July 5, 2010

More lessons from Lady Gaga



I read an inspiring blog post the other day by Stanford Smith on Pushing Social, about Lady Gaga's highly successful approach to social media. I couldn't help but notice how applicable these tips were to public speaking (as I am wont to do).

For example, he quotes Lady Gaga:

"When I wake up in the morning, I feel just like any other insecure 24-year-old girl," she says. 'Then I say, 'Bitch, you're Lady Gaga, you get up and walk the walk today.'"

In the language of Speak Schmeak, I believe we would translate that to "suck it up."

#6 on the list of eight points is of course a favorite of mine: "Practice your craft every day." As I've said many times here, if you don't keep finding opportunities to speak, you will never improve. Getting up in front of an audience is the only way to learn.

And #7 is an oldie but goodie, too: "Sweat the Details."

"Every detail of her album from the name, to the art, to the song lyrics is being scrutinized by Gaga. Nothing is being left to chance."

Are you learning about your audience, studying their background, their experience, their needs and wants? Are you checking your room in advance and letting the organizer know what you need? Are you aware of your onstage presence through videotaping or audio recording? Are you paying attention to the details?

Get over to Pushing Social and read Lady Gaga's 8-Point Guide to Larger Than Life Blogging and see if you can't apply those lessons to your speaking practice.

For an additional lesson from Lady Gaga, check out this previous post:

An awkward moment

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2 comments. Please add yours! :

Stanford @ PushingSocial said...

Your right, Lady Gaga's Social Media mojo absolutely applies to the public speaking world. Afterall, Gaga is just singing while you are speaking - differnt form of communication but both delivered from a stage to an audience.

Lisa Braithwaite said...

And the way we market to and show appreciation to our "fans" (aka audiences) is very much the same. Thanks for your great insights!

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