What does it take to become a world class speaker?
It is not your Christian Dior or Ermenegildo Zegna outfit.
It is not how flawless you speak.
It is not how perfectly you move on stage.
World class speakers may not even have, or need a stage.
What separates world class speakers from the rest is that they take a stand, they fight for a cause and they are on a mission.
World class speakers are the movers and shakers of our time. They are not afraid of judgement when they take a stand. They are not afraid of speaking their mind when they fight for a cause. They are not afraid of rejection when they are on a mission. Judgement, fear and rejection are not in their sight.
Malala is a world class speaker. She’s not afraid to take her stand and fight for girls’ education even with the threat from the Talibans. She continued to speak her mind after she was shot by a Taliban gunman.
World class speakers don’t set limits on themselves. Malala started speaking her mind when she was only 11 years old. She’s on a mission.
Aung San Su Kyi was a world class speaker.* Despite multiple arrests, she spoke her mind against the brutal ruling of the dictator in Myanmar. She could have chosen to leave the country for her freedom but she chose to stay in the country under house arrest for years to fight for what she believed in.
World class speakers do not need a stage to move and shake our society. Every interaction they have, every statement they make and every action they take is a speech of deep impact.
How do you become world class?
1. It is not about being accepted
It is in our DNA to be accepted. In stone ages, if you are not accepted by your tribe, it equaled to death. You would be thrown out of the tribe and would never survive on your own.
I wanted to be liked and accepted by every audience member when I started out as a speaker. I wouldn’t say things that’ll be disagreed by many. I wouldn’t point out what their real problems lay in fear of creating conflict. In the end, I wasn’t making a difference. I was just another regular speaker.
It was not until I got over the fear of being disliked, fear of being rejected and fear of conflicts that I started to stir thoughts and make a real difference in the lives of the audiences.
2. Dare to take a stand
When we want to be accepted, we don’t dare to rock the boat and take a stand.
It can be so unsettling and risky getting all the attentions for potential judgement and rejection. Tell me about it. I was the one who used to be so worried about judgement and rejection. It was not until I had this revelation. To take a stand is not about you. That’s right. It’s for a bigger purpose. It’s to change the world, one opinion, one person, one speech, at a time.
3. Be part of something bigger than ourselves
There’s no one better than a world class speaker to take a strong stand, to speak up their mind and to move and shake the world.
Have you had similar thoughts as above?
You have the potential to become world class.
Becoming world class is not to show off yourself for your ego and prestige.
Becoming world class is not to make you feel superior just to hide your inferiority and insecurity.
Becoming world class is to make a bigger impact.
Become world class so you can make real changes in our society.
Become world class so we can be part of something bigger than ourselves.
Isn’t it the ultimate purpose of our lives, to be of service to others and to our society?
“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.”
– Zig Ziglar
The question is not to ask if you should become world class.
The question is to ask HOW you can become world class.
Do you want to make a bigger impact but not sure how?
Do you want to become world class but wonder if you have what it takes?
Are YOU the roadblock on your way to world class?
You don’t have to figure out on your own. Over the past 9 years, I’ve had the privilege of speaking in 16 countries over 4 continents. I know what it takes and I can help you get there. Schedule a 45-minute complimentary Breakthrough Session by Clicking HERE and let’s find out what is stopping you and what it takes for you to become world class.
* Aung San Su Kyi has been under international criticism since Aug 2017 when she kept silent on the violence against Rohingya refugees. Nevertheless, I personally think she was a world class speaker on her courage to speak up against the brutal military abuses in her country.