For years my dream was to become an international speaker and speak all over the world. Three years ago I even changed my company name to Arvee Robinson International with the intent of becoming an international company and speaker.
Recently, I spoke in Italy, Turkey, and Greece on a Mediterranean cruise. It was awesome.
Before I walked aboard the Celebrity Solstice cruise ship, I spent three days in Rome. I visited the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, the Trevi Fountain and every ancient ruin I could find.
On Monday, September 28, I stepped on board of the largest cruise ship I’ve ever seen with over 3,000 passengers (and I thought we were in a recession). We all embarked on a fantastic journey. During the eleven day cruise we visited various ports such as Santorini, Mykonos, Istanbul, Kusadasi, and Athens.
In Athens, I saw “The Acropolis”, known as the “High City” towering over the capital. It was a very impressive sight. As I walked around the grounds I was in awe. It gave me a true sense of the greatness of the ancient Greeks.
My favorite adventure was visiting Pompeii. Pompeii is an ancient Roman city inland from Naples. Pompeii was buried under ash and rock when Mount Vesuvius, a nearby volcano, erupted on August 24, 79 AD.
Walking around the city I could only imagine the horror the people must have felt the morning they awoke to a sudden explosion of toxic gases and burning cinders from the eruption. You can see the people were covered in ash doing whatever they could to survive. Frescos were left undone, the paints still in their pots. The ash and cinders covered and preserved the scene exactly as it was at that moment.
This was entire journey was incredible and I can’t possibly share all of it with you in this ezine. However, in a nutshell: I saw places that I never thought I would ever see, I met people from all over the world who will remain my life-long friends and I developed four new speeches that I may never give again.
The final outcome: I am truly an International Speaker!
Speaking Tip of the Month
Use Acronyms to Develop Your Speech
I love using acronyms when I develop a speech. So I thought in light of my recent adventure, I would use the acronym for ROME.
R – Rehearse
To be on top of your game, you need to rehearse your speech for a minimum of one hour for every two minutes of speech. For example: for a 20 minute speech you will want to prepare and practice for at least ten hours.
O – Outline
Don’t write out your speech word for word. Instead outline it. Pick words and phrases that will jog your memory. That way you are free to speak from the heart. Also, you can use your outline to create a handout. “How cool is that?!”
M – Memorize
Memorize the opening and closing of your speech. And just talk about the middle which is your knowledge and the gifts you will give your audience.
E – Energize
Speak with energy and energize your audience! When you energize your audience with stories and audience participation they will return the favor. And you will have all the energy you need for your entire speech. Quote:“Speaking is a learned skill and you can learn it too.”
~ Arvee Robinson, Master Speaker Trainer Hope you enjoyed this month’s speaking tips. Remember, to get out there and speak with passion.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
Master Speaker Trainer, International Speaker, and Author