From ‘I Think I Can’ to ‘I Know I Can’


Embarking on the path of public speaking is no small feat. It’s a journey that demands dedication, hard work, and a commitment to continuous improvement. Recently, I achieved a significant milestone in this journey – I earned the Heroic Public Speaking (HPS) GRAD badge, a testament to the rigorous training I underwent at Heroic Public Speaking in Lambertville, NJ.

What does this badge represent? It’s pretty simple but not easy.

1. Over 40 Hours of Coursework: The journey began with intensive coursework, laying the foundation for effective public speaking.

2. Over 100 Hours of Rigorous Speechwriting and Crafting: Crafting a compelling speech is an art. I dedicated over 100 hours to refining my speechwriting and editing skills, ensuring that my message would resonate with authenticity and impact.

3. Over 80 Hours of Live On-Stage Performance Training: Heroic Public Speaking took me beyond theory; I spent more than 80 hours actively honing my on-stage performance skills, learning to connect with an audience in a powerful and meaningful way.

Why did I do it?

I believe in the power of hard work and continuous learning. Ordinary, everyday efforts compounded over weeks and months can lead to extraordinary results. I embarked on this journey because I wanted to excel in my craft, to become a professionally trained public speaker capable of inspiring and influencing others. In a recent LinkedIn post, I shared the essence of this journey, emphasizing the importance of turning thoughts into action. If you keep telling yourself, “I think I can, I think I can,” you will eventually prove yourself right.  


Here are three key takeaways from my journey:

a)Clarity and Visualization: Get clear on your goals and visualize yourself achieving them. It’s the first step in turning aspirations into reality. b)Learn from the Best: Seek opportunities to practice and find resources that support your growth. Learning from the best is a mantra I live by. c)Community and Accountability: Surround yourself with a supportive community that holds you accountable. My journey was enriched by the guidance of Chris Thyberb, the support of my accountability buddy Suzanne Sheely-Walker, and the camaraderie of an amazing speaking community. This journey is just the beginning. As I reflect on the stories I tell myself throughout this adventure, I recognize the power of starting with “I think I can, I think I can.” These stories will inevitably evolve into a new narrative: “I know I can, I know I can!”  

What’s the little engine in you saying?

As you read this, consider your own journey. What goals are you pursuing? How can you turn your thoughts into actions? Are you ready to embark on a journey of continuous improvement and greatness? Remember, the journey is as important as the destination. Keep pushing, keep believing, and soon, you’ll be saying, “I know I can, I know I can!”


“Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson


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