The Secret to Public Speaking



{Click above to watch the presentation on ‘Why you feel you have nothing to wear’}

The momentum that builds up before getting on stage from preparation to end is quite the experience, it’s almost a natural high that can go from one extreme emotion to the next. Going on stage to perform salsa routines has been the only other time I’ve felt this before, this rush right as you wait to enter the room and once you’re in the spotlight everything you’ve worked so hard to get right just flows out of you, almost without thought. Your body, your mind know the topic, the moves so well that it’s like another part of you comes out, an out of body experience.

That may seem a little dramatic but it’s something I want to feel over and over again. Public speaking is one of the most important parts of my job, I have the opportunity to inspire, to tell a story, to help people see the light they have within them. Engaging with a group live is the best way to connect with others. Trust me, I still have a ways to go to learn more about speaking but showing up and starting is the only way to begin the journey. Standing at the sidelines watching others and learning until you ‘feel ready’ is not going to get you anywhere, take action.

I recently wrote a post about 5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Speaking Engagements for Lady Boss Blogger, Elaine Rau. It ignited this excitement to share a secret tip to anyone who wants to do public speaking which is, you can do it! Doesn’t matter if you haven’t done it in a long time, doesn’t matter is you don’t have the experience. What do you love to talk about and comes naturally to you? What would you research and practice again and again? What message are you so passionate about you are willing to go against your own fear to stand up and share this with others?

The message I want to share is that fashion can be accessible, easy, and fun. My mission in everything I do is to help you feel amazing, look confident, and achieve more through style, through self love. After every presentation I start tweaking parts a it, I like to watch the videos and see where the audience makes comments to the person next to them, laughs, asks questions. As a personal shopper, my art is visual and parts of my work are difficult to explain without props which is why I always try to integrate a small fashion show where I can share the ideas in a colorful more interactive way.

In the video above I did a presentation at Queen City Yacht Club in front of 35 women. The age group was 40-70 and I had to prepare a fashion show presentation that would be appropriate and one what they could really relate to. I chose to share about why you feel like you have nothing to wear and the outfits at the end were included to inspire the ladies to find new fall trends to add to their wardrobe. I explained how it worked, why it worked, and other ideas on ways to wear the items. Complete success!!!

It’s all about starting from where you are at right now, there is no way you can get better if you don’t get the practice in. Build up to bigger opportunities, once you start you’ll notice more and more speaking engagements will come up because you are putting this energy into the world.

Share below what you’d like to share with the world! I’d love to hear about it and what steps you need to take to make it happen.


{Read my full guest blog post ‘5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Speaking Engagements ‘}


Author: seattlestylist

Tannya is best known for her style expertise and personal shopping skills. She can easily combine textures, styles, and trends to produce an effortlessly pulled together look. Clients appreciate her ability to understand and interpret their creative vision yet stay true to her personal aesthetic.

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