I had no idea who I would be coach, but I did know two things:
- I’m a big fan of TED.
- I love to help people learn how to—or discover how to—express themselves better so they can influence more people with their ideas.
The title of this post is from Stephen Covey’s The 8th Habit. If you haven’t read this monstrous tome, that’s it in a nutshell: Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs… It really is a great addition to the other 7 habits of highly effective people he covers in his best selling book by the same name.
Not that I’d call myself highly effective.
Hey, at least I read the book. That counts for something, right?
Working with Toastmasters International, I’ve helped a lot of people practice and develop their communications skills. It’s a lot of fun and I find it fascinating too. I find how a person speaks to be sort of like a 2-way Rorschach Ink Blot Test conveyed through words. There are many factors that impact how a person communicates. Self-awareness and a little practice can turn these factors into powerful tools or oration.
- Word use
- Voice control
- Repeating themes
These are just a few examples which I talk about more in other posts. They’re fascinating things to me and if you ever end up in a Toastmasters meeting with me, or hire me as a speaking coach, you now have some idea of the things I look for.
They’re elements of a one person symphony.
The motto of TED is “Ideas worth spreading,” and it’s what I love. I don’t have to agree with an individual’s message, but I respect and support their right to be heard.
Maybe you’re not scheduled for a TED talk any time soon.
I’m not either.
That doesn’t mean you don’t have a voice though.
Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs…