They say you should do something a thousand times if you want to become an expert at it. I’ve always found that number a little intimidating. In fact, I think it often stops people from practicing even once. In our time-starved world, we settle for getting by over getting better.
In the past 15 years or so, I’ve trained more than a thousand people on how to be interviewed by the media. After as few as three or four practice interviews every one of them has shown improvement. Those who get some experience and then more practice sessions notice another incremental increase in their ability. The same holds true for clients who have worked to become better public speakers.
Many people who are not very good at giving interviews or speaking publically avoid those situations by retreating behind their lack of experience. They measure their own performance against the best and then conclude that they don’t have time to take the thousand steps needed to master the skills.
But no one is immune from the need for strong communications skills. Gardeners are in the media promoting their craft as often as men in suits and almost every job begins with an interview.
With just a small amount of effort, you can greatly improve your communications proficiency. It’s useful to study people who give great speeches and interviews but don’t be intimidated by them. Remember that other long-time saying;
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.