In the school of public speaking, it is often said that you have to talk for free and then for a fee.
This is especially true for beginners.
I used to emcee occasions for free. But now, I do it for a fee.
I used to teach my neighbourhood children for free. Now, I teach/lecture at the Department of English Studies, University of Port Harcourt for a fee.
Work hard. More importantly, work smart. Be patient. Anything worthwhile takes a while to be worth something.
Work smart. Polish your soft skills. ‘Soft skill is the new hard skill’, according to my good friend, Francis Nwagbara. Public speaking is a soft skill.
Soft skills are those skills which you learn through hands-on, practical experience. They’re such skills which are developed through participating in short courses, conferences, seminars, workshops, etc.
I’ll be dishing out a whole lot of stuff here for free. Yes, free of charge (FOC). I aim at building a website, a virtual school where I’ll teach soft skills such as public speaking, emceeing, writing skills, grammar skills, among others. Teaching is my passion. Public speaking is my favourite pastime.
I hope you’ll hang out with ME here on cyberspace. Together, we’ll change our public speaking world, one nugget at a time.
Talk to you shortly,
Mazi Eze (ME).