Public speaking sites that give you tips are not tailored to your personality type, therefore are they even tips that will work best for you? Knowing your personality type is the first step toward a fantastic public speaking experience.
If you haven’t already, take a Meyer-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test to determine what type you are. The invention of the MBTI was created to theoretically pinpoint psychological types that C.G. Jung described individuals to innately have. The MBTI was developed by Isabel Briggs Meyers and her mother, Katherine Briggs, to help individuals identify which of the 16 personality type categories they fit into based on Jung’s theory. This test, if you’ve never taken it already, is insightful!
If that fact doesn’t convince you to take the test, consider Meyer’s words, “It is up to each person to recognize his or her true preferences.”
If you’re skeptical about the MBIT test results, Richard Feloni, a writer for Business Insider, interviewed Gavin McMahon, a co-founder of fassforward (strategic communications consulting group), and found that the range of personality types allows for various methods of communication.
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Over a seven-year span, McMahon collected data on clients his company works with and came up with six different types of presenters:
- The Coach
- The Inventor
- The Consumer
- The Storyteller
- The Teacher
- The Producer
Each category defines strengths, weaknesses, and priorities that an individual may identify with as a public speaker. For instance, I identify with The Storyteller category suggested by McMahon. What personality type do you have and do you think you fit into one of fassforward’s six categories listed above?