Neil deGrasse Tyson is a Great Public Speaker. Here’s His Secret.

“Ninety percent of the sentences that come out of my mouth [are ones that] I have previously written down — Neil deGrasse Tyson.

You can plan your way out of a public speaking nightmare. Just write. A lot.

Speaking in front of an audience is frightening. It is a fear I’ve been trying to overcome for as long as I can remember. I’m still not great at speaking in front of an audience. But it’s refreshing to know there are actions I can take to get better.

Here are some writing-specific actions you can take to get better at speaking in front of people.

  1. Know your material well. This is a no-brainer. If you are going to talk about it in a presentation-type setting, there’s no getting around this fact. Think of ANY individuals you believe are great at speaking. They are usually experts in their field. In most cases, they’ve written their way to expertise. Writing is thinking. Writing in public takes this further by adding an element of accountability. Social writing is the new “peer-review” process.
  2. Script transitions, fillers, and typical conversation formats. Becoming an expert through writing could take years. You shouldn’t have to wait this long to speak up. In the more close-knit setting of a company meeting, you may have to voice concerns about the topic of discussion. However, in a public forum where anyone can chime in, you’ll want to have a few things scripted. This will provide some consistency and make it seem like you know what you’re talking about.
  3. Start small. I cannot stress this enough. Start with smaller groups (or even individuals). Use every meeting as an opportunity to practice speaking.

Speaking in front of an audience can be a scary experience, but it’s one that we can all get better at with practice.

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I am a reader and writer. I love to read and write about family, pets, and life. Reading philosophy is my least favorite thing to do, but someone has to do it.

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