People want to improve their speaking skills so they can influence, persuade, and win. But very few want to put in the time to improve this skill. As you know, there are no short cuts to developing and mastering any skills. Ben Hogan, a great American professional golfer, when asked what was his secret to success in golf? He would point to the ground and say, "it's all in the dirt." He meant that unless you engage in deliberate practice in pounding many golf balls every day, you are not going to improve your game.
This applies to speaking skills. My "hoganese" answer to this is "It's all in the videos." I will show you what you can do in the next thirty days to set yourself apart from the rest in improving your speaking skills. It will be hard in the beginning, but after thirty days, you will be able to speak to anyone, anytime, anywhere. Are you ready to improve this skill?
What is the 30-Day Challenge?
You will record a three-minute video on any topics for 30 straight days. It is that simple. Unfortunately, I can't even get people to record even one three-minute speech. I have found when I talk to the audience, and I ask how many will record one three-minute speech, all the hands typically go up. But do you know what percentage actually do it? Just one percent. That's right. Even with smartphone cameras, it is tough for people to record a simple three-minute speech.
For example, I recently coached a job candidate. I asked him if he can put together a 3-minute speech on why someone should talk to him about the value he can bring to a company. He said it should be easy since all he had to do was record it on his iPhone. I told him about the low percentage of people who actually follow through. He said he will definitely do it. Since I didn't get his video the next day, I sent him a script to make it easier. A week has gone by, and I still have not received his three-minute video. So as you can see, it looks simple, but it id very hard in practice.
Why take the 30-Day Challenge?
Here are some of the benefits of taking this Challenge:
What process to use to record a three-minute speech?
I used the following process when I recorded my speeches. I spent no more than one hour on each speech.
Note, you can always go back and redo a speech after you finish the 3/30 Challenge or make it unlisted or private on YouTube.
Examples of 30 speeches from the 30-Day Challenge
Here are my 30+ speeches:
Title: The 3/30 Challenge to Improve Your Speaking Skills
Title: Who should you NOT listen to in order to become an excellent speaker?
Title: How do you answer 'what do you do' question?
Title: Lesson learned from "The Peanuts" Movie
Title: Networking Tip for Professionals
Title: Networking Tip for Amateurs
Title: Don't purchase anything you are not going to use right away
Title: Secret to Donald Trump's success with the media
Title: Analysis of a scene from the movie Godfather II -- Part 1
Title: Analysis of a scene from the movie Godfather II -- Part 2
Title: Analysis of a scene from the movie Godfather II -- part 3
Title: Giving attribution in a speech
Title: Why you don't want to give a flawless speech?
Title: How a three-minute speech can save you time, money and energy?
Title: Interview Tip for Amateurs: What if the key decision maker can't meet with you?
Title: Interview Tip for Pros: What if the key decision maker can't meet with you?
Title: Difference between a solopreneur versus an employee
Title: The 60/30/10 Principle of Sales
Title: Importance of coaching
Title: How Under Armour motivated my son to exercise?
Title: When did Barack Obama know he could be the president in 2008?
Title: Job Interview Tip: Resume candidate vs. Potential candidate: Whom do you hire?
Title: Job Interview Tip: Are you a star candidate or a sucker candidate?
Title: How important is motivation to your success?
Title: Why I am still not a cool dad?
Title: How to turn a ten dollar speech into a million dollar speech?
Title: What is the most important question you must ask a hiring manager?
Title: Donald Trump is very transparent if you read "The Art of the Deal"
Title: Can creativity and productivity co-exist in companies?
Title: How did Gandhi become the "Mahatma"?
Title: How to come up with catchy phrase for your speech?
Title: What insight helped Gandhi helped gain India its independence?
I hope you take this Challenge because I feel it will help you become a better speaker than you were before the Challenge.
Jay Oza is an author, speaker, executive coach. He makes people thrive on high stakes stage whether it's for a job interview, a sales presentation or a high-stakes speech. He is the author of a practical book Winning Speech Moments: How to Achieve Your Objective with Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere. You can get this book on Amazon for 99 cents for limited time. Please download the free speech checklist that you can use to help you create a winning speech for any situation.
Please contact him if you would like to have a two 75 minute coaching session on job interviewing or high-stakes speaking. If you are interested in inviting him to give a talk on job Interviewing or high-stakes speaking. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.