This episode of the Public Speaking Super Powers Podcast features Carma’s interview with Janet Horton, a writer, speaker, and teacher.
Length: 6 minutes, 30 seconds
Janet Horton slowly but surely honed her speaking craft starting from the tender age of 10 when she was in Junior Achievement. “I think that’s one of the things that makes a superhero in public speaking,” she says. “You get there naturally. You become an expert and people start relying on you and asking you for your opinion. It’s not something that you go and study to be. You simply fall into it.” In this episode of the podcast, she talks about the importance of knowing your audience and being sure to speak in front of the right audience.
Janet Horton’s Big Tip: “If you can, work the room before the event starts,” Janet advises. “Talk to a few of the people in the audience. Not just the arrangers.” She has found that “sometimes the people in the audience have a preconceived notion of what they’re going to learn or what they’re going to experience. And it may not be the same thing as what the arrangers have arranged.”
About the Public Speaking Super Powers Podcast Series
Carma Spence, the author of Public Speaking Super Powers, interviewed 80+ speakers as research for the book. This podcast shares those interviews so you can hear what the Featured Speakers said in their own words. This series will run twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays, until all interviews are posted. Occasionally, a special edition with a new interview will be added to the mix.