Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time – George Bernard Shaw

The problem with studying people who are great at what they do, is that they make things look easy.

Want to learn how to play tennis? Watch Roger Federer and you could be forgiven for thinking tennis doesn’t make you sweat and that the rackets can be wafted like wands.

Trying to cook a gourmet meal for the first time? Download a few Gordon Ramsay recipes and the descriptions will make the steps sound as straightforward as building a lego house.

But as we all know, tennis ain’t easy it does make you sweat; and you can follow the cooking instructions all you want, chances are that souffle will collapse the first five times you try to cook it.

If you want to become a great speechmaker, there is much to be said for watching the greats like Michelle Obama or JFK. They speak with effortless grace and demonstrate effective communication techniques that all of us should aspire to follow.

(The free checklist to go with this week’s article is a PDF download of these 7 Deadly Sins. Read over them before you have any speech to give)

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