Today is my 26th birthday and it makes me think how crazy these past few years have been.
Three years ago I was 23. I had no consistent job. I couldn’t even fill a shoe box with all the money I had to my name and Chelsea and I were watering down our hand soap at home so it would last longer.
A year later I was working full time with Special Olympics Oregon and last year I won the World Championship of Public Speaking (I wish I had the time to share with you all the outrageous things that happened throughout those few years). Times have changed!
I woke up today on my birthday thinking, “Was I born to be a speaker?” As I lay in my penguin boxers and 1000 count sheets all I could think was… Maybe.
I mean are speakers really born or are they made?
I think a lot of me being a speaker has to do with the family I was born into, the opportunities I have been blessed with and decisions I have made.
I say maybe to the question because I think there are natural qualities I have that are good for speaking (things you can’t teach like energy and passion) however there are numerous ones I have to work on if I want to be a great speaker (listening, researching, focusing and attention to detail, all of which you can learn).
I have to work to speak from the heart. I have to work to find out what stories resonate and what stories frighten some audiences. Even though I have high energy I have to work to get my body up in the early am!
So I think speakers are born AND made. They need passion and energy. They need to know they have a story inside of them and even if they don’t know how to share it, they know they can do it if they seek help. If they study. If they work for it.
Being able to persuasively speak is the most powerful skill to possess. Use your natural-born talents to help you develop the skills you need to be made into the speaker that speaks from the heart and changes people’s lives.
How to Be a Speaker: Reflect on the time you have spent on our planet. Think about what you were born to do. What can you do right now with the gifts and talents you were given and have earned?
Question: What do you think, are speakers made or are they born?