Being a Gifted Speaker Isn't a Gift

Frances Cole Jones

October 08, 2008

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"Despite a pervasive idea that some people are born with a 'gift' for public speaking—and that this gift is the reason they excel when presenting themselves—my experience has proven this isn't so. I believe that everyone can be a great speaker, and this includes you. So what's the disconnect? Why do so many people feel they don't have what it takes to present their ideas with confidence and flair? Thomas Edison said, 'Opportunity is missed by most because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.' I find the same is true for public speaking. If you're willing to put in the time, there's a science to presenting that's concrete and available."

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