Darren LaCroix’s 10 Speaking Tips
Darren LaCroix was the 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking in 2001.
He will be at the D6 TELI on February 21 at the Holiday Inn Select, I-494 &
34th in Bloomington. He will speak at 9:00 AM and will also be the Luncheon
Speaker. There is no cost except for the Luncheon. I heard Darren at the
Region IV Conference in Winnipeg last June. He is very entertaining and
educational. Try to attend if at all possible. Listed below are his 10 Tip on
Speaking. For more tips see his Web Site at www.humor411.com or
Darren decided years ago that he wanted to learn the craft, much to the
dismay of those close to him. After suffering the financial failure of a small
business, he started to feel like a chump. Then a close friend gave him a
motivational tape that changed his life’s direction. The tape forced him to
ask: What would I dare to dream if I knew I wouldn’t fail? Darren’s answer: I’d
be a comedian. But it was a fantasy. Darren wasn’t funny. “The first time
my brother ever laughed at me was when I told him I wanted to be a
comedian,” he says.
Darren is now living proof that if you stick with it, you can learn anything.
Especially how to be an effective speaker. After years of intense study, he
developed 10 tips for becoming a better speaker. These tips can be used by
anyone who needs to hone his or her skills related to presentations and
speaking, even if they’re a really, really bad speaker. In fact, the content of
his winning speech focuses on overcoming objections and roadblocks. For
now, sales people, business people and anyone who wants to improve his or
her speaking abilities might follow these guidelines:
1. Be an unquestioning sponge. Turn to the experts and soak up their sage
advice. One of the first comedians Darren consulted told him to read books
on stand-up comedy. Although surprised by the recommendation, he
followed that advice.
2. Watch and learn. Observe the worst along with the best. If you’ve ever