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Want to accelerate your skills and confidence as a speaker?
Get an accountability buddy.
In this episode, I share ways in which use can use an accountability buddy or group to take your speaking and conversation skills to the next level. It works for me, so I know it will work for you!
I was inspired to do this episode from the positive response I got from my 30 Day Blogging Challenge over on my personal blog. When I announced I had challenged myself to blog every day for 30 days, a couple of friends said they had been thinking of doing something similar, and asked if they could join.
So we started a facebook chat where we post our articles every day, support each other and give each other ‘nudges’ if we don’t post.
Knowing I have a group of people experiencing the same challenges as me is comforting, plus it means I’ll be more likely to stick to my challenge!
In much the same way, if you want to take your speaking skills to the next level but you feel alone in your journey, I strongly recommend you get yourself an accountability buddy or group.
What are the other benefits of having an accountability buddy?
- You’re more likely to get things done, because someone is right there with you.
- You no longer feel alone – you know someone has your back
- You’ll learn new things – everyone has different life experiences and skill sets and ways of looking at the world. It’s a surefire way to get fresh feedback on your existing skills.
- You’ll learn quicker – because you’re learning through your accountability buddy’s experiences too. And when you see what’s possible for them, you’ll start to think bigger for yourself too.
Once you’ve got someone to support you, here are some ideas on how to make the most of them:
- Get a buddy to sign up to events with you.
- Prepare with your buddy beforehand how you can introduce each other. Then make each other look good when you’re doing it.
- Have a secret signal if you’re stuck in an awkward conversation and need rescuing!
- Set each other challenges. Say: “Ok you’re going to go up to that person and ask them how they’re finding the event. Go!” When you gamify it, it makes it more fun!
- Give each other feedback. Share what you think you did well and what you could do better.
When giving presentations at work:
- Find a colleague who you trust. Tell them: “If there is an opportunity to speak, make sure you let me know, or volunteer me! Don’t let me weasel out!” Or make a pact that you’ll present together, or maybe they’ll do the slides and you’ll deliver the presentation. As long as you’re both involved and working together, you can be there to support each other.
- Practice your presentation in front of them, and ask them for feedback.
- Get them to help you when you deliver the presentation. Maybe they can hand things out, or set up the projector, or set up the chairs, or print things off for you.
- Plant them in the audience. Get them to ask a question you definitely know the answer to!
Listen to the episode for more ideas and to learn the best ways to find an awesome accountability buddy.