Let’s face it – the most interesting story that you have to tell is the one that you tell about yourself. At some point in time during your speaking career, you will undoubtedly be asked to give a speech about yourself.
The good news here is you are not going to have to do a lot of research to come up with your material – you already know it! However, being asked to speak about ourselves can be a real challenge for some speakers. We generally try to downplay our accomplishments and ignore the importance of public speaking. If we are asked to speak about ourselves, it sure seems like we’ll be spending our time boasting. What’s the right way to go about doing this?
The Best Way to Talk About Yourself
Great, so somebody has come to you and has said that there is an audience somewhere out there that would like to hear your life’s story. Now, what are you supposed to do? Well, just like you do for any other speech, you now have to create a speech that you will use to tell your life story. The professionals who do a good job of telling these types of stories tell us that there are two important things that we have to do when we are pulling together a story about ourselves. The first of these is that we need to be able to view our life as three separate stories that will all flow together. Secondly, we need to understand that what will make our story interesting is not us talking about ourselves but rather us talking about all of the different people who have helped us along the way.
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