I’ve been Speaking in front of large crowds of people for over 20 years now. I’ve been “DJing” in front of small crowds of people for over 10 years now. I’m clearly better at one than I am the other!
Even though I’ve been DJing half the time that I’ve Teaching, I’ve learned a TON of things about Public Speaking from being a DJ! Here’s 3 of them:
1) Dig In Those Crates.
- Don’t get lost Diggin! I’ve wasted lots of HOURS and lots of DOLLARS in record shops only to come up empty or overdrawn. Know when enough is enough.
- There’s a thin line between Inspiration and Plagiarism. Giving Credit is the Guaranteed way to keep from compromising your integrity. When you steal someone else’s work, you rob yourself of learning and growing.
2) Plan To Be Present
- Learn the content better – I’m writing, reading it, and saying it out loud. By the time I get up to do it, I’ve internalized it.
- Feel the flow out – I can see what works best where. I get a sense of how it all works together and have a sense of how long it’s going to go.
- Have more freedom to move in the moment – I can take shortcuts or camp out wherever I need to as I sense I need to. This is MUCH harder to do and more risky of rambling when you’re working off of Bullet Points.
3) Transitions Matter
These are Three Things that I’ve learned about Public Speaking from DJing. What I want to know is…What have You learned about Public Speaking (other than “imagine them in their underwear”)? How did you learn it?
Or…what ELSE are you learning…and from WHAT? What are you learning about God, Yourself, Creativity, etc from everyday ordinary things? How do you connect the dots…?
I’d love to hear.