I said it to a speech coach, unabashed but anxious, unprepared for what had worried me all week: a five-minute speech.
I would deliver the presentation — for which I had been given no guidelines except for the time frame — on my first night at SCORRE™, a conference created to turn participants into better communicators.
The SCORRE™ Conference, born out of the wisdom and experience of bestselling author and world-renown speaker Ken Davis, would require a leap outside my comfort zone, a move a communicator must make to up his or her game.
While I was there, I discovered that SCORRE™ could facilitate that leap, that taking advantage of the opportunities the conference provided – sessions, speeches and social time – indeed could be a game changer.
I learned in seven sessions what I didn’t know while I prepared for my first five-minute speech: how to so focus a speech that what doesn’t need to be in it isn’t and what needs to be in it is; how to “talk” with my body; how to use humor. I learned how to illustrate a speech’s points, and how to be a confident speaker. I also got to see Ken Davis dance a lot.
As a result of my taking advantage of the opportunities to learn in all the sessions, which were led by communicators I admire, I don’t have to panic in speech prep like I did the day before the conference.
In three video recorded speeches — each five minutes long and given in front of my small group and our coach — I could compare my speaking skills pre-, mid- and post-absorption of the SCORRE™ method for preparing a speech.
By the conference’s third night, I had learned the method and, for the first time in my life, delivered a speech without notes of any kind. (For the record, I nailed it!)
The opportunity to deliver speeches daily was an opportunity to immediately apply what I had learned — and to confirm that it truly works.
In the conference’s social time during lunches, dinners, and late nights in the hotel lobby, I rubbed elbows with more than a hundred fellow communicators. I exchanged business cards and ideas with authors and show hosts, pastors and PhD’s, bloggers and business owners and people who — YAY! — plan to invite me to speak at their churches.
The social time created opportunities to network, to connect with people whose work plus mine might equal a better world — people whose relationships with me haven’t ended just because the conference did.
And at one dinner during the conference, I stopped at Ken Davis’s table to tell him that preparing a speech using SCORRE™ was a far smoother experience for me than speech prep ever had been. I swore I’d preach forever in favor of SCORRE™, out of sheer gratitude.
Today, I make good on what I told him.
My experience in the sessions and speeches and social time at SCORRE™ were of such benefit professionally and personally that I actually implore you: Go.
Since SCORRE™, I can deliver speeches with clarity and without notes – and I’ve done it in front of audiences as far from my Florida home as California.
If you go this October 26th-29th, it’ll also be yours.
Arleen Spenceley is a blogger, a speaker, and the author of Chastity Is For Lovers: Single, Happy, and (Still) a Virgin (Ave Maria Press, 2014). Read her blog at arleenspenceley.com. Click here to follow her on Twitter, here to follow her on Instagram, and here to like her on Facebook.