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How to Discover Your Voice as a Public Speaker Through the 4 Speaking Energies
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You have a unique speaking energy. It’s time to stop copying other speakers and develop your own style of presenting. Natasha Bazilevych discovered four types of different energies people speak with. In this blog post, she shares how to define, develop and demonstrate your unique speaking energy so you can speak with power!
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Let us play a little game. I will recite a very well-known tongue twister in four different speaking styles. I would like you to listen carefully and find out which of these four styles sounds more like you. Which do you think is most natural for you? Is it 1, 2, 3, or 4?
Make a mental note of that number. Write it down if you have to.
Here’s the tongue twister:
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? He would chuck he would as much as he could and chuck as much wood as a woodchuck would if a woodchuck could chuck wood.
Click on the podcast above to hear Natasha recite the tongue twister in the first minute.
While you want to share your message on podcasts, you do not want to just speak like someone you have heard. You have your own style and your own energy. When you present it, express it, and speak with it, that’s the best way to share your story. I want to go into more detail about each of these four styles.
I call them “Speaking Energies” It is important to understand which style suits you and which describes your way of expressing yourself. This will prove to be an invaluable tool in your public speaking journey.
Fire is enthusiastic, emotional, fast, and intense. People who speak like this are extroverts. That’s me. I am fire, and we love speed. We love to speak fast, and we love to listen to other people speak fast. Sometimes that intensity might even be too much, but that’s who we are.
That’s our superpower. Some great examples of people who speak with the energy of fire are Tony Robbins, Grant Cardone, Marie Forleo, and Gary V.
Water is melodic, flowing, rhythmic and flexible. When you think of the element of water, it can exist in three different states. It can be water: liquid, gas, and solid. It is the only element that has this property. It is the most balanced energy. It is not too much and not too little.
People with this energy can speak in the most balanced way. Well-known people with the energy of water include Barack Obama, Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King, and Lisa Nichols.
Air is soft, gentle, and weightless. It is like flowing and flying in the air. You feel peace and serenity when you listen to people with the speaking energy of air. Most of them are introverts. Some of them are even shy, or maybe they used to be shy, but their superpower lies in this introversion and calmness.
The representatives of this group are Steven Spielberg, Seth Gordon, Warren Buffett, and J. K. Rowling.
Earth is grounded, profound, persuasive, and emphatic. Most people in this group are introverts with very well-developed communication skills. They have passion and can persuade you. It’s like every word falls heavy on the ground hard, and you find yourself listening to them intently.
They know what they are talking about, and you can see it. The best example of a popular personality with the oratory energy of the earth is Winston Churchill. Others are Simon Sinek, Brené Brown, Oprah, and Margaret Thatcher.
Resist The Temptation
Let me tell you a secret. In my twenties, I really wanted to have this earth-speaking energy just because my best friend expressed herself that way. I thought it was the only way to show your power and your charisma.
That was back in 2004, and I was still finding myself. My best friend, Maya, who was eight years older than me, had this strong, powerful personality.
She spoke with such conviction and logic that you could never break or even doubt her.
She could convince anyone. I wanted to be like her so badly. So I began to mold myself into this calm, even-tempered, always composed, and even reserved person.
But that was not me. That was not who I was. While I developed some of those good qualities, I had to suppress some other traits that were actually my superpower. Now I understand that. Listening to other speakers may make you think, “I can not do that. I am not like them. I am more of an introvert.
I am a more quiet personality.” Or maybe you are like me and think, “I want to be calm and reserved. But people think I am too much and too enthusiastic, too emotional.” Whoever you are or whatever your style is, that’s strong and beautiful because that’s you. That’s how you express yourself.
Embrace Your Speaking Energy
I want you to find it. I want you to understand what your speaking energy is. Do not take too much time, as I did. When I started my business in 2016, I worked with many different coaches and mentors.
It was then that I realized I was trying not to be myself. I finally recognized my own power. I finally understood what was beautiful about me that I needed to develop and how to express myself. But what was even more fascinating is that I worked with many clients around the world to help them with their public speaking skills,
As I listened to their speeches to evaluate them, I found that each had a unique way of expressing themselves. Yet, some were trying to speak like Tony Robbins, even though they had a very calm personality. It seemed fake. We could both see it.
That was when my interest was piqued. I started researching this topic by listening to many speakers, not only my clients but also well-known and famous speakers. and found these four speaking energies.
When you figure out and really understand who you are and how you speak, you unleash all your power. We are all different. We should not all speak like Tony Robbins or Winston Churchill.
We have our personalities, our speaking energy, and our voices. Think of a choir with four different voices: Soprano, alto, tenor, and basses.
They are all different. They are all absolutely unique, but when they come together, it is harmony that allows them to create a beautiful melody.
It’s the same with us. We all have our own style.
My final question to you: who are you? Are you fire, water, air, or earth? Remember that this is not your zodiac sign. It does not depend on when you were born. It is your way of speaking based on your personality.
So define it first, then develop it, and finally demonstrate it. If we all share our stories and messages in this different, unique way, we could bring more harmony into the world.
About Natasha Bazilevych
Natasha Bazilevych is a public speaking expert. She is the Founder & President of ChangeView Academy, where she trains entrepreneurs and corporate executives to give powerful presentations.