Craig Strachan joins us today to tell us the best way to improve your skills.
Two of my interests are photography and public speaking, which is why I follow the blogs of Both Darren LaCroix, who won the world champion of public speaking in 2001, and Jared Polin (aka the Fro), who is the most amazing photographer and teacher out of Philadelphia. They both have a lot in common:
- Both are passionate about their respective professions
- Both have excelled in their profession
- Both give out there knowledge freely
And they both believe that the best way to improve is to immerse yourself and practise what you want to get better at!
The more you work on your ‘talent,’ the more talent you’ll be given. What you have now is more than enough. Do you bury your talents or invest them? Want to speak in front of an audience of one thousand? Knock ‘em dead at a local service club and more will be given. In my early days of comedy, I had to perform better than those around me at the open mic nights to deserve the right to perform at a professional comedy show.
Darren is well known in the speaking circles for his mantra “stage time stage time stage time”.
And now from the Fro:
Do we ever reach a point where we can be satisfied with our work and don’t need to keep pushing ourselves to learn?…there’s always something more we can learn and I believe that deep down we all know that we should keep learning, studying and progressing as photographers and as people. It’s our own work that teaches us the most.
“First, KEEP SHOOTING. If you don’t shoot, you will have a tougher time learning.
There is a clear message here. Stop thinking about getting better, take action! If you want to be a better speaker, speak at every opportunity. Record yourself, evaluate and improve on your speeches. It you want to be a great photographer, take photos. Examine them with a critical eye. See what really works, and what doesn’t.
What are your passions, and what are you doing to get better? Are you sitting at home, or getting out there?
Craig runs two websites, www.NotesFromTheCape.com contains commentary about life in Cape Town, and www.craigstrachan.com contains articles on presentation skills, leadership and personal-development.