I stumbled on my words and spoke too quickly. My first Toastmasters speech was not bad, but it wasn’t great, either. By the second, I was better.
There is a lot of advice out there — on any topic. But this story illustrates the simplest and best piece of advice anyone can give you about how to be a better speaker. Or blogger. Or copywriter, acrobat or trumpet player.
Get ready, because this is AMAZING advice. Ready? Here it is: Practice makes perfect.
Too preachy? To cliche? Yeah, I know. Here, try this: You want to know how to be a better blogger?
I read a lot of blog posts about writing, marketing, social media. And while these posts may impart some wisdom, useful tidbit or “ah” moment, none of them are actually going to write the blog post for me or market my business.
The only way to get better is to practice.
“But I knew that already,” you say. (Picture me, nodding knowingly in a Yoda-like manner.)
Yes, you did. So did I. But are you doing it? More than that, as you practice, are you incorporating what you learn? Are you trying the technique you read about, a new approach? Are you spending more time on your headlines?
Sometimes I do. Sometimes I don’t.
But as any wise Yoda (or smart-ass adult) will tell you, you can’t get to the end of the woods without walking through it.
Yuck. That was terrible. Back to the drawing board.
Ew. Even worse. I guess I’ll need to keep practicing.