Posted: Monday, February 13th, 2017 by Gaelyn Whitley Keith

Billionaire Warren Buffett tells us that this is the most valuable skill we should learn.

Imagine working on one skill in 2017 that--once you improve it--will raise your value by 50 percent. That one skill is public speaking.  The dividends on the investment you make in sharpening your communication skills will pay off for the rest of your career. Don't take my word for it. Listen to billionaire Warren Buffett's advice to a class of business students at Columbia University back in 2009:File:Warren Buffett KU Visit.jpg"Right now, I would pay $100,000 for 10 percent of the future earnings of any of you, so if you're interested, see me after class."

After the laughter subsided, he turned serious.

"Now, you can improve your value by 50 percent just by learning communication skills--public speaking. If that's the case, see me after class and I'll pay you $150,000."

Buffett's point is that mastering the art of public speaking is the single greatest skill to boost your career.

You might be thinking, "That's great, but I have a fear of public speaking." That's OK. Buffett was actually terrified too.  That is where your "SELF-TALK''' comes into play.  

Overcoming your fear

As a young stock adviser, Buffett took a Dale Carnegie public-speaking course to overcome his fear. It's a little known fact, but Buffett dropped out of the course on his first try, because he was afraid he'd be asked to speak up. He worked up his courage a second time and today proudly displays his Dale Carnegie certificate in his office.

To bad Warrent Buffett didn't know anything about '''SELF-TALK'''.  He could have listened to it a heard:

“I am really very special. I like who I am and feel good about myself. Although I work to improve myself every day, I like who I am today.”

“Nothing stops me. I have a lot of determination. I turn problems into advantages. I find possibilities in every situation.”

“I know I can accomplish anything I choose; I refuse to let anything negative hold me back or stand in my way.”

Self-Talk changes the picture – it changes the programming which creates the belief, which develops the attitude, which creates the feelings, which control the behavior.

Our friends, family, teachers, and co-workers have shaped the programming that we rely on to get through our lives. However, at a more surface level, what we experience on a day-to-day basis are our “feelings”.  Our ‘’’SELF-TALK’’’  determines our behavior. If you get a bad feeling about speaking up in a meeting, then your behavior will probably result in silence. If you have been having great ‘’’SELF-TALK’’’ about asking your boss for a raise, your behavior will likely reflect your feelings. Feelings play an important role in our life because they are the gut checks that we have before we take action. If your ‘’’SELF-TALK’’’ consistently projects a specific emotion to your brain, you will act accordingly with your feelings.

So if our feelings are so important – how do we change them?Our behavior is rooted in our ‘’’SELF-TALK’’’.  Our feelings are developed by our attitudes, our attitudes are created by our beliefs, and our beliefs come from our programming. If we can change our fundamental programming, we can change our behavior.

This is where Self-Talk can be helpful. Our programming is developed by what we are told and what we tell ourselves. If ‘’’SELF-TALK''' is employed in a repetitive way, you canmake your brain believewhat you are saying. Imagine replacing the negative ‘’’SELF-TALK’’’ – ‘“I wish I had more time” to “I make time and take time to do what I need to do. I am responsible for choosing when, where, and how I spend my time. And I choose to spend my time in a way that creates the greatest benefits in my life.”’'''SELF-TALK''' a powerful transition that your brain will believe.

What Is '''Self-Talk''' ? 

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