Denise Graveline compares guitar lessons to learning about public speaking

Denise Graveline takes us from the football field to the guitar studio and provides some valuable insight.

“You can’t stop when you make a mistake,” he said.  “You’re pausing to think what you did wrong and how to fix it. But you’ve got to keep going. The pros make mistakes all the time, but they keep going.”

Take the stopping.  I know full well that “ums” trip lots of speakers up. The speaker’s got a heightened awareness of any mistakes she makes, especially if she’s nervous or not as practiced at it.  And ums serve as a verbal pause while you’re trying to remember what it was you wanted to say.  They’re also a normally occurring part of everyone’s speech.  Nonetheless, if an um throws you off and you stop, you’ll find your momentum and focus tough to recover.

When we’re trying to learn or perfect a new skill, we often forget our other experience or accomplishments and what we’ve already learned. Here’s a reminder of how valuable it can be to apply all our experience. Click through to read Denise’s whole post, then let us know how you’ve learned to be a better speaker from another of your skills.

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