New Year, New You

Do your own self-assessment

Hand WritingThis year, resolve to speak better and with more purpose. Start by writing down your 3 major strengths.  Then write down 3 major weaknesses.

Don’t let the negative overwhelm you. Divide and conquer: Choose one area of weakness to work on at a time. E.g. speaking too fast, managing nervousness, projecting better, presenting more effectively, organizing your thoughts. Then chart your progress.

Over the years, I’ve asked my public speaking clients about their major strengths and weaknesses. Here’s an overview of some of the most common self-assessed strengths and weaknesses:

Strengths Weaknesses
1. Knowledge of the subject 1. Nervousness
2. Articulate 2. Shaky or weak voice
3.  Good voice 3. Anxiety
4. Energy 4. Body language
  5. Poor delivery
  6. Lack of organization, losing train of thought