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by Jan 12, 2009Public Speaking Tips9 comments

Here’s a valuable speaking tip: Record every speech!

Yes, it doesn’t matter whether you are just starting out or you are a veteran public speaker record everything. That how you grow. That’s how you make progress. As a public speaker or I should say motivational speaker, you need to have a library of your speeches.

Now, you will get tired of hearing yourself. Or maybe I should point out that you won’t like hearing yourself. But that’s not my point. There’s a vital reason why I want you to record your speeches. Here it is:

Often time you will find yourself using a story, vignette, or a funny line for a period of time. Then for whatever reason, you stop using it. I don’t care if you have been speaking for five years or one month. It will happen to you.

One day, I went to my library and discovered an old tape. It was from back when I started in 1998. As I was listening to it, I discovered a very funny and moving vignette (short story) I used to share with my audiences. It was working. I have no idea why I stopped using it. I guess it was because I was not carefully monitoring my progress.

Please buy you one of those digital recorders by Olympus from Amazon and a lavaliere wireless microphone to hook up to it. Start recording everything. That’s one of my public speaking tips that is very valuable. Here’s exactly what you need to record:

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The reason I love this little recorder so much is because once you record with it, you just pull it apart and one end of it becomes a USB with your file on it. Just plug into your computer and drag the audio files. The audio quality is superb. You don’t need to enhance it. It’s ready to go on a CD to sell as a product.

Often time, you find yourself saying something impromptu and voila the audience react to it amazingly well. If you don’t capture that sound bite, it will be very hard to reproduce it. By the way, this is not just a public speaking tip. It’s for everything you do in life. Monitor and measure your progress. That’s how we grow.

This tip is a power one among the many public speaking tips I have for you!

9 Comments

  1. Sidni Alfredo Moor ll

    I have read your material and come to find out, that i have done just about 90% of what you have requested. However i need to know how to network into the schools and prisons. I am a Minister and student on my last semester. I plan to roll out into public speaking right away.

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  2. Mari

    Mr. Godefroy,

    This site has been most inspirational to me. I have been looking into motivational speaking for some time now. And this is one of very few sites that has truly blessed me.

    The information I am getting is very helpful and I am well on my way to becoming a motivational speaker.

    Thank you sooooooooo much.

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  3. Rene Godefroy

    Willie,

    Well, what do you think? You are a member! Let me put it this way: There are so many people that come to this site and never take the time to participate.

    You are different! You took the time to drop me a couple of lines. That tells me something about you. You are not shy. That’s a great start!

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  4. Willie Mae Rayford

    This is a very good blog. I enjoyed it.
    I pray that I can become a member so that I can learn how to and become a successful motivational speaker.
    Willie Mae

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  5. Rene Godefroy

    Hi Alan,

    Indeed, the world needs more of you today. The news is just so negative everywhere. People and companies are looking for encouragement and leadership.

    With your gift and talent-being a minister-I can see how you can make a great impact.

    I have a lot to share with you on how to make a splash into the speaking field. Keep coming back to this blog.

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  6. Alan

    Mr. Godefroy,
    I also have just come across your page. I have found it very inspiring. As a minister I am very comfortable as a speaker and have been complimented on having a very strong and commanding voice. I would love to take this ability to the next level. I look forward to reading and learning more from such a master as yourself.
    I would be interested in learning more about your course and your book.
    Thanks for sharing and allowing others to learn from your experiences.
    Alan

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  7. Rene Godefroy

    Hi Emmanuel,

    Congratulations on your successes. Glad you found this blog. You are right. Sometimes one has to tell it like it is. The speaking business is great way to make a living.

    However, if you don’t have the right guidance, coaching, and mentoring, it can be tough to get your breakthrough.

    Unfortunately 99% of the people who offer speaker training have not been making an impact nor any money doing it. Beware.

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    • Emmanuel

      Thanks Rene for the urgent response.
      I make it my duty to browse your page everyday; searching for some wisdom from you. 🙂
      Very few accomplished Speakers-Authors will share insights the way you have. Thanks again.

      I will love to send you a copy of my book “Coming from Liberia”
      and perhaps when you have a break from your schedule you could read and give me some pointers? Please let me know if that’s okay alright?

      Hope to hear from you soon.

      Sincerely,
      Emmanuel.

      PS: I visited Toastmasters International last Saturday and the meeting was very exciting. Seems an awesome place to begin the craft. Chat soon.

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  8. Emmanuel

    Rene, I ran across your site when I was researching info on motivational speaking.
    Your Blogs are precious gems!
    One feels your sincerity with every word!
    Thanks for sharing so much of yourself with all of us.
    Can’t wait to read “Speaking for a living”; the book.
    May God bless you and your family in 2009 and onwards.
    Truly,
    Emmanuel

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