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Christoph Grizzard l On the Art of Speechcraft
Christoph Grizzard – Public speaking can be a daunting task.
There are a stack of self-help books and CDs aimed at helping one conquer crippling shyness and poor self-confidence, but even with such aids it can still be difficult for the average person to stand up before a room full of people and deliver a speech. That is why advice from someone who knows what they’re talking about is invaluable.
Christoph Grizzard is founder and CEO of a client-focused company based in Italy. He has attended leadership seminars in Malaga and speaking engagements in Milan and Porto, where the company has recently opened new offices. “I’ve made more speeches than I can remember, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get nervous. On the contrary. With each successful public address, the bar is raised for the next one to be even better.”
“When you make a speech, you’re putting a lot on the line. Attempt too little or too much and you will miss the mark. The risks will always be magnified in your head – self-doubt is a force to be reckoned with – but they are real risks nonetheless.”
Christoph Grizzard knows why people choose to play it safe in the face of such risks, but he says that this caution is actually what proves to be the downfall of many first time speakers. “It’s always dull to hear someone standing on stage and taking no risks. But what’s worse is watching someone who isn’t at ease. They pace around, making it difficult for the audience to follow them, and they are so uncertain what to do with their hands. If you are nervous your audience will be nervous. As a result, everyone will be closed at a time when you really want them to be open and accepting. “It is so important to relax. I know it’s easier said than done, but that really is the key to a successful speech. It’s ironic, but the best way to protect yourself when delivering a speech is to give up any pretence of self-protection at all.” says Christoph Grizzard.
~ Christoph Grizzard ~ CEO: Avant Garde Milano
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