conferences throughout the year, I’m sure you get to see a lot of speakers… many of which are probably mediocre and boring, while some clearly stand out from the crowd and leave a lasting impression in your mind forever.
Gary Vaynerchuck is one of those speakers that leaves a lasting impression in your mind.
Why? Mostly because he is just so damn good at it…
Gary doesn’t use slides, he uses passion and personal experiences to relate with his audience, while also delivering a powerful message.
He also knows what he’s talking about…. and confidence is everything.
If you want to be a great speaker, you need to learn from the best, so in this article we are going to look at five different quotes from Gary that will help us all better understand why great speakers are great, while also improving our focus and skills to become a better speaker in the process.
5 Tips from Gary Vaynerchuk on How to be an Awesome Speaker
As mentioned earlier, when it comes to public speaking… self esteem and confidence is everything.
So you’ve already spoken at an event or conference for free, and now you want to get paid for an upcoming event? Paid speakers are “paid” because they know how and have the branding to fill seats. If you aren’t at this level yet… keep killing it til you are!
There are two types of speakers out there… the ones who wing it and the ones who prepare months and month in advance for their session. If you aren’t preparing for your event, you simply don’t care about your message or how it’s going to be perceived by others. This isn’t a conversation — this is war!
If you are going to speak at an upcoming conference or event, there’s a pretty good chance that you are going to be competing against other speakers and sessions as well. Why should anyone come to your session?
One of the greatest things about the internet is that ANYONE can become an entrepreneur, famous or even a millionaire pretty much behind the scenes.
By this I mean that you can pretty much do it all from behind a computer screen. Just look at Mark Zuckerberg, he’s pretty nerdy and quiet guy. Yes, he’s out there and occasionally does public speaking because of his prominent position, but the need to be an extrovert to be success, is no longer required.
How to become a better public speaker
You can listen to great public speakers all the time and pick up a few pointers here and there, but at the end of the day the best way to become a better speaker is to practice — even Gary was a mediocre speaker at one point early on in his career and life, and he simply got better and more passionate with time.
When preparing for your next public speaking event, be sure to take the time to know your material, practice and own the room — remember, everyone in the room is there to hear what you have to say!