This is a Good Speaking Example to Study
One area that I am hyper-vigilant on is speaking and teaching skills. The fastest way to improve the quality of your classes is by becoming a more effective speaker.
In this video, Victoria Payne from Smithville, MS tells the story of how she was teaching self-defense without a facility or any guidelines and how that all changed with COBRA.
What you will see is:
- She never breaks eye contact with the camera.
- She leans into the camera. (Your back should never touch your chair when speaking to the camera)
- She never refers to notes (though sometimes that’s okay)
- She never says “um” or “and um.”
- She doesn’t weaken her influence with useless words such as “like” or “ok.”
- She has strong openings to her paragraphs. “We’re not martial artists. We’re not…”
My only suggestion would be to learn to have a little smile throughout the presentation. The camera strips life out it’s subjects. That’s why a little smile can brighten up your face, even if you’re talking about a serious subject. Victoria is as pretty as a newscaster, and if you watch newscasters, they keep a slight smile even during serious reports.
I am currently writing a book and course on speaking skills for martial arts instructors.This is one of the rare instances that I see an instructor nail it.