By Guest Contributor Sabirul Islam
Author Sabirul Islam explains how to turn your passion for public speaking into a profession – What is a speaker’s mindset and how to unlckc it.
You might often ponder whether the route you pursue as a speaker is a true alignment and reflection of who you want to be and the message you wish to portray. Or whether a speaking gig is often seen as just another way to earn a quick buck. One of the biggest flaws I’ve comes to acknowledge as a speaker within the in the speaking network is that we have far too many ‘self-proclaimed’ specialists who haven’t discovered the true essence and value of ‘the speakers mindset.’
The speaker’s mindset is an internal belief system, that whatever you feel and believe in, with regards to public speaking, it must project a sense of motivation combined with positive attitude and behaviour in order to achieve the outcome intended. As a speaker it’s easy to talk about any given subject, but I deeply believe that to have true impact on your audience you must have an internal connection with the between you and your message. This is why passion in public speaking matters.
A core area of focus the speaker’s mindset is passion, which is a powerful connection between you, your message and the outcome you want to achieve from your speech. When you evade passion in your speeches, you lose credibility.
HERE ARE TWO QUICK INSIGHTS INTO HOQ TO UNLOCK THE SPEAKER’S MINDSET:
Unlocking the internal belief system that is the speaker’s mindset requires a sense of exploration to identify what matters to you, with a strong focus on your audience and the change you want them to go through.
Self-exploration as a speaker allows you to connect with your thoughts, beliefs, emotions, feelings and dreams all which are essential to deeply have a powerful impact in leading an audience to feel some form of change.
As human beings we often only skim the surface of self-exploration because we feel too many external factors come in the way, whether that is a busy lifestyle, workload etc. What self-exploration does is allows you to understand your strengths, traits, helps to unveil new characteristic and allows you to discover a side of you that can bring out a much more potent version of you. One that you can use to greater advantage when serving your audience.
- Speak with an intention to serve
Professional speaking on stage places you in a position of authority and leadership. And as a leader on stage, the first intention must be to serve and to serve with an honest intention to make a difference. As a servant speaker you put your audiences’ interests and intentions ahead of yours. This helps to both tailor your speech and on-stage presence that makes them feel comfortable and at ease with the message you are sharing.
A speech, even if it is a personal success story, should never be ‘I, I, I’ – But using your life experiences as an example to help your audience to connect the dots with their own life. Make it relatable to them, research what makes them click. With this intention you not only deliver a great speech, but you are serving their needs even if it is needs which they’ve yet to discover. It opens minds where your audience sees the broader picture and feels a part of the journey.
Both self-exploration and to speak with an intention serve are critical components that help to shape and unlock the speaker’s mindset. It takes out any negative agenda or an ego-driven speech to help you boost both your like-ability factor and credibility a speaker.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
SABIRUL ISLAM is world-renowned motivational speaker, author, facilitator and coach. Sabirul has inspired millions of people in 31 countries across the globe. He also developed the business board game, ‘Teen-Trepreneur’, educating youth on financial literacy in developing nations. He is British-Bangladeshi and resides in the UK.
Every aspiring speaker has one task, to master their communication and performance on stage. Through 14 years of experience and application, Sabirul Islam has crafted the brand Build Your Confidence on Stage – a four–step process providing you with the tools and techniques to improve your passion and make money while doing so.
In his brand, the four pillars of public speaking aim to instil aspiring speakers with the performance mindset; learning to control your content, your message and the manner of presentation which you require. The four pillars are: The Speakers Psychology; The Principles of Public Speaking; The Performance Masterclass; and The Profession of a public speaker. These pillars will demonstrate how to overcome fear and anxiety, break general norms and stereotypes, analyse the pre, during and post-performance techniques and master the discipline and its practise. Everything you need to become an expert in your field and make impact.