Many emergency workers whose job it is to keep people safe, trust their intuition inexplicably and act upon it immediately without questioning. Like the story of the firefighter, who dousing a seemingly easily managed fire, knows instantly at gut level that he has to get out of the building. He makes it out just in time to witness the building’s massive collapse and its eruption into a blazing inferno.
Intuition is an immediate knowing, a first flush of thought before the intellect tries to reason it out. It provides us with a sense of knowing that this is the right or wrong course to take, the decision to make or the person to trust or distrust.
Albert Einstein, a believer in the power of imagination and intuition said “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift”.
In public speaking, intuition will unfailing guide you to a greater speech and a more dynamic performance. Use intuition to edit your speech and guide your choice to pick the holistic memory chunks or prompts to keep you on track at the lectern. Use your intuition to measure the response of the audience so that you can refine or add to your words if needed. At question time let it direct you diplomatically in your response to each of the questions
Encourage your intuitive ability by choosing to become more aware of that gut feeling, that small voice in your head. Challenge yourself to identify who may be on the caller on phone when it rings or when standing at a bank of elevators ask which one will arrive first. So at first you maybe wrong – but the more you practice the intuitive message becomes undeniably evident.
Mary Atkins – Author of the definitive self-help guide to public speaking Finding Your Voice – ten steps to successful public speaking. available in two editions (same content but different covers) throughout the world and now on Kindle.