Posts tagged #Ego

Why I Still Rehearse Before Every Speech

I’ll never forget when my friend and amazing spoken word poet Joshua Bennett was reminiscing about a speech he gave during his early years of performing.

“Man, I thought I could just go up there with a topic and get my Malcolm X on,” Joshua laughed.  “But winging it was definitely not the best idea.”

Early in my speaking career, I used to have a similar mentality.  I thought that confidence, familiarity with my subject matter, and good intentions would be enough to produce a great speech. 

Looking back on it, I see that my ego was getting in the way of creating the most impact possible for my audience.

Posted on October 22, 2015 .