3 Ways Improving Your Speaking Skills is Like Making a Cake
1. It can get messy…and that’s ok
Everyone knows that when you make a cake you’re supposed to end up with a messy kitchen, otherwise you’re not having fun in the process right?
When you first start making an effort to improve your speaking skills it will often involve discomfort as you try to adopt a new mindset, learn to organise your content, and use your vocal variety and movements in ways that might seem strange at first.
Like anything, it will take time and practise and there will still be times when it won’t go smoothly. That’s okay.
One of the main purposes of doing a workshop or course, or having a coach, is to have the opportunity to try new things and mess up in a safe space where nobody is going to judge you.
2. There are some must-have ingredients
When you make a cake you need to add certain things like eggs to bind the other ingredients, milk to add moisture, and baking soda to make it rise. When you eat the cake, you can’t see these individual ingredients but you know they are there.
Likewise, effective speaking involves a combination of things that you might not be able to isolate individually but they need to be there.
For me, those ingredients are mindset, content, delivery and audience analysis.
If you don’t address your mindset, you can end up being overwhelmed by your nerves. What if you don’t make sure make sure the content is right? Or your delivery is underwhelming and you don’t take time to understand exactly what your audience needs? These are all things that can bring down the final product.
3. There needs to be a method to it all
When you make a cake not only do you need the essential ingredients, you also need to follow a process, aka a recipe, to get the desired result.
When improving your speaking skills, a good strategy will bring together all the essential ingredients to produce the desired outcome.
For me, that outcome is speaking with confidence and clarity, and connecting with your audience.